FC Porto – April 2009
Cristiano Ronaldo’s final season at Old Trafford certainly brought success, as Manchester United captured a Premier League and League Cup double under Sir Alex Ferguson. Their UEFA Champions League campaign ended as runners-up to Lionel Messi and Barcelona.
But on the way to that European final, Ronaldo powered the Red Devils into the semi-final round with a thunderbolt against FC Porto in the quarter-final second leg.
A 2-2 draw at home set up a difficult visit to the Estádio do Dragão. But early in the encounter, CR7 would provide the goal needed to advance in the competition.
Taking the ball 40 yards out, Ronaldo uncorks an unbelievably powerful blast into the top corner to give United a 3-2 lead on aggregate. That score would carry them through to the semi-final.
This kind of attempt takes skill, strength, courage and even a little bit of insanity to try. Arguably his best goal in a Manchester United shirt, it is one of the finest strikes during the Champions League in recent memory.