What is Cristiano Ronaldo's record against Pep Guardiola teams?

Pep Guardiola has described Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘scoring machine’ and ‘one of the best players’ in the history of football ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby.

The Manchester City manager like so many in the footballing world is in awe of our number seven’s phenomenal goalscoring prowess.

Guardiola will be tasked with coming up with a game plan to stop Ronaldo scoring at Old Trafford.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win in the Champions League against Club Brugge last night, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager stated that he would be watching our game against Atalanta.


In eight games against Guardiola’s City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won four, drawn one and lost three.

But what is Ronaldo’s record against Guardiola sides?

Ronaldo record v Guardiola teams

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Ronaldo’s first game against Guardiola came in the last game of his first stint at Manchester United, which was the 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League final.

The 36-year-old’s career at Real Madrid started with three consecutive defeats to Guardiola’s Barcelona, Madrid didn’t score in any of those encounters.

Included in those defeats was a 5-0 hammering which resembled United’s recent pasting against Liverpool.

Ronaldo’s first goal against Guardiola came via the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw, after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner cancelled out an earlier spot kick by his great rival Lionel Messi.

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Four days after the 1-1 league draw in April 2011, Ronaldo scored a trademark towering header in extra time to give Jose Mourinho’s Madrid the Copa del Rey trophy after a 1-0 win against Barcelona.

In the two-legged 2011 Supercopa, Ronaldo scored in the second leg at the Nou Camp but his Madrid side lost 5-4 across the two games.

In April 2012, Ronaldo scored a crucial winner in a 2-1 win at the Nou Camp which helped Madrid go on and win La Liga that season.

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In the 2013/14 Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-0 win at the Allianz Arena as Carlo Ancelotti’s side ran out 5-0 winners on aggregate.

Madrid went on to win their first of four Champions League’s in five years that season.

In 16 games against Guardiola, Ronaldo has won four, lost eight and drawn four. In those games he has scored seven times.

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