Why Bayern Munich & Athletico Madrid Should Be Wary Of Facing Ronaldo In The Champions League Knockout Stage

Champions League Knockout Stage

Thomas Müller became the first German player in UEFA Champions League history to score 50 goals. He is currently ranked ninth on the all-time list of UEFA Champions League scorers. Both Manchester United and Bayern Munich finished first in their groups and will not meet in the round of 16, but will most likely meet in the quarter-finals or semi-finals if they advance. However, if Bayern Munich is drawn against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, they will have to be wary of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The German giants should be wary of Cristiano Ronaldo because of his scoring statistics against them in the past. Bayern Munich is one of Ronaldo’s favorite clubs to score against in European competition. The Portuguese international has nine goals in eight games against Bayern Munich. The Manchester United legend is in top form, having scored in all five group stage games he has played in the 2021/22 season. He is also one of the top scorers in the UEFA Champions League this season.

If Manchester United is drawn against Bayern Munich, the German club will have to find a way to prevent him from scoring his tenth goal against them. Remember that when Ronaldo was playing for Real Madrid, he scored an incredible Hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the Quarter-finals, helping Madrid advance 6-3 on aggregate. Bayern Munich is aware that Cristiano Ronaldo is a lethal striker and would prefer not to face him in the early stages of the knockout.

However, Bayern Munich is not Cristiano Ronaldo’s only favorite club; Atletico Madrid has also conceded seven goals in ten UEFA Champions League games against Ronaldo. This explains why the Spanish club will have to hope they are not drawn against Manchester United. Remember that when Ronaldo was playing for Juventus, he scored a hat-trick against Athletico Madrid to help his team overcome a 2-0 deficit and advance to the quarter-finals.

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