Real Madrid secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Juventus in the 1st leg of the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League courtesy of a sumptuous Cristiano Ronaldo performance.
The Portuguese star brought out his A-game against a determined Juve side, and produced a moment of sheer brilliance that not only stunned the home team and fans, but also left his own teammates in a state of absolute disbelief.
Ronaldo, who had already broken the deadlock in the 3rd minute after he put one past Gianluigi Buffon, pulled a bicycle kick out of his hat, and buried a Lucas Vazquez cross in the back of the net to virtually settle the tie in Madrid’s favour.
The sensational overhead stunner was even applauded by the Juve fans, as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner celebrated his goal with one of his trademark CR7 celebrations.
Later, managers from both the camps were asked to describe the Portuguese, and both seemed to be in a state of utter shock.
“You can say he’s one of the most beautiful players in the history of football,” said Zidane.
“He shows every time that he is a special player. He always wants to do great things in the Champions League and he never gets tired of doing it, that’s his great quality.”
Allegri added: “I don’t know if Cristiano’s goal is the best in the history of football, but it’s certainly an extraordinary goal. You can only congratulate him for what he’s doing at present. Now it will be impossible [to qualify for semi-finals].”
However, there’s one man, and possibly the only man on the planet who seems to be hardly impressed with Ronaldo’s effort. And of course, it’s none other than the master of scintillating goals himself, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The towering Swede’s famous overhead goal against England is arguably one of the most insane goals ever scored in football, and as a matter of fact, Ronaldo’s goal is already being compared to it.
Ibra was reportedly watching the game on Sportscenter over in the United States, and his reaction was, well, ‘Classic Zlatan’.
“It was a nice goal, but he should try it from 40 meters,” said Ibrahimovic.