Ranking Cristiano Ronaldo's 17 Champions League Goals This Season

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMay 25, 2014

Ranking Cristiano Ronaldo's 17 Champions League Goals This Season

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    Cristiano Ronaldo scored 17 goals in this past season's UEFA Champions League tournament, smashing the previous record and scooping up his third UCL top-scorer award.

    The achievement puts him in remarkable company, with only Gerd Mueller, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Eusebio, Ferenc Puskas and Jean-Pierre Papin reaching the same level in history.

    Here, we take a look back at all of his goals and rank them from worst to best.

17. Penalty vs. Atletico Madrid

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    Sadly, the UEFA Champions League final rather passed Cristiano Ronaldo by.

    It became obvious he wasn't fully fit, and his usually stellar footwork let him down at the crucial moment twice.

    But the sporting son of Lisbon was able to cap off the final in style, stabbing a penalty firmly to Thibaut Courtois' left to seal a 4-1 win.

16. Penalty vs. Juventus

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    Ronaldo's penalty against Juventus just edges the one against Atletico Madrid by virtue of its superior placement in the net (skip to 3:12 in the video).

    He went high into the roof, giving Gianluigi Buffon no chance.

15. Timely Arrival vs. Galatasaray

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    By far the easiest goal of his 17 in total, Ronaldo merely had to be standing up to finish this gift after a header rebounded off the goalkeeper's hands and into his path (skip to 00:08 in the video).

    They all count.

14. Poked Effort vs. Borussia Dortmund

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    There were some lingering doubts as to whether Ronaldo would play against Borussia Dortmund due to nagging injury concerns, but he started, completed 80 minutes and scored the third goal.

    Luka Modric did the hard work, opening up the BVB defence like a hot knife through butter, and the Portuguese hitman coolly slotted home after organising his feet.

13. Knock-Down Conversion vs. Copenhagen

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    They're not all pretty, and if there's one thing in Ronaldo's game that has people believing he'd be a fantastic central striker, it's his improved ability to take up strong positions in the box.

    Here, Marcelo hits Pepe with a long ball, and the knock-down is easily converted by his Portuguese teammate.

12. Right Place, Right Time vs. Galatasaray

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    Ronaldo's first goal against Galatasaray stands an example of how patience and good positioning can eventually pay dividends.

    After Angel Di Maria had chipped the ball over his head to Isco at the far post, CR7 repositioned, found himself a yard of space and smashed home into the roof of the net.

11. Leaping Salmon Header vs. Copenhagen

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    If a team are proving difficult to break down, hit the byline and wonders can happen.

    That's exactly what Di Maria did when surging down the right, as he was able to clip a floated ball back across the box for Ronaldo to head home.

10. Rounding the Keeper vs. Schalke

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    Having conceded five goals and, effectively, the tie to Real Madrid in one leg, Ralf Fahrmann may have felt his night would get a little quieter as Los Blancos took their foot off the gas.

    Wrong.

    Ronaldo broke through the defensive lines again with the help of his midfield, bore down on goal, knocked it around Fahrmann's sprawling hands and tucked it away for 6-0.

9. 1-on-1 vs. Juventus

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    Karim Benzema does the hard work here, pushing Juventus' defensive line back and finding Ronaldo with a clever reverse pass, but the finish isn't easy.

    He had to chip it up over Gianluigi Buffon so the latter's outstretched hand couldn't reach it on his wrong side.

8. Poacher's Finish vs. Schalke

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    Coming off the back of a 6-1 win at the Veltins Arena, there was no pressing need for Ronaldo to play in the second leg against Schalke.

    But with goals on his mind, he started and swept home this delicious team move following great work from Isco and Gareth Bale.

7. Rounding the Keeper vs. Juventus

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    This one's just a little better than when Ronaldo rounded Ralf Fahrmann, due to the incisive pass before the finish and the even steeper angle on goal the forward faced.

    Di Maria provided a moment of passing luxury, fooling Angelo Ogbonna all ends up, and CR7 was able to deftly chip his finish into the net from a position many would miss from.

6. Mazy Dribble vs. Schalke

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    Ronaldo's second strike at home to Schalke was decidedly better than his first, taking on three midfield men in a mazy dribble before slamming home an acute-angled shot.

    Ralf Fahrmann, along with the rest of his defensive line, was simply powerless to stop it.

5. Header vs. Copenhagen

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    There's something about this goal, though it's a simplistic one, that wows us every time we watch it.

    Ronaldo identified the flight of ball and where it would land within a millisecond of it leaving the crosser's foot. Both centre-backs and the goalkeeper failed to readjust, but Ronaldo has already darted into the right position, leapt and was waiting for the ball to fall onto his head.

4. Quick Feet vs. Schalke

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    Poor Benedikt Howedes.

    Real Madrid, already two goals to the good away to Schalke in their round-of-16 matchup, broke with pace through Ronaldo and allowed him to finish the job.

    His step-overs left Howedes, the right-back, in no man's land. The left-footed finish into the side of the net was gasp-worthy.

3. Under-the-Wall Free-Kick vs. Bayern Munich

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    Leading 3-0 at the Allianz Arena late on, Real Madrid won a free-kick that was just right for Ronaldo's proven range.

    The Portuguese forward had noticed the Bayern wall's tendency to jump—high—to block his efforts headed to the top corner, so he chose to fire it in low, Ronaldinho-style, and managed to slip it under the feet of the wall...and into the corner.

    Manuel Neuer has never looked so helpless.

2. Solo Golazo vs. Galatasaray

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    Ronaldo's third goal against Galatasaray at the Turk Telekom Arena was a sight to behold.

    Benzema led the break, dumped it off to CR7 on his left and let him do the rest. Defenders fell by the wayside as they tried to tackle him, and from an acute angle the Portuguese found a beautiful left-footed finish into the far side of the net.

1. Team Effort vs. Bayern Munich

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    What an unbelievable, sensational counter-attacking goal.

    Benzema and Bale are the stars here—the former winning the ball and laying it on, the latter trekking 50 yards with it and freeing up space—but Ronaldo kept up with the play, made himself available and reaped the rewards.

    Finish-wise it's one of his average goals, but the team effort was just incredible.