Cristiano Ronaldo’s five best goals, including a bicycle kick against Juventus and a 40-yard screamer against Porto
Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s top scorer, having reached the record 807 goals.
Ronaldo overtook Josef Bican as the official top scorer in men’s professional football history with a hat-trick against Tottenham.
Ronaldo’s most successful spell of his career came in Madrid over a nine-year spell, scoring 450 goals for the Galácticos.
Those 450 goals are more than half of his 807 career goals, but Ronaldo’s success has been the biggest on the biggest stage of them all.
With 141 Champions League goals, Ronaldo is the competition’s all-time top scorer.
After 20 years of goal scoring excellence, we’ve reduced its shine to its FIVE best goals.
Check out our five favorites below…
5) Ronaldo vs Sampdoria
Sampdoria 1-2 Juventus – December 18, 2019
With the game tied at 1-1, Juventus were looking to break the deadlock in order to continue their title chase.
While you’d expect the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to be involved, no one could have predicted how iconic this goal would become.
A picture really is worth a thousand words and it is here that we can see the staggering truth of how high CR7 jumped to connect with Alex Sandro’s cross.
The Portuguese national reached a staggering 8.39ft (2.56m) which is higher than the crossbar (8ft) before passing Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero.
4 Ronaldo vs Spain
Portugal 3-3 Spain – 15 June 2018
While doubters crept in, Ronaldo delivered as he always does.
With many believing the 2018 World Cup could be his last, Ronaldo seemed more determined than ever to silence his critics.
Having already scored twice in the game, Portugal somehow found themselves trailing 3-2 as time approached full time.
But in the 88th minute, none other than Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score a perfectly placed free-kick past David De Gea, who was frozen in place as the ball went through the wall and nestled in the top corner.
It was a goal that broke the hearts of the Spaniards, many of whom had spent nearly a decade supporting him during his time in Madrid.
3) Ronaldo v Portsmouth
Manchester United 2-0 Portsmouth – 30 January 2008
It’s hard to believe it’s been 14 years since that thundering knuckleball free-kick was unleashed against Pompey, but it’s one of our top three Ronaldo goals of all time.
Manchester United’s era of dominance was well and truly upon us and two goals in three minutes saw Manchester United take all three points at Old Trafford.
In what was a routine victory, the game will be remembered for Ronaldo’s superb dead ball strike from distance that left the net rippling.
2) Ronaldo vs Porto
Porto 0-1 Manchester United – 15 April 2009
It was in his native Portugal that Ronaldo scored one of the most iconic goals in Champions League history.
It was the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals and Manchester United were back to the wall after Porto pulled off a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.
With two away goals guaranteed, United were expected to score and in the sixth minute Ronaldo unleashed a thunderbolt from 40 yards out and flew past Helton in the Porto goal, leaving the fans stunned.
Jaws open from all four corners of the floor, fans were in disbelief as to what they had just witnessed.
1) Ronaldo against Juventus
Real Madrid 3-0 Juventus – April 4, 2018
Finally, to number one.
The Old Lady vs The Galácticos, it’s a Champions League classic in the spotlight.
A chance for players to make a name for themselves in one of the biggest games of the season.
After taking the lead, Real Madrid were in control, but when Dani Carvajal launched a seemingly wayward cross into the box, no one could have predicted the outcome.
The cross that appeared to be behind Ronaldo was suddenly greeted with an overhead kick.
Ronaldo defied gravity with the jump and airtime before the ball nestled in the bottom corner past Gianluigi Buffon.
Real Madrid fans erupted and manager Zinedine Zidane was seen mesmerized at the edge of his technical area.
In the moments that followed, sections of Juve fans also rose to applaud a goal that will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest in Champions League history.
Air Ronaldo had once again taken flight.
- Back Heel Flick vs Hungary – June 22, 2016
- Solo Goal vs Galatasary – 17 September 2013
- Free kick vs Villarreal – 21 February 2010