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Cristiano Ronaldo header a case of déjà vu for Rio Ferdinand

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Ronaldo rose above Evra to head Madrid level. (©GettyImages)
Ronaldo rose above Evra to head Madrid level. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was suffering from a case of déjà vu after Cristiano Ronaldo’s equaliser for Real Madrid last night.

The Red Devils led 1-0 through Danny Welbeck’s header in the Champions League last 16 encounter, but the Portuguese superstar soon leveled with a piece of brilliance in the air against his former club.

Ronaldo rose highest in the box on 30 minutes, towering above defender Patrice Evra and finding the bottom corner with his effort.

The former United star hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity, and in Ferdinand’s mind it brought back memories of the opening goal in the 2008 final against Chelsea.

He wrote on his official Facebook page: “Anyone else feel like they've seen that Cristiano Ronaldo header from last night somewhere before?? Moscow 2008!?”

Ferdinand also used his Facebook page to give some post-match reaction to the first leg, believing it was a ‘decent result’ at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Decent result at the Bernabeu... team defended and counter attacked very well. Insomnia kicking right in!! Safe trip back to our fans,” he wrote late last night before the flight back to England.

And, in an update earlier this morning, the veteran centre back admits he didn’t get much sleep in the aftermath of the match, and is feeling the affects of such a big game the following day.

“Great atmosphere last night! Both sets of fans played their part in creating that. I was up after 2 and a half hours kip... and feeling fresh.... not! Body is aching,” he concluded on Facebook.

The 34-year-old is likely to be rested for the FA Cup tie against Reading on Monday night, with Nemanja Vidic in contention to replace the Englishman.

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