Cristiano Ronaldo’s magic did wonders for Real Madrid at the Allianz Stadium, Turin against Juventus in the quarter-final of the Champions League. In the first-leg, Ronaldo scored twice but the goal which has now gone crazy viral on the internet was his ‘bicycle kick’. In the 63rd minute of the match, Ronaldo decided to go for an extravagant shot instead of heading it into the net. His overhead shot left no chance for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as he was as stunned, like everybody else, watching the Ronaldo’s superb play.
The 33-year-old got a standing ovation from the Juventus crowd as they celebrated the sensational goal. Even Real Madrid’s manager Zinedine Zidane was overwhelmed after seeing the shot and his reaction summed up that of everyone else’s.
Never mind the individual accolades – imagine making Zinedine Zidane react like this pic.twitter.com/YIl6Ly4eLv
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) April 3, 2018
With a couple of goals, Ronaldo now has 9 goals from 6 games against Juventus in the Champions League matches, which is a record. He has scored in every single match against them. It also seems like he overwhelmed veteran goalkeeper Buffon with 9 out of 11 shots on target.
A win by three goals also strengthens the defending champions’ chances to reach the semi-finals. On the other hand, Juventus will have to pull off something miraculous to get past the three-goal deficit in the second-leg when they face Real again.
The Portuguese legend has now 119 goals in Champions League games — 19 more than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. He has also scored in every single match in Champions League 2018. He seems to have hit a purple patch, scoring 19 goals from 9 games this season.