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Analysis: Cristiano Ronaldo battle vs Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Ahead of this wildly expected Coppa Italia match, we take a look at Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s confrontations. 

The Coppa Italia semifinal’s first leg will bring back the exciting confrontation between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This is the rivalry we’ve been expecting for a while, ever since the Swedish striker came back to Italy.

AC Milan will visit Juventus on Thursday, we already have full coverage of this expected match. But we need to talk about the two major stars of this game in more detail, they have a long history between the two.

Ronaldo has the upper hand in almost every aspect of their various confrontations, but Zlatan is still a formidable opponent. Even before this game, we believe the Portuguese star has a slight edge over the Rossoneri legend.

That is if Maurizio Sarri decides to use Ronaldo in his starting XI for the match. The Italian manager hinted at a possible rest of his biggest star, but that would take away another great confrontation between these two.

This is the Coppa Italia semifinal’s first leg, a trophy is at stake and Juventus should take it very seriously. Cristiano Ronaldo is part of the call-up list but we won’t know if he will start until tomorrow. 

Zlatan is all-in for this match. 

The one who is expecting this game with a lot of excitement is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish striker loves playing vs Ronaldo. Despite not having a great record against him, he is a sucker for a good challenge.

Cristiano has a record that is very significant and it affects Ibra. The Portuguese star has scored 260 goals after the age of 30 so far, whereas Zlatan has 250. This is a perfect opportunity to get a little closer to his numbers in a new official game.

Ibrahimovic returned to the elite with the full intention of coming back to the highest level and keep proving himself that he is still one of the best. The most recent Milano Derby wasn’t his best result in recent weeks, but he is still trying to prove himself worthy of this level.

Serie A football has been upgraded since both Zlatan and Ronaldo arrived in Italy during the last two seasons. Matches like the one happening tomorrow should be another opportunity to expose this truth to the world of football.

The overwhelming favorite is Juventus, but AC Milan will try their best to defeat the Old Lady. 

This is Ronaldo’s chance to keep his treble dreams alive. 

Winning this semifinal against AC Milan plays a major role in Cristiano Ronaldo’s aspirations for this new season. Despite his incredible career, the Portuguese star has never been able to win a treble. He did win three consecutive UEFA Champions League trophies in the past. But the honor of winning a legendary treble is something that very few clubs in history have achieved.

In Italian football, only Inter Milan accomplished this back in 2010 under Jose Mourinho. Cristiano Ronaldo has a good chance to complete this feat throughout this season. The Old Lady is looking strong in the domestic league tournament, and defeating AC Milan would take them to the Coppa Italia final.

The only question mark would lie on the UEFA Champions League chances they have. Maurizio Sarri is confident this squad has what it takes to go all the way to the final. But first, Cristiano and his teammates have Zlatan Ibrahimovic to worry about tomorrow. 

Who will win the upcoming Coppa Italia semifinal, Ronaldo’s Juventus or Zlatan’s AC Milan? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

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