Cristiano Ronaldo is one of a small handful of athletes to have utterly transcended their sport to become household names. The Real Madrid forward’s second goal against Juventus in this morning’s quarter-final tie proved exactly why.

After slotting in the first goal of the game – an honour which secured his utterly insane place as the first-ever player to score in ten consecutive Champions League matches – the lethal #7 attempted a powerful shot.

Juve’s own legend Gianluigi Buffon saved the attempt, only for Real’s Dani Carvajal to scoop the ball back into Ronaldo’s vicinity. What happened next was a crime against physics.

Legends past and present have rightly praised the shot as one of the greatest goals ever scored in the Champions League, itself the pinnacle of European club competition.

Marcus Rashford, the young striker whose team Manchester United were knocked out by Sevilla, couldn’t help but admire the former United player’s strike.

Former England players Gary Lineker and Michael Owen, both no strangers to world-class goals, also had their say.

Peter Crouch, the phenomenally lanky Stoke City striker, even drew a comparison to his own wild bicycle kick goal for Liverpool.

All the way over here, the Sydney Swans found some more local similarities.

Real Madrid ran out 3-0 winners. The tie’s second leg will see Juve face Real again at Madrid’s Santiago Bernebeu Stadium next Thursday.

Source: ABC
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