The Portuguese superstar, who spent six years with City’s local rivals Manchester United before leaving Old Trafford in 2009, was greeted by the sight of hundreds of fans trying to get a selfie or an autograph from the three-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Of course, it’s nothing new for Ronaldo, who is used to this type of adulation wherever he goes. But to see the people of Manchester welcoming him like this must have felt extra special for the ex-United star. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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There had been concern that Ronaldo wouldn’t be fit enough to play tonight - the 31-year-old missed Saturday’s 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano - but Zinedine Zidane confirmed in his press conference that both the Portugal international and Karim Benzema will be fine to feature.
"We will test everything but the idea is that they will play,” Zidane was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "They have both made good progress and we will see how they are tomorrow. Everyone wants to play these games."
Video: Fans go crazy for Ronaldo at Manchester airport
Ronaldo can equal his record tonight
If Ronaldo scores this evening, he will equal the current record of 17 Champions League goals netted in a season that he set during the 2013-14 campaign.
Real Madrid won La Decima that season, and the Spanish giants will firmly believe they can land their hands on an 11th European Cup if they come away from Manchester with a positive result this evening.
Kompany keen to stop Ronaldo
Ronaldo, as he always is, will be a marked man tonight - with Vincent Kompany admitting Manchester City need to stop the former United ace if they’re to stand any realistic chance of reaching the final.
“It is one of those things, if you play against Barcelona or Real Madrid you know you are going to get a question about Messi or Ronaldo and the answer is always going to the same,” the City captain was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. “If we play really well as a team you have a chance of stopping him and if not he will probably score a goal.”
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