UEFA Champions League 2012: Best Matchups to Watch Wednesday

Andy Liu@@AndyKHLiuCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 30:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid lines up a penalty kick during the la Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Deportivo La Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on September 30, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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The UEFA Champions League started a couple weeks ago, but the matchups are starting to get juicy as the best players in the world take the pitch and put their skills on display. Every single match is must-watch, especially with players like Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi gracing us with their presence. 

Tough to choose, but I take a look at the two top matchups according to player interest and competition this coming Wednesday. 


Real Madrid vs. Ajax

Any time Cristian Ronaldo steps onto a field, it is absolutely must-see TV. On Sept. 18, Ronaldo scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute after a hectic last few minutes culminating in a 3-2 Madrid victory. That led to the Madrid head coach, Jose Mourinho, doing a rather fun celebration

Ronaldo seems to be over his early season struggles when he appeared to be sad on the team and was not celebrating goals, at least for now. Look for Ronaldo to come close to another hat trick after having one against Deportivo La Coruna.

With Madrid's recent success against Ajax, winning their previous four games, they will look to avoid a big letdown in a crucial match. Ajax isn't nearly on the same talent level and it should be fun to see how Ronaldo responds. 


Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund 

An absolute must-win game for Manchester City. If they lose, and Madrid wins, they will be six points out the top two spots in the knockout round. This comes after the City lost to Madrid 3-2 a couple weeks ago, putting them in this predicament. 

City won the Premier League title last season for the first time in 44 years, but they lost in the group stage of the Champions League. Dortmund also lost in the group phase after succeeding before that, winning the Bundesliga title. 

This match won't be the lopsided one the Ajax-Madrid one might be. Dortmund will look to break Manchester's streak of winning 17 straight home games against European competition.

David Silva and City will look to combat the speedy defense of the Dortmund squad and the striking ability of Robert Lewandowski.