With the first El Clasico of the 2017-18 season just around the corner, here’s a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo has fared against Barcelona over the years.
Anyone placing Betfair La Liga bets for this weekend’s El Clasico should consider the turn in Ronaldo’s form of late and how he rises to the occasion for the big matches. This match is seen as do or die – we play for the three points that could open the title race up.
The Portuguese superstar joined from Manchester United ahead of the 2009-10 season in a then world record transfer fee.
He had previously faced Barcelona on three occasions in the Champions League – losing the final the season before, but beating them over two legs in the semi-final as he and Manchester United won the 2007-08 competition.
Ronaldo’s first El Clasico experience was not a memorable one as in matchday 12 of the 2009-10 campaign they went down 1-0 at Camp Nou courtesy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s winner 10 minutes in the second half. Playing on the right wing that day, Manuel Pellegrini actually replaced Ronaldo with Karim Benzema 20 minutes into the second half.
In fact, El Clasico won’t bring back too many happy memories for Ronaldo – he lost his first three, including the 5-0 drubbing in November 2010 in what was Jose Mourinho’s first experience as a manager in this tie.
Mourinho and Ronaldo experienced their first win over their rivals in the 2010-11 Copa del Rey final that year, with Emmanuel Adebayor scoring the winner in extra-time.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s record in La Liga matches versus Barcelona reads as just 4 wins, 3 draws and 9 losses. He has scored eight times, only assisted once and picked up five yellow cards during those 16 meetings.
The two world footballing giants actually met five times during the 2010-11 season as they drew each other in the Champions League semi-finals that season. Unfortunately, a ridiculous decision to send off Pepe for nothing on the hour in the first leg led to a 2-0 loss which proved to be tie over.
Ronaldo scored in the 3-1 win at Barcelona in the first leg of our Spanish Super Cup before a late dismissal. Whilst we went on to win the Super Cup by an aggregate score of 5-1, it impacted the start of our league campaign which has led to the big deficit we have to chase.