Real Madrid destroyed Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield in the Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday, and one of their best players was Cristiano Ronaldo.
Heading into the game, the Portugal international was reminded – naively perhaps – that he had not scored at Anfield during his time at Manchester United. 'Football historians’ also pointed out that Madrid had not beaten or scored against Liverpool in their European meetings.
All those stats were blown away midway through the first half as Ronaldo scored a truly great goal (click here to read more). The former United winger could not add to his tally again and was substitute in the 75th minute, but he went off to a resounding applause from the Liverpool fans.
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The stats above demonstrate just how imperious Ronaldo was against Liverpool. The 29-year-old was not only the most talented player on the pitch at Anfield, but he was also arguably the best.
Ronaldo’s movements down the wing and through the middle combined with his passes left the Liverpool defenders at sixes and sevens.
The Portuguese had a pass accuracy of 85%, won three of the six dribbles he tried, had four of his six shots on target and took 78 touches of the ball.
But was Ronaldo at his very best against Liverpool? Probably not, and that’s mainly because he has set such a high standard for him.
Yet, even without being at his very best, Ronaldo was better than the rest of the players of the pitch at Anfield. How terrifying is that!