It was dubbed the battle of Cristiano Ronaldo vs Harry Kane, and the Tottenham striker certainly held his own against Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old didn’t get on the scoresheet, but he did play a key role in Spurs’ opener, tricking Raphael Varane into putting the ball into his own net.
Had the England international done any more, it would no doubt have prompted further speculation linking him with Los Blancos – especially after Karim Benzema’s second-half miss.
It’s unclear whether the European champions are legitimately targeting the forward, but it appears Ronaldo may have taken a preemptive strike by speaking to president Florentino Perez after the game.
According to Diario Gol, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner does not want Real to sign Kane despite Gareth Bale’s injury woes and concerns over Benzema’s long-term viability.
Ronaldo reportedly used the game to judge whether the Lilywhites star would be a suitable partner for him and came to the conclusion that he would not.
That would present a major problem for Perez, who won’t want Ronaldo dictating his transfer policy but equally can’t afford to alienate him.
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