Ronaldo back in Madrid for Atletico

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The win that came after losses to Real Betis and Real Madrid lifted Atletico ahead of Madrid and into second place, before the latter hosts Girona on Sunday. In that game, Cristiano was in tears. This is the team against whom, Ronaldo has a long history.

Juventus signed Ronaldo supposedly because of his Champions League credentials.

"We have players that have already played in Champions League, Europa League and World Cup finals", he told UEFA's official website. Both the teams are pretty balanced.

Griezmann has now scored eight goals in his last six meetings with Rayo in all competitions.

Juve haven't won the Champions League since 1996 but they have reached the final on five occasions during that time.

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However, Donato struggled to find his way this season, scoring just six goals with three assists (nine points) in 34 games. The American carries a $3.2 million cap hit through next season on the five-year contract he signed with the Wild in 2014.

Ronaldo has been Ronaldo in front of goal despite recent controversies, including rape allegations made against him by an American woman which he vehemently denies. The capital club are now nine points behind Barcelona in the domestic standings - another of Figo's former teams - after some upheaval earlier in the season, with Santiago Solari taking charge following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui last October.

Ronaldo avoided jail but was ordered to pay 3.57 million euros for committing tax fraud when at Real Madrid, part of a broader 18.8-million-euro payout.

"We have to be wary of Atletico", Allegri said.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has welcomed back "warrior" Diego Costa after the striker was cleared to play on Friday after more than two months out with a foot injury, giving his stumbling side a huge boost at a crucial stage of the season. He has scored 22 goals in 31 matches against Atletico in his career, including a hat trick in the first leg of the 2017 semifinals.

After their slip up to arch rivals Real Madrid in the Madrid derby, Diego Simeone's side knew that they needed to secure all three points against Rayo at the Estadio de Vallecas.

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