Exactly five years ago, on April 3, 2018, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of the most beautiful goals in UEFA Champions League history.
I can’t even believe the Portuguese changed three clubs in five seasons. There was Real Madrid followed by Juventus, then a return to his hometown of Manchester United, and a scandalous interview that ended Ronaldo’s performance in England. Now the star football player has settled in Saudi Arabia, where he received a magnificent salary at Al-Nasr and is preparing for his near retirement. After him, the striker will leave a stylish legacy that even the lost rivalry with Lionel Messi will not spoil (never arguing: the gold of the Qatar world championship makes a difference).
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A simple observation: there was no better version of Ronaldo we’ve seen in Madrid. In nine years as part of the “creamy” number seven, in addition to national titles, he won four “eared” Champions League trophies and received four “Golden Balls” out of five in the collection – the 2016 European champion did not approach that level
Last season in the “royal club” was crowned with a victory over “Liverpool” in the final of the Champions League in Kiev and a show in Turin, which broke YouTube the next morning.
The quarter-finals of the Champions League of the 2017/18 season, the current winner of the tournament flies to Italy to Juventus. The Old Lady has been undefeated in 25 home games to date and is undefeated at home in the Champions League in five years.
But Ronaldo’s impressive streak is over. The Portuguese opened the score in the third minute and we saw something unreal in the 64th minute… Real Madrid rushed to counterattack: Cristiano went on a date with Gianluigi Buffon after the defender’s misfire but could not beat it from a narrow angle and passed to Lucas Vazquez. The goalkeeper is in place. But the second wave came: Daniel Carvajal had the ball intercepting the middle of the penalty area – exactly in Ronaldo’s territory. The Portuguese flies over the grass and strikes the corner of Buffon’s castle with a blow that falls from within himself. The famous goalkeeper, whom Ronaldo jokingly calledold man“He didn’t even move.
Below is the reaction of Zinedine Zidane, who is the personification of the emotions of millions of fans who watched the match live.
By the way, the Real Madrid coach was later asked about his impressions of the KriRo masterpiece. French,” admitted he was.one of the best balls in football history, great goal“. But he added Zidane’s ball against the German “Bayer” in the Champions League final in the 2001/02 season, it was still tougher.
As we know, he parted ways with the “Real” ugly Ronaldo in the future. The five-time Champions League champion after the Russian World Cup continued his career at Juventus. And how symbolic that Portugal decided to move to an Italian club after their great performance in Turin.
This goal caused the striker to be applauded not only by the “creamy” fans, but also by Juve fans who scored in the arena. Ronaldinho was once hailed the same at the Santiago Bernabéu: the Brazilian from Barcelona humiliated Real Madrid so much that even the fans of the arch-rivals were stunned.
On the evening of April 2018, the “haters” also conquered Cristiano.
“The little details matter a lot, so what I saw at the stadium helped my transfer. “Wow!”
Depression killed the German goalkeeper… And nearly deprived us of the great Buffon.
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