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Angels Links: Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Champions League record

Also Drogba in the USL, and a breathtaking backheel.

Athletic Club v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Ronaldo leads Real to victory over Bayern

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to lead Real Madrid to a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday. In doing so he became the first player ever to score 100 goals in European competition, and 97 of those have been in the Champions league. ESPN FC’s Nick Miller discusses how even though Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t the player he once was, he’s still really good.

Drogba signs with USL team

Didier Drogba, former Chelsea and Ivory Coast (and Montreal Impact) star has signed with Phoenix Rising of the USL. Drogba joins a list of older stars to have played in the USL, including Joe Cole, Omar Bravo, and Shaun Wright-Phillips, the latter two who are also on Phoenix Rising this season. Phoenix Rising is one of the many clubs that hopes to gain one of the four MLS expansion spots over the next couple of years.

Dortmund players upset their game wasn’t postponed further

The Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco match was supposed to happen on Tuesday, but there were a series of bombs that went off near the Dortmund team bus, injuring defender Marc Bartra. The game was postponed, but for only one day, with Monaco winning Wednesday 3-2. After the game, a lot of Dortmund players were understandably still upset about the incident, and questioned why the game was played so soon after this attack.

Verticality the name of the game in modern day soccer

Soccer, like most things in life is cyclical. The most successful teams shift formations from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 to 4-5-1, and also from counterattacking to possession-based football, to name a few trends. MLSsoccer’s Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle argues that directness and playing vertical is the new successful trend in soccer.

Check out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s audacious backheel assist

Aubameyang has become one of soccer’s most exciting players over the past couple of years. He again showcased his skill and flair with this incredible backheel assist to set up Dortmund’s first goal in their game vs Monaco.

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