After scoring against Levante on Saturday in a 3-0 victory for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo became the all time top scorer in the history of the all whites. He surpassed the tally of 323 goals of Real Madrid legend Raul when he scored today. Here we look at five of the best goals that Ronaldo scored while playing for Real Madrid.
Playing against former club Manchester United for the first time since joining Real, Ronaldo rescued a 1-1 draw with another brilliant header in a Champions League last 16, first leg in Madrid in February 2013. Di Maria was again the provider, crossing for the Portuguese to arrow the hall into the corner. This header is considered as one of the best headers ever seen on a football pitch, as Ronaldo’s jump was so high that Evra’s head was level with the knee of Ronaldo.
Real and great rivals Barcelona were locked at 0-0 in extra time of the 2011 King’s Cup final in Valencia and heading for penalties. Di Maria whipped a cross over from the left wing and Ronaldo leaped high above Barca defender Adriano to crash a header past keeper Jose Manuel Pinto. This goal ensured that Real Madrid won their first Copa del Rey final after 18 long years.
This goal was something special. Ronaldo picked up the ball 30 metres from goal in a La Liga game at Osasuna in March 2012. He was given ample space and time, and Ronaldo took full advantage of it. He took a couple of steps and smashed a shot into the top left corner before famously raising the leg of his shorts and pointing to his bulging right thigh muscle.
After the ball spun away from goal at a corner in a La Liga game at Rayo Vallecano in February 2012, Ronaldo was first to react. He chased it down and sent an audacious backheel through a crowd of players into the corner of the net. The commentators went mad when this goal was scored. It was labelled as one of the most insane goals ever scored on the football pitch.
Real were trailing 2-1 at home to Valencia heading into the 89th minute of a La Liga game in May 2014. Angel di Maria lifted the ball across the penalty area and Ronaldo pulled off a kind of reverse karate kick volley to send the ball into the net past stunned goalkeeper Diego Alves. That goal kept Real Madrid in the league that season, though eventually the Blancos could only manage a third place finish, three points behind winners Atletico Madrid.