Manchester City vs. Real Madrid: Ronaldo Will Dominate in Return to Manchester

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 20, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides winning goal during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 18, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo will dominate for Real Madrid in the club's Champions League match versus Manchester City on Wednesday, which will be his first game in Manchester since he left Manchester United in the summer of 2009.

Ronaldo won the 2008 Champions League title with United and nearly won another in 2009. Even though he's played very well for Los Blancos over the last three-plus seasons, Ronaldo has not been able to lead Madrid to the final of Europe's greatest club competition.

The Portuguese star has already played in England once since leaving United for Madrid (2010-11 UCL quarterfinals vs. Tottenham), but there will be plenty pressure on Ronaldo to perform well against the defending Premier League champions.

The pressure won't be a big issue for Ronaldo, who loves being the center of attention and in the spotlight.

He currently leads the Champions League with five goals and could easily add to his total on Wednesday.

The City defense has been awful in European play this season, especially on set pieces, where their zonal marking has failed them several times. Ronaldo is fantastic on set pieces, whether he's taking a free kick or being a force in the air on corner kicks.

City has given up nine goals through four matches, which is the most in Group D. When these two teams played on Matchday 1, Ronaldo had quite a few scoring opportunities and was able to score the game-winner in stoppage time.

He should achieve similar success against a City defense that is struggling and lacking confidence at the moment.

Not only does Ronaldo want to dominate for personal reasons in his return to Manchester, he understands that Madrid need three points to keep their hopes of winning the "Group of Death" alive.

If they lose this match, it could be very difficult for Madrid to win the group, because a defeat for Madrid and a Borussia Dortmund win versus Ajax would make second place the best possible finish for the Spanish side.

Expect Ronaldo to play brilliantly in a very important game for him and his team.