UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Re-Draw Pits Man Utd Against Atletico Madrid

UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Re-Draw Pits Man Utd Against Atletico Madrid

Following a complaint from La Liga club Atletico Madrid, the UEFA Champions League draw had been redone where the new opponents of the Spanish club were named. It’s not a great draw, and it puts them immediately on the brink of elimination. The said team they’re facing is Manchester United.

The team, most especially stalwart Cristiano Ronaldo, can be a nightmare for any team facing them in the competition. For his part, Ronaldo is an accomplished athlete of the competition. He is a five-time winner of the competition, as well as the scorer of a record 140 goals spanning 181 appearances and counting.

A History with Manchester United

Perhaps, what Luis Suarez and the rest of Atleti should focus on is the fact that Ronaldo found his best footing with the club. During his youthful days, he found his first diadem with the club at Old Trafford. Since then, and during his return, his Champions League matches has been mostly successful.

The controversy-filled Champions League draw has chosen a familiar foe for Ronaldo. Given that Atleti are currently La Liga champions, it should be interesting to see whether they will bring that caliber with them when they face Manchester United and old foe Cristiano Ronaldo on a bigger stage.

The Controversy, As It Happened

Initially, the football live score was supposed to be a whole lot different. During the draw, Manchester United’s ball was revealed to have been excluded from the pot which contained the potential Last 16 opponents that Atletico was supposed to face.

Villareal was drawn alongside them, initially. However, since they progressed from the same group, a re-draw was done where the match would’ve been epic—Manchester United was supposed to have faced powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, with Lionel Messi and Ronaldo set to face again, supposedly.

Why Facing Ronaldo is a Worst-Case Scenario

Given their history, Atletico Madrid has always been the favorite of 12BET online sports betting players—but not when facing Ronaldo. It is revealed that the Portuguese star has always been the bane of the football club. 

During his time with Real Madrid, the club has always gotten the best of their city rivals. This happened on five separate occasions during 2014 to 2019, with the winner of their clashes always Real. If Diego Simeone doesn’t draw up an effective plan to contain Ronaldo, this might not change any time soon.


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