Juventus has been sent back to the drawing board after its Champions League ambitions were shattered by an Ajax Amsterdam side whose transfer spending this season has been roughly one fifth of its own.
Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead Juventus' old guard as they look to finish the job on Tuesday against Ajax's impressive young guns in a quarterfinal clash between two sides desperate to end years of Champions League heartbreak.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, the second goal a contentious penalty, to give Juventus a dramatic 2-1 win over Sampdoria which had a stoppage-time equalizer chalked off following a long VAR review in Serie A on Saturday.
One of the enduring images from 2018 will remain Kylian Mbappe consoling Lionel Messi in the Russian city of Kazan, just after the final whistle in France's 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri sent an ominous warning to their rivals by claiming the decision not to award Cristiano Ronaldo a sixth Ballon d’Or award will spur him on to hit new highs this season.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri hailed the impact Cristiano Ronaldo was having on the Italian champion as the Portuguese star became the first player to achieve 100 Champions League wins in Tuesday's 1-0 success over Valencia that clinched Juve’s passage to the knockout rounds.