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LISBON, Portugal -- Cristiano Ronaldo has two Champions League winner medals to show off along with his two world player of the year awards. That is, when hes done showing off his ripped physique. Ronaldos penalty at the end of extra time Saturday sealed a 4-1 victory for Real Madrid over Atletico Madrid, which led deep into stoppage time after 90 minutes. The 29-year-old Portuguese star then ripped off his shirt in celebration and struck a pose showing off his muscles. Soon, Ronaldo was being hugged by Portugals state president, Anibal Cavaco Silva, and patted on the back by Spains King Juan Carlos before collecting his medal from UEFA President Michel Platini -- who also hugged him. Just another night of Ronaldo being soccers biggest showman and undisputed current best player. "Since day one at the club Ive felt ready for this," said the Madrid star after helping end the clubs wait since 2002 for a coveted 10th European title in his fifth season there. "The pressure is making me a better player. It was worth risking (my injury) since were champions," Ronaldo told reporters. The Madrid star now heads to Brazil to cap his stellar season at the World Cup, where Group G rivals Germany, the United States and Ghana await him. Ronaldo will arrive with confidence peaking, even if his finishing fell from his own absurdly high standards Saturday. His 51st goal of the season came from his ninth attempt, including two trademark free kicks which tested Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois within his limits. One missed second-half chance seemed scripted for Ronaldo: hanging high to meet a Sergio Ramos cross, neck muscles tightening to drive his forehead at the ball. An untypically tame connection glanced the ball wide. Six years ago, in his first Champions League final, Ronaldo met the moment and ball to arrow his header into Chelseas goal and give Manchester United the lead in Moscow. The eventual manner of victory in 2008 was as dramatic as Saturdays proved. Then, Ronaldo was the only Man United player to have his penalty saved in a shootout, before Chelsea captain John Terry struck a post with the potentially decisive kick. When Edwin van der Sar sealed victory with a save, Ronaldo lay crying in the centre circle alone as teammates raced toward the goalkeeper. Still, Man Uniteds European title helped propel Ronaldo over great rival Lionel Messi in January 2009 to win his first FIFA world player award. Messi beat Ronaldo in the next Champions League final, scoring in Barcelonas 2-0 win. That night in Rome announced Messis rise above Ronaldo in footballs firmament. Confirmation came with Messis election to the FIFA honour for an unprecedented four straight years. Ronaldo stopped the streak in January on another tearful evening. His young son Cristiano stood beside him on stage and Pele also wept at this shoulder. The accolade was acclaimed as reward for hard work to hone his body and raise an already prolific scoring record. There were no tears Saturday, and Ronaldo was at the heart of the party. It was in the same Stadium of Light in Lisbon that Ronaldo lost in his first major final -- a stunning 1-0 upset for Greece over host Portugal in the 2004 European Championship. With this measure of redemption, Ronaldo closed on the three Champions League titles held by 26-year-old Messi. The World Cup stage offers Ronaldo the stage to show he can also close the gap in world player honours. Hank Aaron Jersey . He insists hes not counting. "If youre thinking hits, youre not paying attention to wins," Altuve said Sunday after leading the Houston Astros past the Texas Rangers 3-2. Greg Maddux Jersey . Al Horford said all he had to do was make the catch near the basket and then shoot a soft jumper. 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Against the Bills, theyre 12-0 in Gillette Stadium and 26-3 since coach Bill Belichick arrived in 2000, the same year Buffalo began the longest current post-season drought.So what would it mean to upset the Patriots on Sunday one week after being upset by the Oakland Raiders?Itll prove we dont have any quit, Bills centre Eric Wood said, because it would be real easy to fold up your tent and really focus on next year, but (this is) a big opportunity against a really good team whos had our number for years.The Patriots (12-3) have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs even if they lose Sunday. It would make the Bills job easier if quarterback Tom Brady and other starters spend most or all of the game on the bench.Belichick isnt giving any hints — only providing his standard non-answer.Were going to do whats best for the New England Patriots, he saidThe Bills (8-7) already are guaranteed their best record since they went 9-7 in 2004.Weve got a chance to play one more game coming off of a very disappointing loss, coach Doug Marrone said. We want to get that taste out of our mouth.Brady probably will start behind the regular line, hoping to go into the first-round bye with a better performance than last Sundays 17-16 win over the New York Jets.Nothing in the past has mattered. Nothing weeks from now is going to matter, he said. I just think everybodys got to focus on what we need to do this week to try to make ourselves a better football team.Hell face a strong defence — first in sacks, fourth in yards allowed, fifth in points allowed — that welcomes the challenge.I want them to start their starters, Bills safety Aaron Williams said. I need Tom Brady to step in my house. That would be great.It also could lead to more disappointment.A couple of times we almost had them on the ropes, Wood said. To go there and kind of get that monkey off our back would (bee) big, you know, go and prove that in the AFC East were not that bottom feeder whipping boy.dddddddddddd Were here to stay.Some things to watch on Sunday:HAPPY AT HOME: The Patriots have won 35 straight home games against AFC teams, the longest streak in either conference since the 1970 merger.Weve got great fans, Brady said. Weve got the weather elements, conditions. The wind always comes into play. Because we practice in that, I always feel like thats a great advantage for us.RUSHING TO RECORD: After rushing last Sunday for 13 yards, fourth lowest in team history, the Bills have 1,378 for the season. If they dont get 175 on Sunday, they wont pass the franchise low for a 16-game season (1,552 in 2006).Thats not something you want on your resume, running back Fred Jackson said.Injuries that sidelined Jackson and C.J. Spiller have hurt, but both are back.STINGY SECOND HALF: The Patriots have allowed four field goals and no touchdowns in the second half of their past five games. With about five minutes left last Sunday, Vince Wilfork tipped a 52-yard field goal attempt by Nick Folk that would have given the Jets a one-point lead. Wilfork also had nine tackles, his most since making 10 on Dec. 4, 2011.Were not taking anything for granted, especially this time of year, Wilfork said. You want to be able to win in December.RED ZONE: Marrone said Kyle Orton will make his 12th straight start for an offence that has struggled inside opponents 20-yard line. The Bills have 20 touchdowns in 49 drives into the red zone, the NFLs second-worst touchdown efficiency. They never reached the Raiders 20 last Sunday. The Patriots have held teams to one touchdown in the last 12 drives inside the 20.DEFENSIVE DECLINE: The Bills allowed Oaklands Derek Carr to throw two touchdown passes after holding Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers without one in their previous two games. They have two sacks in those three games after getting 48 in the first 12.Weve just got to go back to the old ways that weve been doing things, linebacker Nickell Robey said. 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