With 13 Champions League titles, Real Madrid are the most successful team to play in the competition. Since the inaugural tournament in 1957, Madrid have won the prestigious trophy more than any other team, with their closest contender being AC Milan, who have secured the trophy seven times. They are also the first team to successfully defend the trophy since the tournament was rebranded in 1992.
Despite their successful history in the competition, they aren’t the favourites to lift the trophy this season according to the Champions League winner odds 2018 sites, such as Betfair. Their inconsistent start to the season under new manager Julen Lopetegui hasn’t helped their odds, but arguably the main reason for the change in odds is the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
For the past nine years, Ronaldo was a key part of the Real Madrid squad, constantly being the top goal scorer and producing moments of magic out of nowhere. Although Madrid’s squad is packed with world class talent, the departure of the Portuguese superstar means that they are now lacking a player who could make the most out of the chances he was given and converting it.
The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo may have negatively affected Real Madrid, but it has benefitted Juventus. After a week of speculation this summer, Ronaldo made a surprising move to Juventus in a deal worth around £100 million. This made him the most expensive player aged over 30 years old. Following the announcement of his transfer, it immediately made Juventus amongst the favourites to win the competition at the end of the season.
After two wins out of two, Juventus are well on track to reach the next round. However, their next game will be a fairly emotional one for Cristiano Ronaldo as he’ll face off against his old club, Manchester United. The forward spent his late teens and early twenties at the English club and developed into the world class player he is today.
With the game quickly approaching us, this infographic looks back at Ronaldo’s career and his goal scoring exploits. Check it out!