Cristiano Ronaldo added another spectacular bending free kick to his career highlight reel on Wednesday when Real Madrid held off Chelsea, 3-1, in the finals of the Guinness International Champions Cup in Miami.
The 28-year-old recorded his brace with the perfectly struck free kick from outside the area in the 30th minute for a 2-1 lead, and scored again in the 57th off a powerful header.
Ronaldo also notched an assist by feeding Marcelo in the 14th minute for a 1-0 lead. Chelsea’s Ramires netted the equalizer quickly by splitting two defenders and sailing the ball just over Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.
There were plenty of celebrations as Madrid topped their former manager Jose Mourinho, who moved back to the Blues after three years at the Bernabeu and made thinly veiled disparaging remarks about Ronaldo before he left. Mourinho essentially called out his fellow Portuguese for thinking he didn’t have anything else to learn, according to The Independent.
Some speculated CR7 and his teammates were spiteful with their joy, perhaps getting back at Mourinho. Ronaldo didn’t flat out say his scores were based on revenge, but he certainly heard his former boss’s words.
"I like to do my talking on the pitch. What happens off it doesn't affect me.” Ronaldo said. "I aim to help Real Madrid to achieve its objectives and what happens away from there does not hurt me."
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