It proved to be the Ronaldo show tonight in the Allianz Arena as Juventus took on Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final. The Real Madrid forward scored with the first chance of the match in the third minute and then proceeded to score one of the great Champions League goals of all time in the 64th minute with a stunning overhead kick.
Poetry in motion. The goal was a thing of beauty, but more than that the responses it elicited from both the players and the crowd arguably elevate the strike even more.
Barzagli summed up Juventus' feelings:
The Juventus support showed their class by applauding Ronaldo's acrobatics:
Juventus fans applauding what Cristiano Ronaldo has done tonight. ??#TV3UCL #ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/N70mFKkdMN
— TV3 Sport (@TV3SportIreland) April 3, 2018
Zinedine Zidane's reaction tells you all you need to know:
Zidane summed up every football fan's reaction watching Ronaldo's goal.
"What have I just seen?!" ?
(? @btsportfootball) pic.twitter.com/PJZUzE2YJ5
— Football Vines (@FootballVines) April 3, 2018
The man himself seemed in awe of his own strike, and why shouldn't he be:
Peter Crouch thought that the former United winger was in good company:
There is only a few of us who can do that
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) April 3, 2018
Don Hutchinson made an interesting comparison:
Juve fans clapping off Ronaldo
Man U fans clapping off Ronaldo.
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) April 3, 2018
Not Match Of The Day made a very good point:
If you're ever feeling sad, just remember the earth is 4.5 billion years old and you've been born in the same life time as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/mBN75F4JY4
— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) April 3, 2018
The game finished 3-0 to Madrid with Marcelo adding the final goal but Ronaldo did prove he was human however, missing a very good chance in the latter stages of the match and he has Gary Lineker to thank for helping to keep his feet on the ground:
Ronaldo hits it over the bar from 6 yards out. He’d be a helluva player if he could finish.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 3, 2018