Cristiano Ronaldo kisses Marcelo in training

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Cristiano Ronaldo heaped further embarrassment on Marcelo, after the Real Madrid left-back was nutmegged in training by teammate Luka Modric, by giving him a cheeky kiss.

Preparing for Tuesday night’s crunch Champions League quarter-final first leg tie against local rivals Atletico Madrid, the Real Madrid players appeared to be in good spirits out on the training pitch.

And when Marcelo was nutmegged by Modric, the Brazilian full-back puts his hands to his face out of shame before receiving what appeared to be a peck on the cheek - according to the Mirror and others - from the three-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Ronaldo getting revenge for Marcos Llorente?

Ronaldo may have been keen to rub salt into Marcelo’s wounds after the South American left-back almost burst laughing when youngster Marcos Llorente was nutmegged in training last week.

Marcelo, however, failed to see the funny side after Modric’s moment of magic left him red-faced.

Atletico Madrid clash looms large

Every member of the Real Madrid squad will be fully focused on tonight’s huge tie at the Vicente Calderon - a ground Los Blancos have failed to win at in their previous four visits.

In fact, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have not beaten La Liga champions Atletico in their previous six meetings, with their last victory coming in the Champions League final back in May.

Real Madrid are under big pressure to end their poor recent run against their less glamorous rivals and head into the match full of confidence after three straight victories, including a 9-1 demolition of Granada.

Atletico, though, haven’t lost since February - a run of eight matches stretching back to their 1-0 away defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the previous round of the Champions League.

Can Atleti stop Ronaldo?

Diego Simeone’s side’s biggest challenge will be to stop Ronaldo scoring.

The Portuguese superstar has scored 49 goals in all competitions this season - including eight in the Champions League - and will fancy his chances of hitting the 50-goal milestone at the Calderon this evening.

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