Cristiano Ronaldo Will Lead Real Madrid to Champions League Trophy

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IApril 24, 2013

BILBAO, SPAIN - APRIL 14:  Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides early opening goal with his teammate Marcelo during the la Liga match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid CF at San Mames Stadium on April 14, 2013 in Bilbao, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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After coming up short the past two seasons, Real Madrid will finally win that coveted Champions League trophy in 2013 thanks to star forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

We all know what the 28-year-old is capable of on the field, but his play throughout the 2012-13 UCL has been the best of his career—even better than last year's performance of 10 goals and three assists. 

Ronaldo has been absolutely dominant this season, scoring 31 goals in La Liga and 11 goals in 10 appearances in the UEFA Champions League, including two scores against Galatasaray in his most recent UEFA match on April 9. 

According to WhoScored.com, Ronaldo has contributed to 48 percent of Madrid's goals in the Champions League, making his worth irreplaceable for the Whites. Furthermore, the forward is averaging more than one goal per game in his last 20 UEFA matches (h/t Castrol Edge Football).

Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in the semifinals—a club Ronaldo already scored against in the First Phase way back on Oct. 24—and Ronaldo enters the match scorchingly hot.

Prior to going scoreless in his last match against Betis (although he did record an assist), Ronaldo had scored at least one goal in eight straight matches, including three multi-goal games.

His ability to draw the opponent's coverage toward him and still find the back of the net or set up a teammate make him one of the most difficult players to contain, as he's shown throughout his career.

It'll be a failed season if Real Madrid doesn't bring home the cup, but with the way Ronaldo is playing of late, no one should be doubting the Whites' chances. 

 

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