Is there no stopping Cristiano Ronaldo right now?
Against Juventus on Tuesday night, the Portuguese scored for a record-breaking 10th consecutive Champions League game to take his tally this season to 14.
He’s six clear of his closest challenger, Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder, and eight clear of Lionel Messi which pretty much sums up his dominance in Europe.
And then there’s the quality of his two goals at the Juventus Stadium. Ronaldo’s opener was a typical poacher’s finish, while his second was frankly unbelievable.
From Lucas Vazquez’s cross, Ronaldo produced a sensational bicycle kick to leave Gianluigi Buffon rooted to the spot and find the back of the net.
So good was the 33-year-old’s strike from 12 yards out that even Juventus fans in attendance applauded him as he celebrated with his Real Madrid teammates.
Zinedine Zidane and Massimiliano Allegri were both asked to describe Ronaldo after the game and both seemed in disbelief.
ZIDANE: RONALDO IS SPECIAL
“You can say he’s one of the most beautiful players in the history of football,” said Zidane. “He shows every time that he is a special player.
“He always wants to do great things in the Champions League and he never gets tired of doing it, that’s his great quality.”
And Allegri added: “I don’t know if Cristiano’s goal is the best in the history of football, but it’s certainly an extraordinary goal.
“You can only congratulate him for what he’s doing at present. Now it will be impossible [to qualify for semi-finals].”
Ronaldo’s overhead kick is now being compared to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have also scored stunning bicycle kicks during their careers.
So what does Ibrahimovic make of Ronaldo’s strike? Well, apparently he was watching the game from Los Angeles over in the United States and his reaction was typical Zlatan.
Classic Ibrahimovic – only the Swede would watch someone else score such an incredible overhead kick and say his was better. He said with a straight face “It was a nice goal, but he should try it from 40 meters.”
His bicycle kick may have been from further out, but Ronaldo’s held more importance and will forever be remembered if Real go on to win the Champions League for a third year running.