Cristiano Ronaldo had his most unproductive Champions League performance in 11 years

Cristiano Ronaldo turned back the clock to produce a vintage performance at the weekend against Tottenham as he smashed in a hat-trick.

So, if you told us that 2011 Ronaldo was going to show up against Atletico Madrid, we would be pretty confident of success, a season in which he scored 53 goals.

Unfortunately, this was the Ronaldo from the one game in 2011 he did not produce.

Opta shows this was the first time since May 2011 in which Ronaldo did not have a single shot in a Champions League game.

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This is a quite remarkable statistic considering Ronaldo had eight shots against Tottenham at the weekend, and speaks volumes to how well Atletico marshalled him.

Ronaldo frequently had to drift wide to get possession, tried to take players on and failed, and was unable to get the service he needed.

The closest he came was in the second half when he threw himself at a free-kick but couldn’t quite connect with a header.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 15: (L-R) Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United, Renan Lodi of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United v Atletico Madrid at the Old Trafford on March 15, 2022 in Manchester United Kingdom (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Ronaldo did actually have volleyed shot at goal after Raphael Varane’s header was saved by Jan Oblak – but he was offside and so this is not officially registered in with the statistics.

The superstar had 50 touches in all, completing 94 per cent of his passes, he just had no effect in the final third.

All or nothing

While he showed his best at the weekend with a sensational performance, this was not how he wanted to follow it up.

Ronaldo has a great record against Atletico, scoring 25 times against them, but many of these goals have come in bunches, including three hat-tricks.

Simeone’s Atletico have actually shut him out fairly regularly, this was the 18th time Ronaldo had failed to score against them in 37 matches.

Ronaldo against Atletico is boom or bust – and unfortunately for United, both legs of this tie was ‘bust’.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 15: (L-R) Marcos Llorente of Atletico Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United, Stefan Savic of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United v Atletico Madrid at the Old Trafford on March 15, 2022 in Manchester United Kingdom (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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