Ajax defender De Ligt: Ronaldo a predator in the box

Florence Fletcher
April 14, 2019

His goal against Dutch League side Ajax increased his goal tally to 125th Champions League goals - a record in the history of the championship. "We suffered after their goal but we defended well and finished the game better".

And there it is!

Ajax levelled in the first minute of the second half when Cancelo's poor touch gifted possession to David Neres and the Brazilian produced a wonderful solo goal. What a strike from Neres!

Whatever your thoughts on the Ronaldo and Messi debate, there can be little doubting that the Portugal global is superior in the Champions League. The Portuguese attacker connects with a header to give Juventus a 1-0 lead.

Given the relative weakness of the weekend's opposition, coach Massimiliano Allegri may not want to risk Ronaldo ahead of Tuesday's Champions League decider and could rotate his side.

The Italian, who is looking to guide his team to their first Champions League trophy since 1996, said: "His timing and movement are different to everyone else's, there's nothing you can do about it".

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor had been an injury doubt after picking up a thigh issue playing for Portugal two weeks ago.

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His team's hopes of qualifying for next season's Europa League have plummeted after a bad run of form that has left them 12 points off the second-tier European competition. "He had been out since 25 March but he could not miss this game and he was decisive".

"Of course we have belief, we always have belief, but in the end, it's all about the game in Turin", said the highly promising 19-year-old defender.

"He started the action and he wrapped it up [for the goal]".

Valverde has been careful with the Frenchman ever since and, while it is unlikely that he will play 90 minutes, it could be key to getting him back to full match fitness with the rest of the season in mind.

"We failed against Bayern Munich in the home game [of their group-stage fixture], giving away a 3-2 score".

However, the Portugal global made the night of a young mascot after touching the boy's cheek during their line up for the game.

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