Cristiano Ronaldo Thanks Juventus Fans for Applause After Overhead-Kick Goal

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2018

TOPSHOT - Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates after scoring a second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on April 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLO        (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Juventus supporters after they stood to applaud his incredible second goal in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. 

Ronaldo executed a stunning overhead kick on the night, as Real ran out 3-0 winners in the first leg of their quarter-final encounter. And while the atmosphere inside the Allianz Stadium was loud throughout the contest, the supporters recognised the Portugal international's genius with a round of applause.

After the game, the 33-year-old said it was a reception that meant a lot to him, per Reuters:

"This was one of the nicest moments. To be applauded by the Juventus stadium, where so many great footballers have played, is a top moment for me. It's something that stays in your heart...I want to thank all the Italians who were here in the stadium and applauded me."

As relayed by FTS Football, the entire stadium hailed the Portuguese forward, and it was clear he was appreciative of the reaction:

FTS Football @FromTStands

A goal so good even Juventus fans applauded...👏 (🎥IG/fabbbri_franco) https://t.co/DafhU1tTfH

Per BlameFootball, it's not something that happens too often:

BlameFootball @blamefootball

🔴2003 - Ronaldo vs Manchester United ⚪️2005 - Ronaldinho vs Real Madrid ⚫️2018 - C. Ronaldo vs Juventus Performances so legendary that even rival fans applauded 🙏👏 https://t.co/Fbb5p8HmvO

The goal was Ronaldo's second on the night, having earlier given his side the lead. Marcelo added a third for Madrid to give Juventus a mountain to climb ahead of the second leg.

While the performance was one of quality and composure from Los Blancos, the match will forever be remembered for Ronaldo's masterful goal, as well as the reaction that followed.

Paolo Bandini of the Guardian said there was little else the home supporters could do:

Paolo Bandini @Paolo_Bandini

Standing ovation from Juventus fans for Ronaldo. What else can you do after a goal like that?

Ronaldo noted after the match that for all the goals he has scored in his career, the most recent one may be the best he's netted.

"Obviously people are talking about my second goal...it was a spectacular goal, possibly the best of my career," he said. "I scored once for the national team with a bicycle kick, which hit the post and went in, but this was a bit better."

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 03:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Allianz Stadium on April 3, 2018 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Emilio An
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To possess the inventiveness and belief to attempt something as difficult as that is indicative of the type of character Ronaldo is. However, the Madrid No. 7 appeared to be practising something similar in the buildup to this game:

B/R Football @brfootball

Monday ➡️ Tuesday 💪 https://t.co/1HbpqqP95H

Executing this skill on one of the biggest stages in world football is classic Ronaldo, as he's developed a deserved reputation as a man who performs at his best under the brightest lights. Taking the game away from Juventus in the manner he did means the Italian champions face an almost impossible ask in the second leg.

Ronaldo has now scored in his last 10 Champions League games in a row and has 39 goals for the season in all competitions. You would be foolish to back against him and Madrid from going all the way once again in the world's most prestigious club competition.


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