There may not be a man in world football more obsessed with individual excellence and his own legacy than the Portuguese. It’s why so many people find him so intensely unlikeable. It’s also why you know he’s secretly grinning ear to ear about Madrid’s downfall. The worse they are without him, the better it makes him look.
Ronaldo is now four games away from an opportunity to match Clarence Seedorf’s record of winning the Champions League with three different clubs – a record which would be the crowing jewel in his career, and one you have to think was at the front of his mind when he made the switch to Turin.
Doing it with Juventus might mean more than his first with Manchester United, or his four with Real Madrid. Ronaldo, in his ideal world, would like to win the Champions League completely on his own, and while this Juve side is very good, it’s a level below Barcelona Manchester City. If they win it, he’ll say (maybe not publicly, but he will) it’s because of the man they’re calling ‘Mr Champions League’. After Tuesday night, can you really argue with him?