Football

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

espn: The Italian top flight was graced by a real humdinger of a match on Tuesday as AC Milan beat Juventus 4-2 in an enthralling tussle at the San Siro (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.).

All the goals came in an action-packed second half that saw Juve score twice in quick succession after the restart, only for Milan to come romping back with four goals in the space of 20 minutes.

Despite being two of the most decorated sides in Italian football, it was the first time Milan have ever come back from more than one goal down to beat Juve in any competition in the club’s entire 120-year history.

The stellar clash also played host to the latest, and quite possibly last ever, meeting between two giants of the modern era in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Both veteran superstars played their respective parts as Ronaldo found the net with a calm breakaway finish to put Juve two goals ahead, only for an Ibrahimovic penalty to spark Milan’s amazing comeback shortly thereafter.

While he ended up on the losing side on the night, Ronaldo also notched his 30th goal of the season — the 10th time he’s done so in his last 11 seasons (2018-19 being the only campaign in which he fell short).

It should perhaps also be noted that the Portuguese forward also debuted yet another new hairstyle, finally trading the dodgy lockdown top knot in for something a little more debonair — just the latest in a long, long, long line of signature looks.

We were also treated to some typically humble postmatch quotes from Ibrahimovic after the Swedish star once again delivered under pressure to alter the course of the match in the Rossoneri’s favour. All with a little help from his “best friend,” of course.

Having notched from the spot, Ibrahimovic was subbed off for the final half an hour of the game but was still seen bellowing instructions to his teammates from the bench.

“I am president, player and coach [of Milan]!” the 38-year-old, who arrived in January following his 18-month stint with LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, bragged postmatch after being asked about his involvement in the remarkable encounter.

“The only negative is that I only get paid for being a player! If I had been here from the first day of the season, then we would’ve won the Scudetto.”

We think he’s joking, but as always it’s incredibly difficult to tell.

Ibrahimovic’s haughty quotes didn’t go down well with one former MLS rival, as DC United midfielder Felipe Martins didn’t hide his lingering antipathy toward his erstwhile opponent.

With Ibra and Ronaldo now at a combined age of 73 (with an astonishing 1,272 career goals between them) and the former’s contract at Milan not set to extend beyond this season, it’s unlikely the two will come face-to-face on the field many more times — if at all.

Over the years, the pair have come up against each other 13 times with Ronaldo overall getting the better of his great rival on the domestic, European and international stages.

2003-04: Portugal 2-2 Sweden (International friendly)
2008-09: Inter Milan 0-0 Manchester United, Manchester United 2-0 Inter Milan (Champions League round of 16); Sweden 0-0 Portugal (World Cup qualifier)
2009-10: Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid (La Liga)
2010-11: Real Madrid 2-0 AC Milan, AC Milan 2-2 Real Madrid (Champions League group stage)
2013-14: Portugal 1-0 Sweden, Sweden 2-3 Portugal (World Cup qualification playoff)
2015-16: Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain (Champions League group stage)
2019-20: AC Milan 1-1 Juventus (Coppa Italia semifinal first leg); AC Milan 4-2 Juventus (Serie A)

Of the 13 meetings, Ronaldo has been on the winning side five times to Ibra’s two, with six games ending in draws.

Ronaldo has scored eight goals across their clashes for club and country, including an inspirational hat trick for Portugal against Ibra’s Sweden in the second leg of a 2014 World Cup qualifying playoff.

For the record, Ibra has scored four times — the most notable probably being his brilliant volleyed winner for Barcelona against Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in a Clasico in 2009-10.

If Tuesday’s six-goal thriller is to be the final dance between two of the game’s modern greats, then what a way for them to close out the rivalry.

Source: Published  by espn

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Kelvin Ijeh
Kelvin Ijeh
28 days ago

Really inspiring stat

victor okonkwo
victor okonkwo
28 days ago

Amazing

Abdullah gbolahan
Abdullah gbolahan
28 days ago

It gonna be war

Gideon
Gideon
28 days ago

This is going to be amazing match

Ademola micheal
Ademola micheal
28 days ago

That’s great

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
28 days ago

Wonderful

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
28 days ago

very good and convincing start

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
28 days ago

Interesting

Temitope Samson Fayomi
Temitope Samson Fayomi
28 days ago

Amazing

Oluwatimilehin olakunle
Oluwatimilehin olakunle
28 days ago

Nice update

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
28 days ago

Very good n wanderfull

Israel Ekhosuehi
Israel Ekhosuehi
28 days ago

Fantastic

Israel Ekhosuehi
Israel Ekhosuehi
28 days ago

Great statistics

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
28 days ago

The statistics is very impressive

Uka, Adaeze Imaga
Uka, Adaeze Imaga
28 days ago

Interesting one

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
28 days ago

Great

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
28 days ago

Wonderful

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
28 days ago

Ronsomealdo is always awe

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
28 days ago

Ronaldo is always awesome

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
28 days ago

What a nice stat

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
28 days ago

Nice update.

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
28 days ago

I give it up to Cristiano Ronaldo

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
28 days ago

amazing achievement

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
28 days ago

Zlatan is no match for Ronaldo

augustine madu
augustine madu
28 days ago

Nice update

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
28 days ago

It’s gonna be war

Catherine Ochigbo
Catherine Ochigbo
28 days ago

Very good

Okebowale Ayomide
Okebowale Ayomide
28 days ago

Don’t imagine it

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
28 days ago

Was really interesting

Solomon Utom john
Solomon Utom john
28 days ago

Amazing

Aba Osita Oscar
Aba Osita Oscar
28 days ago

Rinaldo is great

Uzoh pascal
Uzoh pascal
28 days ago

What a match

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
28 days ago

Great!

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
28 days ago

This is an interesting up date

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
28 days ago

Amazing

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
28 days ago

Nice update

Dami dare
Dami dare
28 days ago

Great

Joy Chidimma
Joy Chidimma
28 days ago

Very good and great

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
28 days ago

This will be amazing graze

Kamal Dauda
Kamal Dauda
28 days ago

What a comeback

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
28 days ago

The match was explosive

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
28 days ago

It’s gonna be tough

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
28 days ago

Very interesting one

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
28 days ago

These are two great players

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
28 days ago

Milan breaks record

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
28 days ago

It’s gonna be war

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
28 days ago

Credible

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
28 days ago

Hilarious encounter

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
28 days ago

Tough one.

Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
28 days ago

Ronaldo & Ibra great players indeed