Ronaldo's preferred opponent: Why Man Utd star enjoys playing against Atletico Madrid

The forward has dealt with Atleti more than any other team in his career and he'll be wanting to inflict more torment on Diego Simeone's side on Wednesday.

When the Champions League last-16 draw took place in December and Manchester United were drawn against Paris Saint Germain, the discussion just went in one direction.It was everything about Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo for possibly the last time in the competition.

Nevertheless, a "technical problem" suggests we will need to continue waiting to witness that era-defining competition on the pitch one last time, as the re-draw saw United coupled with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid instead, thus reviving a various feud.

The two clubs do not have much history, having just previously dealt with one another in a two-legged clash in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1991.However, Diego Simeone and some of his Atletico players understand everything about going up against Ronaldo.Undoubtedly, Wednesday night's clash at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium will add another chapter to a 13-year fight." Ronaldo has been Atletico's worst headache," Mario Cortegana, Real Madrid reporter for MARCA, informed GOAL.

" Atletico fans have actually constantly attempted to tease him, making jokes about every information of his life and career, however Ronaldo always triumphes.".The United forward has faced Atletico more than any other challenger, 31 times to be accurate, during his time at Real Madrid and Juventus.He has actually managed 25 goals, including 4 hat-tricks, and 9 assists throughout those meetings.

Ronaldo helped end Atletico's Champions League hopes on 5 consecutive events in between 2014 and 2019, so you can comprehend why the Rojiblancos fans have an issue with the Portuguese.

The rivalry is arguably finest summed up by the Champions League quarter-final in between Juventus and Atletico three years ago.Ronaldo withstood an uncommon off night throughout the Bianconeri's first-leg loss in Madrid and was buffooned mercilessly by the home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano.

He responded by putting five fingers as much as the electronic camera to advise them of how many Champions League titles he had won.He likewise informed reporters in the combined zone after the game that he was confident that Juve would turn the tie around in Turin.

" Even though they had lost 2-0 on the night, his confidence was impressive," a source told GOAL." He stated he was angry about the result however he was smiling due to the fact that he understood what he could do in the return leg.".It is likewise comprehended Ronaldo told family and friends that Juventus would go through and that he would score the decisive goals.

As it turned out, the laugh he sported in the blended zone in Madrid was totally justified.The Portugal international produced one of the excellent Champions League performances as he finished a hat-trick four minutes from time to send out Juventus into the semi-finals." He's simply a living football god, it's outrageous," former Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand stated of Ronaldo's treble in Turin.

Once again, then, Simeone was left getting the pieces after another ravaging display from Atletico's bane.After scoring the killer third goal, Ronaldo had even imitated the Argentine's 'cojones' event from the very first leg in a bid to rub additional salt into Simeone's wounds.

So, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is set for a hostile reception on Wednesday night.Ronaldo may not be the same player that ran riot in La Liga for 9 years however Simeone knows much better than to write off the 37-year-old.

" It is tough to get ready for a player like Cristiano. He is an animal in front of goal," Simeone stated ahead of the Champions League group-stage clash in between Atletico and Juventus in 2019.

" He has an incredible record and he is constantly difficult to manage in any goalscoring situation. He has actually made us suffer in the past.".Although he has been struggling of late, with simply one goal in his past 8 trips for United, Ronaldo will no doubt think himself capable of inflicting more anguish on Atletico.It's also worth remembering that United would not even remain in the last 16 were it not for Ronaldo, who netted 6 times in the group stage.So, don't be surprised if another conference with his favourite challenger brings the best out of Ronaldo once again.

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