Well it was stunning night for Ronaldo and his team. There was a winner with 3 away goals and there was this: An overhead kick that stunned the whole Stadium and viewers. Ronaldo acrobatically fired a ball which was 7 ft and 9 inch above ground with such an incredible bicycle kick into the corner of the net.

It is the most talked moment all over, and yes well deserved. The beauty of goal was so appreciated that even the rivals fan applauded, and the beauty of moment continued. I am putting this moment in Tirkha as a mark to one of the greatest moment in football history.

It was seconds after the ball hit the net, the Juve fans followed Zidane’s lead, rising to applaud the man who has, in all likelihood, ended their interest in the Champions League for this season.

BBC Radio 5 live’s Pat Nevin, who was at the game, was equally stunned. “When the ball comes across to him you think: ‘Oh, you’re not going to try an overhead kick.’ And then, bang! Oh wow! Just see it, watch it,” said the former Scotland winger.

“It is unnatural. People are talking about how Ronaldo is getting a bit older now – but there is nothing wrong with that body if he can do that sort of thing. The timing of it is extraordinary, the imagination to do it is extraordinary.

“A lot of the Juventus fans stayed behind to applaud Ronaldo. To turn around this coliseum to his side – wow. Call it genius if you like. “It is one of the great goals you will see in football.”

Ronaldo – ‘My best ever goal’

“Obviously people are talking about the second goal, it was amazing, probably the best of my career,” Ronaldo said after the game. “It was spectacular. I jumped very high and it’s a goal that will live long in the memory.”

Speaking about receiving a standing ovation, he added: “It was one of the most poignant moments of the night. To receive applause from a stadium like this, which has been graced by great players, is a unique experience.

“When I was a kid, I liked Juventus and the fact that their fans have clapped me will stay with me.” He said.


Zidane’s Perspective

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.” Also added “His overhead kick was remarkable, yet he missed two much easier chances. That’s football.”
But, asked whose famous goal tops the lot, the Real Madrid boss was less effusive.
“Oh mine!” laughed Zidane. “Definitely mine.”
Well can’t argue ! There’s undeniable beauty in both. Right ?

Social media reaction

Stoke striker Peter Crouch, who scored a famous bicycle kick of his own for Liverpool against Galatasaray, tweeted: “There is only a few of us who can do that.”

BBC Match of the Day presenter and former England captain Gary Lineker, tweeted: “Seen a lot of great goals in my time but that is absolutely breathtaking from Ronaldo.”

Former England striker, Michael Owen tweeted: “OMG. Please, if you do one thing tonight make sure you see Ronaldo’s second goal. His first was awesome. I’ve no words to describe his second.”

Former Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa tweeted: “Ronaldo can now leave Earth and play with Martians. He has done everything here.”

Ex-England and Manchster defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted:“The opposing fans in the stadium applauding the great Cristiano after the bicycle kick and rightly so. Keeps on upping the ante – relentless.”

NBA star LeBron James on Instagram: “Are You Not Entertained!?!?! That’s just not even fair. Nasty!!”

LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahmovic, who scored a 30-yard overhead kick against England in 2012, said: “It was a nice goal, but he should try it from 40 metres.”

Zlatan will be Zlatan. But rest is history of admiration. This is football and there are infinite possibilities of surprises.

Source: CNN & BBC