Valencia stopper creates history by foiling Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo

Mestalla Valencia

Diego Alves was instrumental in denying Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday.

Valencia shot-stopper Diego Alves became the first man to deny Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from the penalty spot on two separate occasions.

The Portuguese winger has been absolutely astonishing since trading Manchester United for Madrid in the summer of 2009, scoring 306 goals in 297 appearances in all competitions.

His sheer presence on the field is enough to put fear into the opposition defenders, and goalkeepers around Europe have had no reply to his brilliance – or so it seemed.

On Saturday, the 30-year-old faced a resurgent Valencia side boasting a solid defence and one of the best shot-stoppers in La Liga in Diego Alves.

The Brazilian international has only ever represented his country on eight occasions, but in Spain he is held in much higher esteem and on Saturday he illustrated exactly why.

With Madrid trailing 2-0, they were awarded a soft penalty just before half-time. You would put your mortgage on Ronaldo scoring, but his low effort was brilliantly saved by Alves.

The Valencia hero couldn’t prevent the hosts rescuing a draw, but his penalty stop was his 16th success in La Liga and his second against the former United superstar - the only player to achieve such a feat.

The 29-year-old stopper signed a new five-year deal at the Mestalla stadium last summer and his heroics this season have helped his side push for a Champions League spot.

Los Che currently lie in fourth spot in La Liga as we approach the season finale, four points ahead of Sevilla having played one game extra.

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