Juventus fans must really hate Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar scored two goals last June as Real Madrid thrashed the Italian side 4-1 in the Champions League final in Cardiff and he was at it again last night, scoring a stunning brace as the reigning champions claimed a 3-0 win in the first leg of their quarter-final in Turin.
Ronaldo opened the scoring in just the third minute when he poked home Isco’s cross from the left to give Madrid the lead, but that was just for starters.
The 33-year old then dished up an absolutely breathtaking main course on 64 minutes when he jumped with his back to goal and executed a stunning overhead kick from Dani Carvajal’s cross that flew into the corner of the net.
Ronaldo has given us an early contender for #UCL Goal of the Week 🔥
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 3, 2018
It was a goal so sublime that even the Juventus fans had to applaud, while Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon and his defenders were left staring at each other in disbelief.
Cristiano Ronaldo's overhead kick goal against Juventus. It was so good even Juve fans applauded it.
RETWERT if this is THE BEST Ever Overhead Kick Goal. pic.twitter.com/gBg1N9uDx7
— SM (@SMFutboI) April 3, 2018
As well as virtually securing Real’s place in the last four, the goals also helped Ronaldo set yet another Champions League record as he broke Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in nine consecutive matches.
10 – Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player in Champions League history to score in 10 consecutive games (15 goals). Amazing. pic.twitter.com/oKnXDlDmOF
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 3, 2018
Ronaldo has now scored in his last 10 matches, a run of 15 goals that started with that final against Juventus last May.
Seen a lot of great goals in my time but that is absolutely breathtaking from Ronaldo.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 3, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo jumped to 2.3m (7 feet 7 inches) for his overhead kick goal vs Juventus. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/oyd7ioC3kK
— Ronaldo Stats (@RonaIdoStats_) April 3, 2018
Chiellini on Cristiano Ronaldo: "What he's done tonight will be talked about for decades and decades. I've never heard the fans of Turin applaud an opposing teams player until tonight. For me he's the best player in history."
— Vishnu Jayashankar (@vjfootballviews) April 3, 2018
I think I have now watched that Ronaldo goal over 2000 times. I need to stop.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) April 3, 2018
Zidane's reaction to Ronaldo's bicycle kick is your reaction too. pic.twitter.com/xzqNmVG3vN
— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) April 3, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League:
✅ Most Goals
✅ Most Group Stage Goals
✅ Most Knockout Goals
✅ Most Final Goals
✅ Most Assists
✅ Most Braces
✅ Most Hat-Tricks
✅ Most Consecutive Matches Scored.
👑 The King of Champions League. pic.twitter.com/WVia26w24r
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) April 3, 2018
8/9 – Cristiano Ronaldo's last nine shots on target vs. Gianluigi Buffon:
— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) April 3, 2018
Juventus fans clapping for Ronaldo and his goal. He appreciates it, says thank you, and gives a thumbs up. pic.twitter.com/kLeQcxuVZP
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) April 3, 2018
Fans of the Italian champions and their goalkeeper must be sick of the sight of Ronaldo, but at least they had the good grace to applaud him.