Ronaldo equaled the record set by former Madrid player Iker Casillas for the most Champions League matches won (95), Opta reported.
And yet the celebrated Real Madrid forward elevated things to another level in the first leg of Champions League's quarter-final when he hit a glorious and unimaginable bicycle kick against Juventus FC in Turin.
Of course other, less celebrated players have scored similar, perhaps even better goals than Ronaldo's, but how many have scored such a large amount, on such a high stage, so consistently over such a long period of time? "To be applauded by the Juventus stadium, where so many great footballers have played, is a top moment for me". "I have to say thank you a lot - grazie - to all the Juventus supporters". They realised that this was a moment to appreciate what they'd just seen, and to put their side's nearly certain elimination to one side.
Ed: I've always said Ronaldo's the best ever. He then scored the second goal with stunning bicycle kick after an assist from Spanish defender Dani Carvajal. Giorgio Chiellini prodded a ball past his own keeper Buffon, which Ronaldo kept in play. The Liverpool winger, meanwhile, also struck once in Champions League qualification and scored another in the FA Cup.
With every goal we are encouraged to take a step back and admire his mammoth body of work as a whole, the sheer scale and gravity of it.
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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had the same reaction as nearly everyone else to Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible goal on Tuesday night. When you come up against one of the best in the world like Ronaldo, you need to be flawless.
"I would love to be able to tell you how to score a goal like that, but I never have". Having scored two fairly simple goals to wrap up an already comprehensive victory, Ronaldo saved the best until injury-time.
Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, whom Ronaldo has beaten with nine of past 11 shots on target, called his conqueror an "extraordinary champion ... to be compared to Maradona and Pele". "Anything is possible in football, so let's think about that second leg and let's see what happens".
Zidane himself, scorer of another from the pantheon of great goals 16 years ago in the Champions League final for Real against Bayer Leverkusen, said "he's a different player to everyone else".