Sporting CP – November 2007
One of Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatest strengths is his ability to score from free-kicks, and from seemingly anywhere on the pitch as well. He has truly produced stunning moments, but one against his old club stands out for several reasons.
A UEFA Champions League group-stage match against Sporting CP in 2007 with Manchester United saw his goal come at a crucial time near the end of the match for a 2-1 victory, and also eliminate Sporting from the competition.
From 35 yards out, Ronaldo smashes the ball into of the top corner of the net and leaves the goalkeeper in a state of frustration.
But it is Ronaldo’s reaction in such a brilliant moment that stands out. Understanding the magnitude of the goal and against his former side, Ronaldo simply shrugs and does his best not to celebrate the strike.
Ronaldo’s reputation is often one of arrogance, but his excellent goal against Sporting featured a great gesture of respect for his opponent and the game.