13 of Cristiano Ronaldo’s best ever goals in the Champions League

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Cristiano Ronaldo has a highlights reel to rank among the very best – and he often saves his moments for the biggest stage.

Ronaldo has scored more goals in the Champions League (119) than any other player, and incredibly only nine clubs have scored more goals in the competition overall.

We’ve picked out a baker’s dozen of his best goals against Europe’s elite – if you want to more of Ronaldo live, you could use the streams provided by major fansite of his ronaldo7.net.

Sporting Lisbon – 2017

Against the club who gave him his professional breakthrough, Ronaldo’s trademark free-kick in injury time ensured Manchester United topped their group ahead of Roma.

Even better than the goal itself is his celebration. A shrug to suggest, ‘well what else did you expect?’.

Chelsea – 2008

The perfect example of Ronaldo’s aerial prowess. It’s not a particularly powerful cross from Wes Brown, but the leap and precision of the forward’s header is outstanding.

Porto – 2009

At a time when whatever Ronaldo did seemed to come off, the TV coverage almost misses this strike, cutting to a close up as there’s surely no way anyway would shoot from that distance. Oh.

Arsenal – 2009

What were we just saying about whatever he tried seemed to come off?

Arsenal – 2009

One of the most breathtaking goals on the counter-attack in the competition’s history.

Just keep your eye on Ronaldo’s run after he flicks the ball inside before finishing it off by putting the ball in the top corner.

FC Zurich – 2009

His first Champions League goal for Real Madrid – and scored in some style. The Zurich goalkeeper gets close to the free-kick, but typically it is too powerful.

Marseille – 2009

For someone whose free-kick record is sometimes mocked, Ronaldo has scored an awful lot of brilliant free-kicks.

Ajax – 2011

A sublime team goal, finished off by Ronaldo. Real Madrid at their one-touch best.

Lyon – 2011

Another free-kick, obviously.

Ajax – 2012

Noted for his ruthless power, Ronaldo’s first hat-trick in the competition was wrapped up with subtlety thanks to a lovely chip against Ajax.

Manchester United – 2013

Just look how far above Patrice Evra he ends up!

Roma – 2016

Years after he’s retired, the Ronaldo chop will still be remembered.

Juventus – 2018

“He’s phenomenal,” Ronaldo’s former Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport. “It’s actually laughable, he’s actually taking liberties.”

It’s hard to argue otherwise.


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