After gracing Serie A, La Liga and the international stage, the legendary ‘R9’ Ronaldo has played alongside and against some of the very best during his 18-year career.
At club level, the two-time Ballon d’Or winner, scored 352 goals, as well as bagging 62 in 98 for the Selecao. O Fenomeno’ graced the field for Cruzeiro, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Corinthians and the Brazilian national team.
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Let’s talk about the man himself. As mentioned earlier, at club level, Ronaldo scored 352 goals as well as bagging 62 in 98 for the Selecao.
But when you are talking about the best goal ‘R9’ has ever scored, the sublime solo effort against Compostela in 1996 is at the very top of the list.
In a 5-1 win, the Brazilian scored twice and his first strike was utterly sublime.
Receiving the ball in his own half, the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year slalomed his way to goal, displaying innate pace and power, balance and sheer skill. And he had the cool finish to top it all of.
What’s perhaps most impressive about the goal is that several defenders do their very best to foul him; pulling on his shirt and wildly attempting to hack him down.
But Ronaldo was having absolutely none of it and his persistence ultimately paid of.
The goal is incredibly iconic, as is the commentary, but what really makes the moment is the priceless reaction from Ronaldo’s manager on the touchline, the late Sir Bobby Robson.