The true backstory revolving Cristiano Ronaldo and the crossbar challenge he was involved in has revealed itself after many years. So, among other news of football today, we bring you the football news behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s crossbar challenge.
Rafa Benitez is assembling his backroom staff at Everton after succeeding Carlo Ancelotti this summer. And from him, a story has emerged involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Antonio Gomez, his first-team coach and senior analyst.
The Athletic has brought forth the football news behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s crossbar challenge. And this story dates back to Benitez’s time at Real Madrid.
The Football News behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s Crossbar Challenge
Rafa Benitez was only at Real Madrid, where his work brought him close to Cristiano Ronaldo, for one season. He crossed paths with Ronaldo, who was also part of the club in that period, in 2015-16.
Back then, Benitez had just left Napoli and was on his way to Newcastle United.
But the Spaniard is best known for his time with Liverpool between 2004 and 2010.
During his Reds’ stint, he won the FA Cup, the Community Shield, the European Super Cup. And, of course, he led Liverpool to win the 2005 Champions League.
His new managerial role now involves transforming Everton, Liverpool’s archrival, into a team that consistently competes for trophies. After all, their last title came in 1995.
They are also aiming to perform better in European football.
Now, the story behind a crossbar challenge that involved both Ronaldo and Benitez, years ago has come out.
“He’s very good at the crossbar challenge,” a source said of Gomez. “He always challenged the players at Real Madrid and won money from them. One time after training, he had a competition with Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric and took hundreds of euros off all of them.
“Cristiano Ronaldo was watching and Perez decided to challenge him too so shouted over but Ronaldo said, ‘I’m Cristiano Ronaldo, I only hit the back of the net’. It had everyone laughing but Perez likes to say it was because Ronaldo knew he wouldn’t win!”