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The Portuguese has tasted continental glory five times throughout his remarkable career, now with his sights set on clinching a sixth crown.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to embark on another “long road” to the final of the Champions League, with a five-time winner of the most important club competition in European football aiming for a first continental crown with Juventus.
The bianconeri made light work of their group, one that included Liga giant Barcelona, and advanced to the round of 16 with 15 points accumulated in six games.
They are now preparing to face Porto in the first knockout phase, with Ronaldo, who previously took the final prize with Manchester United and Real Madrid, fully aware of what it takes to end the 25-year wait for the Juve at the most. prestigious awards.
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Ronaldo posted on Instagram: “This is what the Champions League is all about: the knockout rounds. It is almost as if from this moment another competition began and everyone had to contribute their game A, because every detail can make a difference.
“In the last few years we went home earlier than we wanted to, but we continue to aim higher each season and this year is no exception.
“Tomorrow we have a very important game against a very strong team and I can only hope that it is the beginning of the long walk we want to take until the final.
“Respect for the rival, ambition for victory and 100% concentration on our goals.”
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Ronaldo is in his third season with the Bianconeri, but has yet to lead them to a European masterpiece.
Juve took off in the quarter-final stage in 2018-19, before retiring in the round of 16 last season.
Having a five-time Ballon d’Or winner should help their cause this time, with the Champions League’s all-time leading scorer adding another 23 efforts to his astonishing tally across all competitions in 2020-21.
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Giorgio Chiellini is another desperate to deliver long-awaited continental glory to Turin, with the 36-year-old defender spending the last 15 years on Juve’s books.
He told reporters before a meeting with Porto, with his midfielder Leonardo Bonucci being ruled out due to injury: “In the Champions League it is more difficult, because we know our rivals less.
“We have to avoid making the mistakes we have made in recent years, as they cost us.
“We are fighting for all the objectives, now the Champions League begins and we arrive with enthusiasm.
“But we are aware of the difficulties we face. It is a team that defends well and receives few goals. They have quality on the sides and in the front.
“They are a physical aspect and should be taken seriously. We will have to avoid hitting the wall ”.