For the first time in four years, Cristiano Ronaldo will not be playing in the UEFA Champions League semi-final round. The team that beat him and Juventus… Ajax.
Ajax plays in the Eredivisie (Dutch) League. They are the same team who manhandled Real Madrid in the Round of 16 after coming out of a group that included Bayern Munich, Benfica, and AEK Athens; each the winner of their respective leagues last year, with both Bayern Munich and Benfica looking to repeat. So how did they do it? How did they pull off the impossible, not only once, but twice? Let me explain.