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Cristiano Ronaldo. Five Ballon d’Or, five Champions Leagues, seven league titles and God knows how many records.
And on December 2, 2020, the Portuguese marked another milestone, scoring his 750th career goal, a number surpassed only by Pelé and Josef Bican.
Having reached this extraordinary number, it is difficult to reduce it, but here are the ten most memorable goals of Cristiano Ronaldo.
1) vs Portsmouth (Premier League, 08/07)
One thing Ronaldo has become known for over the years is his iconic free kick technique. And, in January 2008, we got a glimpse of it at its best.
At the start of a home game against Portsmouth, the Portuguese hit an unstoppable free kick into the top corner from 30 yards, leaving goalkeeper David James nailed on the spot.
2) vs Chelsea (Champions League, 07/08)
Ronaldo’s first Champions League final came in May 2008, and it was an opportunity he was not going to miss.
He scored his 42nd goal of the season in the 25th minute, planting a header into the bottom corner of a Wes Brown cross.
Despite missing his penalty in the penalty shootout, Ronaldo claimed his first European trophy (but certainly not his last).
3) vs Porto (Champions League, 08/09)
A blow that took everyone by surprise, even the cameramen.
In the sixth minute of the Man Utd Champions League quarter-final second leg against Porto, Ronaldo put the Red Devils ahead with an impressive 40-yard goal. This remained the only goal of the match, and Sir Alex Ferguson’s team advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
4) vs Arsenal (Champions League, 08/09)
Ronaldo’s goal count dropped to just 26 in the 2008/09 season (I know, pathetic), but that didn’t stop the big man from trashing the Champions League.
Having put Man Utd up two with a sensational free kick in the first half, Ronaldo secured his spot in a second consecutive Champions League final, completing a lightning counterattack to make it 4-0 on aggregate.
5) vs Barcelona (La Liga, 11/12)
Real Madrid were defeated for the title in Ronaldo’s first two seasons at the Bernabéu by archrival Barcelona. However, on April 21, 2012, Ronaldo was able to effectively seal a first La Liga trophy.
With the score tied 1-1, the striker ran for Mesut Ozil’s exquisite pass before finishing at the near post.
The result sent Los Blancos seven points clear to the top of the table with just four games remaining, nearly ending Barcelona’s title hopes.
6) vs Hungary (Euro 2016)
For many, what separates Ronaldo from his career rival Lionel Messi is his success on the international stage, having lifted the Euro 2016 trophy. However, it is easily forgotten how close Portugal came to an embarrassing exit from the league. group stage that summer.
Having drawn against Iceland and Austria, Portugal entered their third group match against Hungary, knowing that a loss would send them home.
Hungary took the lead on three separate occasions, only to be held back all three times, twice by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The most notable of the six goals was Ronaldo’s heel in the 50th minute from a Joao Mario cross.
7) vs Juventus (Champions League, 16/17)
The knockout phase of the 2016/17 Champions League showed Ronaldo in his prime. He scored five goals against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals and then a hat-trick against Atlético de Madrid in the semi-finals. So no one was surprised when he lit the final.
The former Sporting player, who had already opened the scoring with an early effort from Dani Carvajal’s cut, almost lost sight of Real Madrid when he converted a Luka Modric cross.
Marco Asensio scored a fourth quarter to make it 4-1, sealing a third Champions League title in four years.
8) vs Juventus (Champions League, 17/18)
Probably the best goal of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second of the game with an astonishing bicycle kick.
Even the home fans couldn’t help but applaud as the entire Allianz Stadium rose from their seats in admiration for the Real Madrid man.
And, just a few months later, those same fans would be celebrating their goals every weekend.
9) vs Spain (2018 World Cup)
Spain and Portugal had served one of the most passionate matches in recent World Cup history, and Cristiano Ronaldo was at the center of it all.
A first-half double from the lead put his side up 2-1 at the break. However, a second from Diego Costa and a beauty from Nacho Fernández gave La Furia Roja the advantage.
Nonetheless, Ronaldo was the last to laugh, when he placed a late free kick in the top corner to seal his hat-trick.
10) vs Sampdoria (Serie A, 19/20)
He can be deadly on both feet, but he’s just as good in the air, as evidenced by his header against Sampdoria.
The Portuguese leapt like a salmon to the back post and converted an Alex Sandro cross to give Juventus the lead at half-time.
Clips of the jump went viral on social media, with soccer fans around the world in awe of Ronaldo’s athleticism.