Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his delight at returning to Madrid after Manchester United drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 at Wanda Metropolitano.
Young Anthony Elanga came off the bench and equalized for United after hitting Joao Felix’s head in the first half to put the home side ahead.
The second leg at Old Trafford will be played on March 15.
Ronaldo spent nine years at Real Madrid after his first game with the Red Devils, winning four Champions League titles and two LaLiga titles at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Portuguese midfielder has an impressive record against Atletico, having scored 25 goals in 36 games against them, and managed to manage more compared to Sevilla throughout his career.
Ronaldo’s club hat-tricks have come from Atletico, two of which have been relegated to the Champions League – no other player has ever made history against a single rival in Europe’s top-tier competition.
However, he did not find the net on Wednesday. It was the Sun who benefited from United’s 500th goal in the European Cup / Champions League.
Ronaldo seemed satisfied with his night job, writing on Instagram: “It has always been a pleasure to return to Madrid, one of the few cities in the world that I have learned to call ‘home’.
“Good mood, good players, good game, this is the Champions League! Mother of all club competitions!
“We now have the opportunity to close this gap, to show everyone why Old Trafford is the Theater of Dreams and will always be the Theater of Dreams.
“Finally, thank you to our wonderful supporters! Your presence makes us strong, and together we will move forward! Let’s go, Devils!”