The 28-year-old Ronaldo has scored more than 50 goals a season for the last three years with Madrid after joining in 2009 on a then-record transfer of (euro)93 million from Manchester United. (AP/Manu Mielniezuk)
Ronaldo notched the goal that vaulted Real Madrid past Manchester United and into the quarter-finals. The Portugal national has scored eight goals this Champions League season, tied as the tournament’s leading goal scorer.
Lucky for PSG, leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s two-game ban, imposed by UEFA after he was sent off in the team’s last Champions League game, has been lifted. Ligue Un’s top club will need Ibrahimovic for an intriguing matchup against Barcelona, the Swede’s former team.
Isco’s goal in the 43rd minute of Malaga’s second leg against FC Porto helped seal the Spanish team’s trip to the quarter-finals. The 20-year-old Spaniard has been vital in Malaga’s first Champions League appearance.
Bayern Munich’s captain, Phillip Lahm, is considered to be one of the world’s best full backs. His team will need the 29-year-old to be in top form against Fabio Quagliarella and Juventus in the quarter-finals.
Robert Lewandowski’s five goals have led Borussia Dortmund into the quarter-finals. The 24-year-old Polish national was a key factor in Dortmund’s 5-2 defeat of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Round of 16.
Messi scored two crucial goals in the second leg of Barcelona’s Round of 16 matchup against AC Milan. Barcelona will need more of the same from their leading scorer against PSG, the top team in France.
While Andrea Pirlo hasn’t scored for Juventus in the Champions League, he is a crucial part of the team’s success thus far. Pirlo’s role as a deep-lying playmaker for Juventus makes him a quintessential piece to his team’s offensive success.
Ronaldo notched the goal that vaulted Real Madrid past his former team and into the quarter-finals. The Portugal national has scored eight goals this Champions League season, tied as the tournaments leading goal scorer.
The tournament’s other leading scorer, Burak Yilmaz has scored eight of Galatsaray’s 11 goals in the Champions League this season. There’s no doubt Yilmaz’s offensive flair will be needed against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.