Via The Guardian – Manchester United have been drawn against Real Madrid in the stand-out tie of the Champions League last 16. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford for the first time since his 2009 move to Madrid in a meeting that also pits Sir Alex Ferguson against José Mourinho.
Britain’s two other representatives, Arsenal and Celtic, have also been handed tough draws. Arsenal will face last season’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich while Celtic take on the Italian champions Juventus as they look for a place in the quarter-finals for the first time.
First legs to be played 12/13/19/20 February 2013
Second legs to be played 5/6/12/13 March 2013
In an incredible twist, the draw was an exact repeat of Wednesday’s rehearsal, meaning the most eye-catching tie not involving British sides is that of the holders Barcelona against Milan. The German champions Borussia Dortmund face Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia play Paris Saint-Germain, Porto meet Málaga and Galatasaray come up against Schalke.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances during his six years at United, but it was the other Ronaldo – the Brazilian striker – who took the headlines when the clubs last faced each other in 2003, scoring a hat-trick at Old Trafford as Madrid went through to the semi-finals 6-5 on aggregate. Ronaldo’s last match for United was in the 2009 Champions League final defeat by Barcelona, after which he moved to Madrid for a world record £80m transfer fee. Read more at The Guardian.
What do you think, will Ronaldo relish or fear the ManU duel?