• Top List

Top 5 defenders that managed to stop Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, defenders
Getty Images

It’s time for us to talk about the Top 5 defenders who were able to stop Cristiano Ronaldo throughout his whole career in football. 

Despite being one of the best players in football history, Cristiano Ronaldo has struggled with many defenders throughout his career.

Although he’s improved during his most recent years and is virtually unstoppable, Ronaldo wasn’t always perfect.

The Portuguese star had to endure some of the most impressive defenders during his early years.

These experiences were the ones that helped him become one of the most incredible players who ever lived.

We will talk about the Top 5 defenders that managed to stop the Juventus star during his career.

Please let us know if you agree with our list or not. 

5.- Ashley Cole – Arsenal

This one came early in his career at Manchester United, Ashley Cole made Ronaldo suffer when he was still a teenager.

The English full-back was one of the best defensive players in the world when he was part of the ‘Invincibles’.

Ronaldo came to United during Arsenal’s best years and he wasn’t able to do a lot of damage.

This experience with a world-class defender was arguably one of the most rewarding experiences of his career. 

4.- Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid

When Ronaldo was already at the peak of his powers, Diego Godin truly made him suffer when he faced Atletico Madrid.

Diego Simeone got the better of Los Blancos for a few years, and Cristiano Ronaldo really struggled here.

Godin is considered one of the Colchoneros’ most dominating defenders ever.

Ronaldo always knew that he was in for a difficult time when he faced the Uruguay international.

There was a time when Gimenez also made him struggle, but not like Godin. 

3.- Alessandro Nesta – AC Milan

During Cristiano Ronaldo’s last year as a normal human being, he had to face Alessandro Nesta at his best in 2007.

The Portuguese star reached the UEFA Champions League semifinals and he encountered a wall in front of him.

Paolo Maldini also managed to stop Ronaldo during one of the two matches, but Nesta was the one who made him suffer.

This defeat was very painful for Cristiano, it is one he will never forget. A year after that bad experience, Cristiano became the best player in the world. 

2.- Traianos Dellas – Greece

This is arguably the most painful experience in Cristiano Ronaldo’s career.

It came during the UEFA European Championship in 2004, one that Portugal hosted.

Cristiano had been the most active player for his country and we all believed they would win the competition.

But the youngster encountered an impenetrable fortress that was led by defender Traianos Dellas.

That image of Cristiano crying after the game is one that nobody will ever forget.

This loss helped Ronaldo become a better player after the fact. 

1.- Gerard Pique – FC Barcelona

We can easily tell you that Cristiano Ronaldo has suffered the most against FC Barcelona. He wasn’t able to score many goals against them for a while.

Although Carles Puyol was fantastic against Cristiano most of the time. The player who made him truly suffer was Gerard Pique.

The reason for this is very simple. The Catalan defender played with Ronaldo at Manchester United.

Knowing your former teammate when you face him is a major factor that helps you win against him.

Eventually, Ronaldo got the upper hand against Pique. 

Which of these defenders made Cristiano Ronaldo suffer the most? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.