Ronaldo Makes Scoring Return Against Ajax

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Cristiano Ronaldo debuted his new golden hairdo with a diving header to earn Juventus a precious away goal against Ajax in a 1-1 draw in the Champions League quarter-final first leg but the Italian press warned on Thursday the young Dutch team remain risky after eliminating three-time holders Real Madrid.

CRISTIANO RONALDO'S love affair with the Champions League continued last night as he bagged his 125th goal in the competition - exactly 12 years to the day since his very first.

"This will be a chance for somebody else to come back, but the team which does play will be a strong and right one".

Whatever your thoughts on the Ronaldo and Messi debate, there can be little doubting that the Portugal global is superior in the Champions League.

Ronaldo returned from a two-week injury layoff and scored in the team's 1-1 draw at Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday.

In the opening minute of the second half, David Neres capitalized on an error by Juventus winger Jose Cancelo - who provided the cross for Ronaldo's goal - and curled a shot into the far top corner.

"Once again Ronaldo proved to be on a different level", said Allegri.

But Ajax were forced to settle for a first-leg draw as they showed once again their capability to mix it with Europe's best clubs on the biggest stage of them all.

He averages 0.77 goals per game in the Champions League. After all, they lost 2-1 at home to Real in the first leg of the last 16, before winning 4-1 in the return tie in Spain.

Ten Hag admitted that it "isn't exactly what we were hoping for, but it is still a good result".

Ajax were level straight from the restart.

Ajax are still dreaming of winning the European Cup for the fifth time, but Ronaldo remains on course to win the Champions League for the fourth season in a row.

Pique produced a man-of-the-match performance for Barcelona in their 1-0 win over Premier League giants Manchester United in what was the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal clash.

Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the last 16, nearly single-handedly overturning a first-leg deficit.

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