On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, I fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams to see my favourite soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo, play at the Santiago Bernabeu. I was in Madrid for four days and leapt at the opportunity to watch a live UEFA Champions League game with my favourite team, Real Madrid. The experience felt surreal as if I wasn’t actually in the same vicinity as these world-class players.
Unfortunately, the security guard did not allow me to bring my camera inside and I could not take any good-quality photos. The only photos I could take was with my phone, which has a terrible zoom and takes low-quality images.
Regardless, it was a brilliant match and Ronaldo put on a fantastic display of amazing agility, speed and accuracy, proving why he is one of the greatest footballers of his time.
Borja Mayoral started the game with a goal in the first eight minutes of play. Only four minutes later, Ronaldo received the ball outside of the left corner of the 18-yard box and blasted the ball to the top right corner of the net, scoring a tremendous golaso. With this goal, Ronaldo became the first player in history to score in all six matches of the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Real Madrid was up 2-0 when Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked up the ball from the Madrid defenders and sent the ball to the back of the net.
At the start of the second half, Aubameyang scored an equalizer and became the hero of the match to all of the passionate Dortmund fans.
With a powerful volley from Lucas Vásquez in the last nine minutes of regular time, Real Madrid was back in the lead.
The match was a tight game, but the home team, Real Madrid, came out the champions with a 3-2 win.
The day after the match, Ronaldo travelled to Paris, France where he received his fifth Balon d’Or on the Eiffel Tower and levelled Lionel Messi’s titles.
How amazing it was for me to see two five-time Balon d’Or winners within five days of each other!