Thursday 19 July 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo pictured watching video of himself on the bench during Champions League draw

Ronaldo on the bench at Man City with a picture of himself on his phone
Ronaldo on the bench at Man City with a picture of himself on his phone

Cristiano Ronaldo. Even when he did not play he was still the centre of attention.

The Real Madrid forward missed Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final first leg clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium with a thigh strain, and was pictured in his seat down in the dugout.

The match ended 0-0 in a goalless draw.

The Portuguese forward was spotted watching a video of himself, and even reading the team-sheet in his seat (see gallery below) before kick-off.

The 31-year-old had failed a fitness test before kick-off, but said that if it was the final he would have played.

"I will wait for the next game," Ronaldo was quoted as telling reporters before the game. "If tonight was a final I would've still played."

The Portuguese missed the weekend league win at Rayo Vallecano with a thigh injury but had been expected to return for tonight’s match at the Etihad, a ground where he has scored and been shown a red card while wearing a Manchester United jersey.

Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in this season’s competition - as well as being the all-time top scorer in the European Cup - and is one away from equalling the record - which he set - of 17 goals by a single player in a single Champions League season.

(© Independent News Service)

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