Cristiano Ronaldo sends brilliant message to fans after return

Reuters  PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW

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Even 25-year-old Harry Kane - whose strike rate in the Champions League is a superb 14 goals from 17 appearances - would need 10 solid seasons of scoring 11 goals or more to reach Ronaldo's current mark.

De Ligt's Ajax had to settle for a draw in the first leg of the quarter-final tie despite dominating in Amsterdam, where Ronaldo's opener was cancelled out by David Neres on Wednesday.

"It's nice when you can have the battle on the pitch and there's respect after the game".

Speaking after Juventus' 1-1 draw with Ajax on Wednesday night, he said: "My future?"

"I think we've done pretty well".

In the previous round, Ronaldo nearly single-handedly overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to Atletico by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-0 win. Just as quickly as the second half can get started, Ajax goes and gets their equalizer.

Ajax then had to ride their luck as Juve substitute Douglas Costa hit a shot against the post. Ajax has important qualities, they bring so many men over the ball and they play well in the passage.

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The two clash in the return leg of the Champions League next week in Turin, with the Italian powerhouse favorites to make the semi-finals.

Local broadcaster AT5 showed images of scores of chanting fans being hosed by the water cannon and responding by tossing fireworks and flares at police before mounted officers charged at them followed by riot police.

A police statement said that a number of weapons as well as flares and fireworks were seized from supporters in the city's metro and on the approach to the stadium.

Lionel Messi is 17 goals behind the former Real Madrid forward, while the next active player, Karim Benzema, trails Ronaldo by a whopping 65 goals.

Given the relative weakness of the weekend's opposition, coach Massimiliano Allegri may not want to risk Ronaldo ahead of Tuesday's Champions League decider and could rotate his side. We were too quick to give the ball away.

The home side were not behind long, equalising within 30 seconds of the second half.

Barcelona recorded a narrow 1-0 win at Manchester United's Old Trafford, with Luke Shaw's early own goal enough to give the Catalan giants the edge in the tie.

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