L'Equipe Didn't Give Cristiano Ronaldo A 10/10 In Their Player Ratings

Cristiano Ronaldo put on one of the classic Champions League performances but the Juventus forward didn't manage to earn himself a 10 out of 10 rating in L'Equipe's historically strict player ratings.

The second legs of the last 16 of this year's Champions League have so far produced some incredible moments with Ajax, Manchester United and Juventus all making the near impossible become reality with excellent comebacks to qualify for the quarter finals.

No one gave Ajax a chance to come from 2-1 behind to beat Real, especially with the second leg in the Bernabeu. Manchester United then made history by becoming the first team to lose 2-0 at home in the first leg of the competition and go through.

On Tuesday night Juventus' task, to beat Atletico Madrid at home by three goals, seemed far more likely but it still took a special performance to make it happen.

Cristiano Ronaldo added to his lead at the top of the Champions League all time top scorers list by scoring yet another hat-trick.

It was an incredible performance of will and skill from the five time Ballon d'Or winner but it wasn't enough to earn him the illusive 10 out of 10 from L'Equipe:

Last night's ratings according to L'Equipe. Image: L'Equipe
Last night's ratings according to L'Equipe. Image: L'Equipe

Nine out of 10 is a pretty good score considering that midfielders such as Pjanic and Matuidi were involved in a 3-0 but couldn't get past six out of 10.

The French newspaper has become the authority on player ratings because they are such harsh markers so you've got to play ridiculously well even to get a nine.

Only on nine previous occasions has a player managed to score a 10 and the most recent came last week for Dusan Tadic in Ajax's incredible comeback.

Tadic was brilliant against Real. Image: PA Images
Tadic was brilliant against Real. Image: PA Images

The rating might leave Ronaldo wondering what the hell he has to do earn one of the illustrious 10 out of 10 performances.

Just to rub a little salt into the very small wound the former Manchester United winger doesn't care about, Lionel Messi is the only player to have achieved the rating twice, against Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions, the latter when he scored five in one game.

Will Ronaldo ever get 10 out of 10?

Ryan Sidle

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