Ronaldo’s favourite opponent: Why Man Utd star loves playing against Atletico MadridThe forward has faced Atleti more than any other team in his career and he’ll be hoping to inflict more misery on Diego Simeone’s side on Wednesday Ronaldo’s favourite opponent: Why Man Utd star loves playing against Atletico Madrid. The forward has faced Atleti more than any other team in his career and he’ll be hoping to inflict more misery on Diego Simeone’s side on Wednesday When the Champions League last-16 draw took place in December and Manchester United were drawn against Paris Saint Germain, the conversation only went in one direction. It was all about Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo for potentially the last time in the competition.
However, a “technical problem” means we will have to continue waiting to witness that era-defining rivalry on the pitch one last time, as the re-draw saw United paired with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid instead, thus reviving a different feud.The two clubs do not have much history, having only previously faced one another in a two-legged clash in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991.
However, Diego Simeone and some of his Atletico players know all about going up against Ronaldo. Indeed, Wednesday night’s clash at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium will add another chapter to a 13-year feud.
Even though he has been struggling of late, with just one goal in his past eight outings for United, Ronaldo will no doubt believe himself capable of inflicting more misery on Atletico.
It’s also worth remembering that United wouldn’t even be in the last 16 were it not for Ronaldo, who netted six times in the group stage.
So, don’t be surprised if another meeting with his favourite opponent brings the best out of Ronaldo once again.