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How a tackle on Ronaldo cost a defender his Real Madrid career

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Serious consequences were faced by Manu Hernando when his tackle had Cristiano Ronaldo lying on the ground during a training session.

It was the 2017/18 season and Real Madrid, after back-to-back wins in the competition, were aiming for a third successive triumph in the Champions League.

Having lost the La Liga title to bitter rivals FC Barcelona, Los Blancos’ minds were firmly set on achieving a feat that had never been achieved before – completing a ‘threepeat’ in Europe’s premier club competition.

They did go on to accomplish their goal, but the season could have ended very differently as Cristiano Ronaldo, the most pivotal player for their success, narrowly escaped injury during a training session, as revealed by Marca.

An academy product participated in a routine session with the first-team in which Zinedine Zidane had split the squad into two teams for a practice match.

The said academy product, named Manu Hernando, made a tackle on Ronaldo, forcing him to drop to the ground. The challenge was a harsh one and it angered the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Although he did make an apology to Ronaldo, the youngster was never called to participate with Real Madrid’s first-team ever after. Hernando joined Racing Santander on loan in January 2020.