Ronaldo magic fires Real past 10-man Juve

Ronaldo magic fires Real past 10-man Juve

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane was full of praise over Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible display against Juventus last night but insists his spectacular goal doesn't eclipse his effort in 2002.

Ronaldo has been in a league of his own in terms of Champions League scoring in the past three years and already has 13 goals in nine matches this season.

We love great soccer plays. "I have to say thank you a lot - grazie - to all the Juventus supporters".

For Ronaldo, "it was an unbelievable moment", the Portuguese said on UEFA's official website.

Dani Carvajal sent a cross into the Juventus area, and the ball approached Cristiano Ronaldo at a height at which any footballer hailing from the world of mere mortals would have said: "Nah".

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos told Antena 3 TV he enjoyed a great view of Ronaldo's leap and "chilena", or bicycle kick, from further back the pitch.

Ronaldo's Champions League legacy is his greatest ever achievement.

At the stage of his career when many players slow down and drop deep as their powers diminish, Cristiano Ronaldo has imagined and filled a new role unlike any other in history: that of a big-game decider, a bully on the toughest tracks.

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He holds the record for Champions League goals scored with 119. We have to keep enjoying his football, his goals, his hard work and leadership in the dressing room.

Home fans inside the stadium immediately rose to their feet to applaud what they had seen, even though it had all but certainly ended their interest in this season's Champions League. 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.

After the game, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor conceded: "It was probably the best goal of my career". While one wrote, "When Zidane does this, you know you're good", another wrote, "How do I explain this to my unborn children?"

A three goal-deficit to overturn away from home against one of the best teams in the world is a near impossible task, with the loss of Dybala sure to add salt to the wounds.

Real Madrid won the match 3-0, that helped them take a massive step towards reaching eight successive Champions League semi-finals. Manouevring his body at will, he launched himself high into the rainy Turin sky to connect with an unforgettable overhead kick that reduced goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to the role of spectator.

A lack of concentration in the opening minutes led to the early goal being conceded, and from there they were always chasing the game.

"Cristiano Ronaldo can now leave the Earth and start playing against the Martians, he has done everything here!" tweeted Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.

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