Atletico Madrid was seconds away from winning their first UEFA Champions League title after outplaying their city opponent, Real Madrid, 1-0 for the entire 90 minutes of regulation play. In extra time, Sergio Ramos saved the hearts of all Madrista’s and dulled the resolve of Atletico supporters by scoring an equalizing goal. In overtime(extra time), Real Madrid sensed that they were on their way to earning a 10th Champions League title, because Gareth Bale scored a goal in the 110’, Marcelo scored in the 118’, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a beautiful penalty kick at the 120’ to help their team capture the European Championship. Real Madrid has won a record 10 UEFA Champions League titles…La Decima, which has always been a goal for the team, was not easily won, but the Madrista’s showed a single determination and a skilled drive to pull of the impossible.
UEFA Champions League play began on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, and three of the games greatest stars displayed their unequivocal skills as they each led their club to opening game victories. The superb Cristiano Ronald led his club, Real Madrid, to a 6-1 victory over Galatasaray Sports Club, a Turkish soccer club. Ronaldo scored three goals(a hat trick) as he his club scored at will upon the helpless Galatarasay members. Ronaldo’s 54 total goals in Champions League play, places him 5th among all players. On the other side of the world, a rejuvenated Wayne Rooney scored two goals and assisted as he deftly led his team to a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen. The two goals were Rooney’s 199th and 200th of his career with his club, Manchester United of the English Premiere Laegue. Lionel Messi, of FC Barcelona observed the aforementioned, and on Wednesday, he scored his own hat trick, 3 goals, against Ajax, to lead his team to a decisive 4-0 victory. Messi’s goals give him 62 goals in Champions League history, which is 2nd place all-time to the 71 that Raul has placed on the leaderboard. It was also the first time ever, that any player has scored 4 separate hat tricks in Champions League history. The year is off to a rousing start.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his team, Real Madrid, celebrate the team’s 32nd league championship, as they closed out the last three fixtures of their season with wins. Real Madrid beat the best of La Liga, including the 2011 UEFA Champions and rival, FC Barcelona to firmly claim the title as the best Spanish League Football team. Real Madrid scored a record 121 goals in the season and Ronaldo scored 46 goals to lead his team to 100 points in the season. Although the team lost its bid to reach the 2012 UEFA Championship, they are poised to make another dynamic run next season.