Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals against Atalanta earned his Manchester United team a crucial point in their quest to qualify for the Champions League last sixteen.
The 36-year-old’s inch-perfect volley into the bottom corner in injury time ensured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stayed top of Group F with two games to play.
His brace on his first appearance back in Italy, following his departure from Juventus in the summer, took his all-time goalscoring tally in the Champions League to 139, which means he is now 16 clear of his great rival Lionel Messi (123).
Our number seven took his club tally for the season to nine goals in 11 games.
Ronaldo will be targeting a sixth Champions League this season and if he manages to pull that off back at Manchester United, there is no doubt he will be in and around finishing this season as the competition’s top scorer once again.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s brace against Gian Piero Gasperini’s side came on a night that Bayern Munich’s very own goalscoring machine Robert Lewandowski struck a hat-trick, as well as missing a penalty.
The 33-year-old’s hat-trick meant he leapfrogged Ajax’s Sebastian Haller as this season’s Champions League top goalscorer and took his tally to eight goals from four games.
Ronaldo is three goals behind the Poland international with five goals from his four games.
Ronaldo comes up with the goods against Atalanta again
Fresh after scoring the dramatic winner at Old Trafford, Ronaldo tested Juan Musso from range in the opening 30 seconds.
After Josip Ilicic’s effort squirmed under David de Gea to give La Dea the lead, United kicked into gear on the stroke of half-time with a sensational move involving Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes and Ronaldo.
Greenwood injected the pace and tempo into United’s play by firing the ball into Fernandes, who laid the ball into Ronaldo’s path with a deft backheel, who then calmly slotted the ball home with a clinical finish.
Heading into injury time and with United facing a crushing defeat after Duvan Zapata restored the hosts lead in Bergamo, Ronaldo produced yet another exquisite volley, fresh off the back of his exploits in North London at the weekend to rescue a point for his team.
He finished the game with 50 touches and completed 32 of his attempted 36 passes (89%). He completed two of his attempted three dribbles and made two key passes (SofaScore).
United’s main man also won two ground duels and two aerial duels as well as making one clearance.
At a time when his manager and team needed him more than ever, Ronaldo once again came up with the goods at the clutch moment.
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