The Real Madrid forward scored a brilliant goal against Valencia to keep alive his side’s La Liga hopes.
It was the second minute of injury time and Valencia were 2-1 up at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid could see their title hopes disappear, as they were about to follow Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this weekend in dropping points.
Then there was Cristiano Ronaldo. As Angel di Maria floated the ball into the Valencia penalty box in the hope that one of his teammates may do something concrete with it, the Portugal international forward did some acrobatics and sensationally flicked it into the net. It was pure genius and only truly inventive players could have thought of doing something like that - a moment of sheer magic.
That extraordinary goal saw the match end in a 2-2 draw and keep Carlo Ancelotti’s side very much in the hunt for their first league title since 2012. At the moment, Real are third in the standings with 83 points from 35 matches, two points behind second-placed Barcelona and five off leaders Atletico Madrid but with a game in hand.
With Barca and Atletico to take on each other at Camp Nou on the final day of the season, the title race promises to go down to the wire; and if Real were to clinch the championship, then it will be Ronaldo’s sensational goal that will prove to be a crucial one.
England legend Gary Lineker, who knows a thing or two about scoring extraordinary goals, was quick to praise Ronaldo and underline the importance of the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner’s strike.
Even by the extraordinarily high standards of Cristiano Ronaldo that goal was both exceptional and crucial! What a player!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 4, 2014
Ronaldo has been a beast this season once again and over the 2013-14 campaign there can be little doubt that he has been the best player in the world. The 29-year-old has suffered from injuries of late, but he has still managed 31 goals and has provided nine assists in just 29 La Liga fixtures. In the Champions League, he has scored a record 16 goals in only 10 appearances.
Ronaldo’s season has been truly exceptional and his goal on Sunday was symptomatic of that.