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What Atalanta Manager Gian Piero Gasperini Told Cristiano Ronaldo After Stunning 91st Minute Volley

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What Atalanta Manager Gian Piero Gasperini Told Cristiano Ronaldo After Stunning 91st Minute Volley

Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini told Cristiano Ronaldo to "go to hell" after his stunning 91st minute volley denied his side victory over Manchester United.

The Bergamo outfit were heading towards a massive Champions League group stage win after goals from Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata either side of Ronaldo's equaliser in the first half.

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But then in the first minute of stoppage time, the ball popped to Ronaldo on the edge of the area and produced the most outrageous volley that flew into the bottom corner.

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Ronaldo's second goal of the game kept United on top of Group F going into the final two games.

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Gasperini, who witnessed Ronaldo's brilliance in the flesh when he was in Serie A with Juventus, shared a joke with him at the final whistle.

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"At the end of the match, I spoke with Ronaldo," Gasperini told Sky Italia.

"He's an incredible player, some even call him a problem.

"That's a nice problem to have. He rarely gets it off target; half the time he scores, half the time it is saved.

"In the end I said to him, 'You know what we say in Italy, go to hell.'"

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Gasperini also waxed lyrical about Ronaldo's worldie, which was his second volley in a matter of days after his sublime effort against Tottenham Hotspur.

He added: "Cristiano is just incredible. If there is anyone you want a chance to fall to… and it’s a difficult chance.

"He keeps his eye on the ball and his technique on that volley is incredible."

Ronaldo also struck late against Atalanta at Old Trafford in a thrilling 3-2 comeback win and now has nine goals in eleven appearances during his second spell at United.

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He continues to be the definition of a "clutch player" and was likened to six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Tuesday night's heroics.

"Of course Cristiano is a leader in the group but that's what he does, he scores goals," Solskjaer said, as per Sky Sports.

"We're not happy conceding two goals - but he does provide those moments and I'm sure the Chicago Bulls didn't mind having Michael Jordan either.

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"Sometimes teams have the players they have and that's why they are Manchester United, that's why they are champions at the Chicago Bulls. You just come up with those moments."

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Topics: Atalanta, Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United

Josh Lawless
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