The man who doesn’t do crossbar challenges: “I’m Cristiano Ronaldo, I only hit the back of the net”

Rafa Benitez is building his backroom team at Everton after taking over from Carlo Ancelotti this summer. A story has emerged involving Antonio Gomez, his first-team coach and senior analyst, and Cristiano Ronaldo. It dates back to Benitez’s spell at Real Madrid, and was revealed in The Athletic.

“He’s very good at the crossbar challenge,” a source said of Gomez. “He always challenged the players at Real Madrid and won money from them. One time after training, he had a competition with Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric and took hundreds of euros off all of them.

Cristiano Ronaldo

“Cristiano Ronaldo was watching and Perez decided to challenge him too so shouted over but Ronaldo said, ‘I’m Cristiano Ronaldo, I only hit the back of the net’. It had everyone laughing but Perez likes to say it was because Ronaldo knew he wouldn’t win!”

Cristiano Ronaldo

Benitez spent just a season at Madrid, 2015/16. He had just left Napoli and would go on to Newcastle United, although the Spaniard is best known for his spell with Liverpool between 2004 and 2010, where he won the FA Cup, the Community Shield, the European Super Cup and, of course, the 2005 Champions League. He’s now been tasked with turning Liverpool’s great rivals, Everton, into a team consistently competing for trophies and European football; their last title came back in 1995.

Cristiano enjoyed a little more success in the Spanish capital than Benitez, to put it lightly. The Portuguese joined from Manchester United in 2009 and spent nine years at Madrid before leaving for Juventus in the summer of 2018. He won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, two Supercopa de Espana titles, four Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and three Club World Cups with Madrid.

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  1. Sky says:

    He only shoot wide all the time

    1. Vanam says:

      Better than pessi

  2. Wealth says:

    Ronaldo hardly ever hits the bar

    1. J Bonyam says:

      Stop Joking Cr7 hit cross bar most time than any other players.

  3. Lipsey says:

    I know most media speaks for Messi Simply because of hate of CR7 can’t hate someone because he is good. Most time Messi didn’t shine but he would be awarded. Realmen don’t pumper their children. Even Brazil was better in the final. The ref was bias and won it for Messi and you are here all the time looking for dirty things to write to Christiano Ronaldo. Evil heart. Did want Ronaldo to go play Copa America? Italy also played better game than Agentina that ref gave them the championship.

    1. Famous says:

      Messi is not even mentioned in the article. CR7 fans and their obssession with Messi…
      Nobody is against the fact that CR7 is also a world class player. Celebrate your CR7 in peace, you don’t need to bring him into comparism with Leo

      1. Saaka Shaibu says:

        Christiano Ronaldo is a complete footballer. For a player to be in is form, he’ll need miracles to happen.

    2. lol says:

      most of the time cr7 doesn’t chine at all lol he’s dead since 2019

    3. chimunyah says:

      100% correct

  4. steveregs says:

    Can’t vote for someone as the best who had only played in few clubs during his career and is afraid to even leave a club where his contract has already expired.
    Ronaldo had been tested across several clubs and leagues with the same consistent and excellent results. In Science, that’s how you know the true performance of any product. He’s not afraid to join a different league/club any time.
    CR7 is the GOAT

    1. Coco says:

      Why does he always go to successful teams that are already winning trophies

    2. BG Bertik says:

      Exactly. Sad as still a lot love a boy only know how to play in one field n call him GOAT. I’m not surprise after Coca incident, a lot of journalist receive money from Cola company to make a negative report on CR7.

    3. Ssemambo musa says:

      Hehehe ronaldo fans i pity you guys but its cool keep on crying but nothing will change,messi has never played in EPL,Italy,France,bundesliga that is very much true but he is regarded as the best in those leagues where he has never played, moving from one place to another doesn’t mean you are the best

    4. Famous says:

      You think it’s fear of testing himself in another league that is making him taking a 50% paycut. You need to stop giving that stale excuse as a criterion for determining greatness. Zlatan played in a lot of leagues and proved himself yet he’s not seen as better than him.
      He is not even mentioned in the article. Nobody is against the fact that CR7 is also a world class player. Celebrate your CR7 in peace, you don’t need to bring him into comparism.

      1. Zyrac85 says:

        He has left his comfort zone, lets see how he does elsewhere. For me Cris is just a bit better and more enjoyable to watch. This phenomenon is 36 years old but still is at the top no matter where he goes. Respect to both, respect to football.

    5. Jmack says:

      Everyone knows he had to do that. He was and never is the main attraction at any league where messi is.

    6. Iddi says:

      You hit the nail perfectly

    7. Desmond says:

      Pathetic comment,Penaldo plsyed in a worldclass man united team that had prime Rooney,Teves,Vidic,Getdinand,scholes Gigs.He went to Real madrid which alays had stars like kaka,benzema,modric,Kroos,marxelo,Ramos,Ozil e.t.c moved to a Juventus side thateffects had already won 9serie A titles in 10 years to show how mediocre theat italian league is and is still unable toto winthe the ucl with them.So what thayou fuck are u talking about??All the teams that penaldo has ever played in is aleays stacked with starstars players.Its not like ge has been playing for portsmouth,Girona or sassuolo kind of teams thatthat he has proven himself.He isdon’t never even mentioned asthat a, Goat coz he is nowhere near messis level.Its messi who always gets compared with thethe legendary previous goats maradona and Pelle.I never hear Penaldos name in this conversations as messi is literally better than him in all aspects of the game.

  5. PENALDO says:

    MESSI 🐐🐐🐐🐐 Penaldo 💩💩💩

  6. PENALDO says:

    Messi GOAT 🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐

  7. Pepe says:

    Full of lame comments. You all accept Messi is better. End of discussion.

    1. Daniel says:

      This article doesn’t mention Leo, true. But, in as much as Messi is a magician, Cr7 is the best player in the league of champions history, yes?? Also, internationally, Cr7 and Leo are NOT on the same level, yes?? (For the Leo fans to chew on).


    Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world

  9. Hayford Techie says:

    Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t fear joining any club because he loves challenges. I say he is the best in my view. He started from Sporting Lisbon, joined Manchester United, went to Real Madrid and now at Juventus. So I say he is the greatest of all time (GOAT). Thank you.

  10. Baby Messi says:

    I just love Messi

  11. Alvin Mokaogwu says:

    Messi Best Ever.

  12. Steven Ndemuweda says:

    The truth is you cnt compare Leo and CR7 because CR7 he is world breaking record with different teams.Leo he is a world record breaking with one team.

  13. Bright says:

    Don’t talk about messi, because you know what he does when in front of goal 😋

  14. Fortune Odesanya says:

    All of una nor get work that’s why una de argue about 2 men wey nor even know una. Just enjoy football and leave the arguments….

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