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Real Madrid vs Galatasaray: Cristiano Ronaldo's Clutch Play Steals the Show

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 09:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match between Galatasaray AS and Real Madrid at the Turk Telekom Arena on April 9, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 9, 2013

While Turkish club Galatasaray will be celebrating a 3-2 win over Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, Los Blancos will be the ones advancing to the UEFA Champions League semifinals thanks to another clutch performance from superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, who has been playing on a never-before-seen level as of late, scored the match's first goal on Tuesday, putting Madrid ahead 1-0 less than eight minutes in. But it was his second goal two minutes into injury time that sealed the deal for his side. 

Make that 11 goals in 10 UEFA Champions League matches for Ronaldo this season (via FootballFacts101).

With only two more rounds left to play, Madrid looks to be the favorite to hoist the European Cup for one overwhelming reason: Cristiano Ronaldo.

He stole the show with his match-winner at Old Trafford against his old club in the Round of 16 last month, and again on Tuesday with yet another clutch goal that sent his side through to the UEFA Champions League semifinals for the third consecutive year.

Yes, for a moment the storyline was Galatasaray's three goals in a 15-minute span, which nearly pulled the Yellow-Reds even on aggregate. But that flurry proved meaningless in the end as Ronaldo's late goal will be the only memory that survives Tuesday's match.

Ronaldo has been making a stellar case for himself as the planet's top player over the past few matches, scoring goals and essentially putting the squad on his back for the most part. 

Tuesday's performance is a great example of what Ronaldo looks like at his best. Not only did he provide Madrid with some breathing room early on the road, but he also sealed the deal late like a world-class superstar striker is supposed to do. 

Based on what we've seen thus far, Ronaldo is determined to lead Madrid to its 10th European Cup in 2013 and there's no reason to believe he won't. The 28-year-old forward has done little off the pitch to bring attention to himself or his club, instead using his magical boots to put Madrid at the top of the UEFA Champions League contenders list.

In order to halt Madrid's run to the European Cup, a team is going to have to achieve the unthinkable, which is to stop a scorching-hot Cristiano Ronaldo from doing what he does best: score goals.


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