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  • Ronaldo 1,000: Overheads, free-kicks and backheels – 10 of Cristiano's best goals Ronaldo 1,000: Overheads, free-kicks and backheels – 10 of Cristiano's best goals

    Cristiano Ronaldo brought up 1,000 career appearances in Juventus' trip to SPAL in Serie A on Saturday.

    A hero for Portugal, Sporting CP, Manchester United and Real Madrid across a decorated career, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has racked up a succession of impressive landmarks.

    And there have been plenty of moments of magic that live long in the memory along the way.

    Here, we take a look back at 10 of Ronaldo's very best goals.

     

    Manchester United v Portsmouth: January 30, 2008

    Perhaps the finest free-kick Ronaldo has struck in his career.

    The Portuguese developed his reputation as a set-piece master at United and he lashed a phenomenal 25-yard effort past David James as part of a double to send Alex Ferguson's side to the top of the Premier League.

    His knuckleball technique sent the ball swirling into the top-right corner for one of his defining Old Trafford moments.

     

    Porto v Manchester United: April 15, 2009

    He had absolutely no right to score this one.

    Back in his homeland for a Champions League quarter-final against Porto, Ronaldo picked up the ball in the middle of the opposition half, got it out of his feet and sent a searing strike flying past Helton to seal a 1-0 win at the Estadio do Dragao and a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

     

    Almeria v Real Madrid: April 15, 2010

    Ronaldo has developed into more of a penalty-box poacher in recent seasons, but this effort against Almeria was a reminder of how devastating he could be when starting from outside the area.

    Rafael van der Vaart won back possession in the Almeria half and the ball was worked to Ronaldo, who accelerated past two challenges, left a third defender for dead with a stepover, and drilled home with his left foot. The visitors would go on to win 2-1.

     

    Sevilla v Real Madrid: December 17, 2011

    Sevilla have grown sick of the sight of Ronaldo – he has scored 27 times against them, after all – but this strike in a 6-2 thrashing is perhaps the best of them all.

    Collecting Karim Benzema's pass 30 yards out, Ronaldo took advantage of the time and space given to him by the defence to blast a shot into the top-right corner, the swerve on the ball making it totally unstoppable. It was one of three he scored that day at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

     

    Real Madrid v Valencia: May 4, 2014

    It was not enough to keep Madrid's title chase alive, but this was another goal that showcased Ronaldo's killer instinct and dexterity.

    In second-half injury time, with Valencia 2-1 ahead, Angel Di Maria volleyed over a cross from the left and Ronaldo swivelled to score a backheel volley and snatch a point.

     

    Real Madrid v Espanyol: January 31, 2016

    Although his game had become more refined from those buccaneering early days, Ronaldo showed here he was not quite done when it came to solo runs and spectacular finishes.

    With Madrid already 3-0 up in what would prove to be a 6-0 thrashing, James Rodriguez's pass was deflected into Ronaldo's path and he did the rest, showing brilliant footwork to skip beyond three challenges before rifling home from the edge of the area with his left foot.

     

    Hungary v Portugal: June 22, 2016

    Portugal fell behind to Hungary three times in Lyon during Euro 2016, and Ronaldo brought them level on the second occasion with a display of fine skill.

    The captain added a deft flick with his trailing leg to Joao Mario's right-wing cross to make it 2-2, and he cancelled out Balazs Dzsudzsak's second with a double of his own. It was enough to send Portugal into the knockout stages and from there they went on to claim a maiden international title.

     

    Juventus v Real Madrid: April 3, 2018

    Arguably the best goal Ronaldo has produced.

    Moving away from goal as Dani Carvajal dug a cross towards the penalty spot from the right, he rose into the air to connect with a marvellous overhead kick. His leg was at a right angle to his body as he struck with the sweetest of volleys that flew past Gianluigi Buffon.

     

    Portugal v Spain: June 15, 2018

    Having twice given his side the lead, Ronaldo found Portugal 3-2 down to their Iberian neighbours in their thrilling opener at the 2018 World Cup.

    The was a sense of inevitability when he stood over an 88th minute free-kick, but the execution was sheer perfection – power and dip combined to leave David de Gea with no chance.

     

    Juventus v Manchester United: November 8, 2018

    Another decorated Portuguese was celebrating at full-time when Jose Mourinho watched his Manchester United team complete a 2-1 comeback win.

    But Ronaldo struck first with a sumptuous and technically brilliant strike, watching Leonardo Bonucci's raking ball over his shoulder to volley home.  

  • Ronaldo 1,000: Juventus star set for landmark appearance Ronaldo 1,000: Juventus star set for landmark appearance

    Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his 1,000th appearance for club and country when Juventus face SPAL in Serie A on Saturday.

    The Portugal superstar was named in Maurizio Sarri's starting XI after being rested for the 2-0 win over Brescia last weekend.

    Providing the 35-year-old comes through the warm-up unscathed, he will bring up his incredible landmark and seek to add to his tally of 724 goals. 

    It will be the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's 73rd outing for Juve, with the bulk of his matches having come for Real Madrid (438).

    Manchester United sit second on that list (292), with 31 of his games coming for Sporting CP, a further two for Sporting B and 164 for his country. 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Man Utd move – Bruno Fernandes Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Man Utd move – Bruno Fernandes

    Bruno Fernandes said Cristiano Ronaldo inspired him to fulfil a "childhood dream" and play for Manchester United.

    Fernandes swapped Sporting CP for United for an initial fee of £46.5million (€55m) prior to the deadline and the Portugal international has already established himself as a key member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

    United midfielder Fernandes has earned rave reviews for his performances against Wolves and Chelsea, while he impressed off the bench against Club Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday.

    Fernandes said former Sporting teenager and United legend Ronaldo – who won three Premier League titles and the Champions League among other honours during his time in Manchester – played a role in moving from Portugal to England as he eyes silverware at Old Trafford.

    "I'm a Cristiano Ronaldo fan and he's a player I've always followed," Fernandes said via Sky Sports ahead of Sunday's clash against Watford.

    "When Cristiano burst on to the scene here in Manchester, he spent a good chunk of his early career here and enjoyed so much success.

    "That's why it was a dream of mine to play for Manchester United and I'm very pleased to be here because it's a childhood dream come true.

    "I think any player who joins Manchester United wants to win everything; I want to win every competition that Manchester United compete in.

    "I'm an ambitious player who wants success and I want to win every game in every competition we're in."

    Fernandes added: "I didn't speak to [Ronaldo] before coming but did after my arrival. I know some people asked Cristiano what he thought of me and what I was like as a player and a person. I know he spoke highly of me and gave me a good reference, so I sent him a message after to thank him for his kind words.

    "Pressure always has to be present in our day-to-day and we have to be under pressure to improve every day. I'm a person who demands a lot from myself and always want more and to do better.

    "That's why, regardless of the transfer fee, I wanted to keep improving and be a better player."

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