Bayern Munich 0 Real Madrid 4: Roy Keane believes Cristiano Ronaldo is making his £80m price tag look 'cheap' after double helped Real to Champions League final
Keane played with Ronaldo during their time at United and praised the Real winger for his record-breaking double on Tuesday night
Wednesday 30 April 2014
Roy Keane was quick to praise his former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid superstar led his side into the Champions League final with two goals in the 4-0 demolition of Bayern Munich.
Real triumphed 5-0 on aggregate, with the Portuguese forward taking his tally in Europe this season to a record-breaking 16 goals and fully justified why he was named the Ballon d’Or winner earlier this year in the process.
With an unlikely goalscoring hero in the form of Sergio Ramos giving the La Liga side an early 2-0 lead, Ronaldo took centre stage to strike twice – the second a clever free-kick drilled under the Bayern wall that left a below-par Manuel Neuer stranded – and reach his third Champions League final, which will take place in his homeland in Lisbon’s Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
Ronaldo and Keane were seen embracing one-another after the final whistle, with the pair playing together during the Irishman’s latter stages of his career with United, and Keane was quick to praise the impact of the 28-year-old on Tuesday’s semi-final second leg.
The current Republic of Ireland assistant manager believed that £80m was a steal for Ronaldo given the way he has performed since arriving in the Spanish capital in 2009.
Keane and Ronaldo celebrate after the latter scores against Everton in the FA Cup fifth round in 2005 “This boy with that much talent, £80million looks cheap for him,” ravished Keane.
Having won the 2008 Champions League final with United before suffering defeat the following year as Barcelona claimed the trophy at Wembley, Ronaldo will be hoping to add a second winners’ medal to his collection, with Real set to play the winner of the other semi-final between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.
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Gareth Bale also impressed at the Allianz Arena, but the £86m record signing was another who immediately praised Ronaldo for his influence on the game.
“That's why he's the world's best player,” said Bale. “It's an honour to play with him, to learn off him. “But we've got one match to go and hopefully he can score a few more goals.”
Ronaldo’s double saw him eclipse Lionel Messi’s previous record of 15 goals in Europe, and neither Chelsea nor Atletico will look forward to facing him in this form should they progress to the final. The Blues welcome the current La Liga leaders to Stamford Bridge tonight with the score at 0-0, and Jose Mourinho’s side know they must beat Diego Simeone’s team on the night in order to progress to a third final in seven years due to the away goal rule.
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