Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatest goals ranked as he becomes all-time top scorer

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Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record as he became football’s all-time top scorer.

The Portuguese forward scored the opening goal in Juventus’ Supercoppa Italiana win over Napoli, making it 760 strikes for club and country – something no other player in football has achieved.

Deflecting off the arm of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, the 35-year-old found himself in space and smashed a half-volley past the goalkeeper.

Ronaldo’s goals over his career have seen him win 28 major titles with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

While his 102 goals for Portugal have earned the 2016 Euros and 2019 Nations League, picking up five Ballon d’Ors along the way.

So Daily Star Sport have taken a look back at some of the most memorable strikes from CR7’s glittering career.

10 Fulham vs Man Utd, Premier League, February 2007

You don’t get to Ronaldo’s record-beating goal tally without being a little bit selfish.

With United drawing 1-1 in west London and two minutes remaining, the forward picked up the ball in his own half and beat three players for victory.

It was his 16th goal of the season which sent United nine points clear of Chelsea – and was celebrated wildly by the whole team.

9 Man Utd vs Aston Villa, Premier League, March 2008

A goalscorer like Ronaldo knows that a goal can be scored from any direction – even with your back to goal.

He showed this against Villa after 16 minutes, taking the ball under control at a corner kick.

Despite having five players and the goalkeeper in front of him, quick-thinking saw the forward flick the ball with the back of his right foot straight into the back of the net.

Wild scenes unfolded at Old Trafford as they went on to secure a 4-0, making consecutive Premier League titles a certainty.

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8 Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid, La Liga, February 2012

Power was the name of the game when he pulled the same stunt for Madrid.

In a battling 0-0 draw against their capital-city rivals, a corner from Mesut Ozil was bundled away in the penalty box after 50 minutes.

With Ronaldo nearest to it and his back turned to goal, he powered a right-footed back heel into the bottom-left corner for victory.

The goal made it 10 consecutive La Liga wins under Jose Mourinho on the way to their first title for four years.

7 Arsenal vs Man Utd, Champions League semi-final, May 2009

In what proved to be his last season with United, Ronaldo put on a show in his penultimate European outing with them.

Assisting Park Ji-Sung eight minutes in, the forward went on to score an incredible 40-yard free-kick that – as Clive Tyldesley said – “went through” Manuel Almunia.

His second was the start and finish of a blistering counter-attack with Park and Wayne Rooney, knocking the Gunners for six on their own turf in a Ronaldo whirlwind.

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6 Juventus vs Man Utd, Champions League group stage, November 2018

Ronaldo’s goal-scoring touch became an instinct through his career – and it showed at the Allianz Stadium two years ago.

Leonardo Bonucci sent a long ball down pitch, which Ronaldo took over his shoulder under pressure from Victor Lindelof.

And there was nothing David de Gea could do as the net bulged milliseconds later.

While Juventus went on to reach the quarter-finals, they tasted defeat that night in a 2-1 loss to Mourinho’s men.

5 Osasuna vs Real Madrid, La Liga, March 2012

One of Ronaldo’s secret weapons in such consistent form over his 760-goal career has been his enviable physique.

And he showed it off against La Liga minnows Osasuna, smashing the back of the net from 40 yards out.

Making it 36 league goals, CR7 showed off his bulging leg muscles that powered the ball past Osasuna’s helpless goalkeeper.

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4 Porto vs Man Utd, Champions League quarter-final, April 2009

But his best long-range effort had come three years earlier in that last campaign at Old Trafford.

Travelling to home country Portugal, the second leg was ready for a tense encounter after a 2-2 draw against Porto at Old Trafford in the quarter-final first leg.

Ronaldo was clearly not feeling the pressure, though, as he sent a low and powerful shot at Helton Arruda after just six minutes.

With the ball hitting the top corner, the Estadio do Dragao fell silent at the forward’s thunderous strike.

3 Hungary vs Portugal, Euros group stage, June 2016

Ronaldo was a man on a mission when he lifted the 2016 continental honour for his country – and it was clear to see against Hungary.

Having just gone 2-1 down and needing to avoid defeat, the captain sprinted to meet Joao Mario’s cross in the penalty box.

And he volleyed the ball on the inside of his right foot to flick past Gabor Kiraly, sending Portugal fans wild in Lyon.

Becoming the first player to score in four Euros, it meant they crept into the round-of-16 as third in Group F before taking the title.

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2 Man Utd vs Portsmouth, Premier League, January 2008

CR7 is famous for his set-piece style because of one of the most celebrated goals in Premier League history.

Having opened the scoring after 10 minutes, the No.7 had a free kick 30 yards out two minutes later.

There was a five-man wall and David James in his way – but it did not stop Ronaldo lashing the ball into the top-right corner.

The stance, the run-up, the drive, the power to get the ball up and down… David James’ helpless reaction summed it the unbeatable goal well.

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  • 1 Juventus vs Real Madrid, Champions League quarter-final, April 2018

    There was only ever going to be one winner!

    Ronaldo’s trip to the Allianz Stadium in his last season with Madrid saw him open the scoring in the first leg of the quarter-final.

    But his second was a moment of magic, climbing to reach Dani Carvajal’s second-half cross and bicycle kick past Gianluigi Buffon into the bottom-left corner.

    So great was the goal that even Juventus fans applauded the strike that sent Madrid on their way to three consecutive Champions League honours.

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