Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo eyes Man United reunion in UEFA Super Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo could face off against one of his former clubs for the seventh time when Real Madrid meet Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia on Tuesday.
Ronaldo was included in Madrid's travelling squad on Monday and is likely to make his first appearance for the team after an extended break following the Confederations Cup in June.
The Portugal international, who remains unbeaten against his former clubs, last faced Manchester United in 2013, when he scored in both legs of a UEFA Champions League round-of-16 tie. Ronaldo's 30th-minute header levelled the score in a 1-1 draw in the first leg, and he sent Madrid into the quarterfinals with a close-range goal in the 69th minute of a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.
Madrid faced Sporting Lisbon last year in the group stage of the Champions League, with Ronaldo scoring in the 89th minute at the Bernabeu in the first meeting, and United also faced Sporting in the group stage in 2007, with Ronaldo scoring in both games.
He also twice faced a previous club in the preseason, entering an International Champions Cup game against Manchester United in 2014 as a substitute and featuring in a friendly against Sporting shortly after his transfer to United in 2003.
He enters this season having scored a record 406 goals for Madrid in addition to the 118 goals he scored for United -- the club he left in 2009 for a then-world-record fee of £80 million after six years at Old Trafford.
All told, Ronaldo, 32, has scored 604 goals for club and country, including a record 105 goals in the Champions League.
Madrid, making their sixth appearance, are trying to win the Super Cup for the fourth time and become the first club to win it in consecutive years since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990. They have won four of the 10 meetings with United, having drawn four others, and have not lost the first match of a season since 2008.
United, meanwhile, are making their fourth appearance in the Super Cup and looking to win it for the first time since 1991. The runners-up in 2008, they are trying to be the first English club to win the Super Cup since Liverpool defeated CSKA Moscow in 2005.
The only two wins by United against Madrid were in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals in 2003, which they lost on aggregate, and the first leg of the European Cup semifinals in 1968 -- a competition they won.
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