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7 Champions League goals that were way better than Cristiano Ronaldo’s bicycle kick

Ronaldo's unbelievable goal against Juventus will be talked about for years to come, but how does it compare with the best goals scored in the competition?

We can’t stop watching that Cristiano Ronaldo goal against Juventus.

Ronny’s unbelievable bicycle kick in the Champions League quarter-final will no doubt go down as one of the greatest goals in the history of the competition.

Not only did it visibly stun his manager Zinedine Zidane, but it also stirred all four corners of the Juventus Stadium into rapturous applause.


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But was it really that good?

I mean, yes, it was, but we honestly think there’s been a few Champions League goals that were even better.

Cristiano Ronaldo v Porto (2009)

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For starters, we think the man himself has netted one that was even better a few years ago.

In the red shirt of Man United back in 2009, Ronaldo struck from nearly 40 yards out against Portuguese giants Porto.

Poor old Helton Arruda didn’t stand a chance and United went onto reach that season’s final.

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Michael Essien v Barcelona (2009)

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Few of us remember Essien’s opener against Barca in Chelsea’s semi-final clash that season, mainly because it was significantly overshadowed by Andres Iniesta’s late winner and the quite shocking refereeing from the infamous Tom Henning Ovrebo.

That being said, the Ghanaian’s superb volley was voted Chelsea’s Goal of the Season by the club’s fans that year and is fondly remembered by the man himself.

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Dejan Stankovic v Schalke (2011)

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It might’ve come in a 5-2 defeat against Schalke, but they all count – and what’s more, Manuel Neuer was between the sticks that day for the German side.

With just 27 seconds on the clock, Neuer went full sweeper-keeper by speeding out of his area and heading Esteban Cambiasso’s dangerous cross clear.

Or so he thought, as Stankovic volleyed the clearance over the top of the goalie from the halfway line.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic v Anderlecht (2013)

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Zlatan has scored many, many great goals – just check out his first strike for LA Galaxy at the weekend.

And up against Belgium side Anderlecht in 2013, Zlatan – then with Paris Saint-Germain – struck four goals in a 5-0 thrashing. But it was his stunning third goal that made the headlines.

Getting on the end of a poor clearance, Ibrahimovic hit an absolute thunderbolt from 30 yards, straight into the top corner.

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It was so good, it was applauded by the entire stadium.

Ronaldinho v Chelsea (2005)

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Before a certain Lionel Messi was on the scene (more on him below), Ronaldinho was Barca’s main man.

And against Chelsea (back in the day, it seemed these two were always head-to-head in the Champions League) the Brazilian produced a moment of magic at Stamford Bridge.

With a place in the last eight of the competition at stake, the Samba star pulled off a trademark shimmy before flashing a stunning shot past Petr Cech from 20 yards out to make the score 3-2.

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Lionel Messi v Real Madrid (2011)

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We’re sorry Ronaldo, but we think your arch-rival has scored a Champions League goal that was even better than your bicycle kick. And he did it a few years ago.

In the semi-final of the competition – up against Jose Mourinho’s bullish Real Madrid side, no less – the little magician dashed past five players, sprinted into the Madrid penalty area and slipped the ball past a clueless Iker Casillas to seal a 2-0 win and passage into the final.

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This guy’s scored a lot of great goals in his time and this one is right up there with them.

Zinedine Zidane v Bayer (2002)

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Who else but the master?

The Madrid manager was rightly impressed by his star man’s stunner last night, but he himself struck some lovely goals back in the day.

But none even come close to that incredible volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final.

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Just before halftime, Zidane – who had been oddly quiet throughout the opening 45 minutes – volleyed home from the edge of the area with stunning technique to seal Madrid their ninth European title.

Honestly, we still see this one in our dreams.


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