Cristiano Ronaldo
Rio Ferdinand Says Cristiano Ronaldo Returning to Manchester United is ‘The Stuff of Dreams’ Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid fans believed Manchester United's legendary striker Cristiano Ronaldo was completely unrecognizable at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano Wednesday. They gave Ronaldo a frosty reception every time he touched the ball.

Ronaldo seemed to be Atletico Madrid fans' ultimate public enemy. The Portuguese footballer scored 25 goals in 35 games against Atletico Madrid during his time in Real Madrid, denying the Colchoneros any wins.

However, Ronaldo was absent in the first half, barely getting within the touching distance of Jan Oblak's goal. During the second half, Ronaldo spent longer closer to goal, but he seemed far off the exceptional goalscorer he used to be. Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho were not seen in the game as well. Manchester United team gained a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.

Just like the other nights, Ronaldo showed his frustration throughout the game. Before the half-time at the Wanda Metropolitano, he was seen on the penalty spot; he delivered a shrug of the shoulders, pulled a face and raised a finger. He also threw back his arm in annoyance, pausing to applaud the fans in the north stand. Ronaldo crossed the pitch and turned up the tunnel on his own.

Ronaldo was at ease before the game as he was seen jokingly videobombing a journalist despite the expected hostile welcome that awaited him at the Wanda Metropolis stadium. Later the former Juventus star displayed an unpleasant vibe during the game.

Ronaldo has put many teams to awful defeats, but he has affected Atletico Madrid almost more than any other team. Among those impressive wins were a goal in the 2014 Champions League final, the winning penalty two years later, a hat-trick in the semi-final two years after that and the last time he faced them, he scored another hattrick to knock them out.

In total, the 37-year-old Portugal international has scored against them 25 times. The last time Ronaldo had left the stadium, the striker was raising four fingers as he went past the press, a gesture showing he had won four Champions Leagues to Atletico's none, he seemed to remind them, as if they needed a telling.

Manchester United earned the chance to fight another day, heading next to Manchester on March 15 as they try to win their third knockout tie in Europe's elite competition since getting to the final in 2011.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts during the warm up prior to the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg One match between Atletico Madrid and Manchester United at Estadio Metropolitano on February 23, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

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