Stats show Cristiano Ronaldo struggles vs Porto as Juventus lose first leg

Cristiano Ronaldo usually flourishes in the knockout stages of the Champions League each season.

But this evening the Portuguese star was a shade of his usual self, struggling as Juventus succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at Porto.

Much has been made of the fact Ronaldo may be about to 'hand the baton' to young gun Kylian Mbappe after his Nou Camp hat-trick for PSG on Tuesday.

And tonight's stats don't do the 36-year-old any favours as his side suffered a first leg defeat in the Estadio do Dragao.

Ronaldo was dispossessed three times during the clash, with only Juventus team-mate Alex Sandro losing the ball more times, according to WhoScored.

The former Real Madrid won no aerial duels and only attempted one shot on goal throughout the whole tie.

Ronaldo was also flagged offside twice, with only Alvaro Morata matching that statistic.

To add, his pass success was marked at 77 per cent come full-time.

Thankfully, Ronaldo's team-mate Federico Chiesa nabbed a late goal for the 'away' side, meaning Andrea Pirlo's men still have a fighting chance of qualifying in the second leg.

As for Ronaldo, time is running out for him to add another Champions League trophy to his vast cabinet.

Entering the business end of his career, the likes of Mbappe and Erling Haaland are being tipped to replace Ronaldo in the coming years when it comes the world's greatest.

Mbappe netted a hat-trick against Barcelona in PSG's 4-1 win over Barcelona earlier this week.

And Haaland netted two first-half goals for Borussia Dortmund as they beat Sevilla 3-2.

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    "I am happy for him," Griezmann told RMC Sport of his international team-mate with France.

    "He has been criticised a lot, but that is what happens when you are someone for a little while.

    "As soon as he plays less well, we criticise him. It is quite easy. But I believe that PSG have a future star, one who will be on the level of Leo and Cristiano. He had a truly great match."

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