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5 of the best from the Cristiano Ronaldo collection

By June 15, 2018No Comments

Cristiano Ronaldo added another spectacular goal to his collection with a brilliant free-kick as Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain in their World Cup opener.

Not only was it a tremendous 88th-minute strike, it was his hat-trick goal, crowning a 51st career treble.

Here, Press Association Sport picks out five more of his goals to remember:

MANCHESTER UNITED v Chelsea – Champions League final, May 21, 2008

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Ronaldo won the Champions League in 2008 (Martin Rickett/PA)

While not one of his famous free-kicks or lauded long-rangers, Ronaldo scored a trademark header to put United ahead in the first all-English Champions League final.

Wes Brown and Paul Scholes exchanged passes, the former swinging in a left-footed cross, with Ronaldo hanging in the air above makeshift right-back Michael Essien.

Frank Lampard levelled for Chelsea but Ronaldo would end up on the winning side despite being the only United player to miss during a penalty shoot-out.

Porto v MANCHESTER UNITED – Champions League quarter-final, April 15, 2009

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His goal against Porto was memorable (Martin Rickett/PA)

Arguably the best goal Ronaldo scored during his time at Old Trafford, the talisman of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side crashed in the only goal of the game to send the Red Devils into a semi-final against Arsenal.

Picking up a pass from Anderson, Ronaldo sent an unstoppable 40-yard drive past Helton in the hosts’ goal as United became the first English team to win a European match at Porto.

Ronaldo would only score five more goals for United before finally landing his dream move to Real Madrid.

Galatasaray v REAL MADRID – Champions League group stage, September 17, 2013

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He continued to deliver for Real Madrid (Mike Egerton/PA)

A hat-trick goal to remember for Ronaldo as Carlo Ancelotti’s side ran riot in Istanbul, eventually running out 6-1 winners.

Having scored two fairly simple goals to wrap up an already comprehensive victory, Ronaldo saved the best until injury time.

He collected a pass from Karim Benzema before a step-over and a drag-back saw him dance past both Aurelien Chedjou and Selcuk Inan and he angled a low shot past Fernando Muslera to seal a superb display.

Ronaldo would go on to score a penalty in extra-time as Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the final to claim their 10th European Cup or Champions League title.

Liverpool v REAL MADRID – Champions League group stage, October 22, 2014

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He went on to torment Liverpool (Joe Giddens/PA)

Ronaldo’s 70th Champions League goal came at the home of his former club United’s bitter rivals.

Despite not being as instantly eye-catching as some of his other efforts, it was voted the second-best goal in the competition that season and set Real on their way to a comfortable 3-0 win at Anfield.

Ronaldo exchanged passes with Benzema before poking the ball to James Rodriguez, who then lofted it into the box.

There, Ronaldo was waiting and, despite close attention from Martin Skrtel and a forlorn sliding challenge from Dejan Lovren, the Portuguese angled a perfect right-footed effort into the corner and past the outstretched hand of Simon Mignolet.

Juventus v REAL MADRID – Champions League quarter-final, April 3, 2018

Where to start? Not many goals leave the great Zinedine Zidane speechless, but, the then Real Madrid manager was stood with his hand on his head, disbelief on his face, as Ronaldo produced the most amazing overhead kick.

Time appeared to stand still as a cross came from the right and he rose, almost to heights beyond belief, to deliver a perfect bicycle kick. The Juventus fans rose to applaud, which said it all.

Ronaldo would later call it “probably the best of my career.”