UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Man United & Ronaldo are out of this season’s UCL

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5 time Ballon D’or winner Ronaldo will be without a trophy for the first time in over a decade after Manchester United’s exit from UCL. Renan Lodi’s goal was enough for the visitors Atletico Madrid to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

United was already knocked out from the Carabao Cup in the third by West Ham United in late September. Moreover, they also suffered a shocking defeat in the 4th round of the FA Cup from Middlesbrough on penalties.

United, currently sits 5th in the league and has just 9 games remaining for this season. The chances of them closing the 20-point deficit with leaders in Manchester City are slim to none.

UCL top scorer Ronaldo, goes trophyless.

Ronaldo, who moved to Manchester United from Juventus in the summer will go trophyless for the first time in a decade. His last trophyless season was in 2009/10 which was his first season for Real Madrid after his world-record transfer from United.

Ronaldo has won 4 UCLs and was desperate to secure the fifth one. But he and his team were outplayed by Simeones’s Defensive masterclass. He did not register a single shot on Oblak’s goal. Moreover, in the final half-hour of play, he only had seven touches of the ball.

From his second season in Madrid, the Portuguese Maestro has won at least one trophy per season which included Four Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, three FIFA Club World Cups, and five league titles which also included 2 league titles for Juventus, who he joined in 2018.

United’s top 4 chances.

With only 9 games remaining in this season’s Premier League, United is currently 5th in the league with 50 points. Both Ronaldo and United will be desperate to get back to next seasons’ UCL. But, Arsenal who is currently 4th in the league with 51 points and 2 games in hand is looking like favorites to qualify for next season’s UCL.

This scenario would undoubtedly add to the anguish of United supporters and Ronaldo, who had both hoped to win the UCL for the fourth time in the club’s history. Only time will tell if Ronaldo will lift a silverware with United.

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