Ronaldo's 1000th appearance: free-kicks, backheels and his best goals

Sat 22 February 2020 | 19:03

Cristiano Ronaldo finally reached his1,000th career appearance; we're here going to recall 10 of his best goals in his career.

Currently playing for Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo finally reached his 1000th career appearance as Juventus faced SPAL in Serie A on Saturday.

A hero for Portugal, Sporting CP, Manchester United and Real Madrid in his decorated career, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has racked up a succession of impressive landmarks.

He has created some magical moments on the pitch that linger in the minds of football fans for ever!

Here, we take a look back at 10 of the very best goals scored by Ronaldo.

Manchester United v Portsmouth: January 30, 2008

Perhaps the finest free-kick Ronaldo has struck in his career.

Cristiano Ronaldo gained reputation as a set-piece specialist at Manchester United where he lashed a phenomenal 25-yard effort past David James as part of a double to send Man Utd to the top of the Premier League.

His knuckleball technique sent the ball swirling into the top-right corner for one of his defining Old Trafford moments.

Porto v Manchester United: April 15, 2009

He had absolutely no right to score this one.

Back in his homeland for a Champions League quarter-final against Porto, Ronaldo picked up the ball in the middle of the opposition half, got it out of his feet and sent a searing strike flying past Helton to seal a 1-0 win at the Estadio do Dragao and a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

Almeria v Real Madrid: April 15, 2010

Ronaldo has become more of a penalty-box poacher in recent seasons, but his effort against Almeria reminded all of how devastating he could be when starting from outside the area.

Rafael van der Vaart won back possession in the Almeria half and the ball was passed to Ronaldo, who accelerated pass two defenders, left the third one for dead with a stepover and finally scored with his left foot. The visitors won the match 2-1.

when starting from outside the area. Sevilla v Real Madrid: December 17, 2011

Ronaldo has scored 27 times against Sevilla, so no doubt they have grown sick of the sight of Ronaldo, however, this strike of him  in a 6-2 thrashing Sevilla hate Ronaldo even more!

Collecting Karim Benzema's pass 30 yards out, Ronaldo took advantage of the time and space given to him by the defence to blast a shot into the top-right corner, the swerve on the ball making it totally unstoppable. It was one of three he scored that day at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Real Madrid v Valencia: May 4, 2014

It was not enough to keep Madrid's title chase alive, but this was another goal that showcased Ronaldo's killer instinct and dexterity.

In second-half injury time, while Valencia was 2-1 ahead, Angel Di Maria volleyed over a cross from the left and Ronaldo swivelled to score with his backheel and snatch a point.

Real Madrid v Espanyol: January 31, 2016

Although Ronaldo's play had become more mature from his early days in football, he showed the he couldn't do mature enough when it came to solo runs and spectacular finishes.

With Madrid already 3-0 up in a match where it could be a 6-0 thrashing, James Rodriguez's pass was deflected into Ronaldo's path and he did the rest of the job, showing brilliant footwork to skip three defenders before shooting from the edge of the area with his left foot.

Hungary v Portugal: June 22, 2016

Portugal fell behind Hungary three times in Lyon during Euro 2016, and Ronaldo brought them level on the second occasion with a display of his skills.

The captain added a deft flick with his trailing leg to Joao Mario's right-wing cross to make it 2-2, and he cancelled out Balazs Dzsudzsak's second with a double of his own. It was enough to send Portugal into the knockout stages and from there they went on to claim a maiden international title.

Juventus v Real Madrid: April 3, 2018

Perhaps the best goal Ronaldo has ever scored.

Moving away from goal as Dani Carvajal dug a cross towards the penalty spot from the right, he rose to connect with a marvellous overhead kick. His leg was at a right angle to his body as he struck with the sweetest of volleys that flew past Gianluigi Buffon.

Portugal v Spain: June 15, 2018

Portugal lost the lead twice during the match but Ronaldo got it back, leading Portugal to a 3-2 win in a thrilling opener at the 2018 World Cup.

There was a sense of inevitability when he stood over an 88th minute free-kick, yet what he did was sheer perfection: power and dip combined to leave David de Gea with no chance.

Juventus v Manchester United: November 8, 2018

Another decorated Portuguese was celebrating at full-time when Jose Mourinho watched his Manchester United team complete a 2-1 comeback win.

But Ronaldo struck first with a sumptuous and technically brilliant strike, watching Leonardo Bonucci's raking ball over his shoulder to volley home.  

source: SportMob