On This Day: When Cristiano Ronaldo scored an absolute stunner for Manchester United to win the inaugural Puskas Award in the Champions League 13 years ago

Cristiano Ronaldo produced a Banger of a goal for Manchester United in 2009 against Porto, let's dive into nostalgia and relieve that moment

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest goalscorer in the history of football. He has scored a total of 809 goals for Club and Country, the last of which had come against Norwich City as he scored a hat-trick of goals to break Josef Bican’s record. Among these goals are some unbelievably amazing goals that have been placed in the history books forever.

One such goal was an absolute stunner he scored against Porto on this day 13 years ago in the UEFA Champions League 2008-09 quarterfinals, securing the win for Manchester United. The Red Devils progressed through the tournament only to lose against FC Barcelona in the finals. This was also the goal that won the inaugural Puskas award, an award for the best goal scored in a season.

It was almost magic as Cristiano Ronaldo rolled the ball to the side receiving a pass from Anderson to shoot it with absolute power placing it in the left top corner from 40 yards out on the pitch, far away from the goalkeeper’s reach as all players could only watch what CR7 had just done.

It is the best goal I have scored,” CR7 told the press after the match. “It was a fantastic strike and I can’t wait to see it again on DVD. I am very happy with it. Although there’s a chance he may now prefer his jaw-dropping bicycle kick for Real Madrid against Juventus in 2018.

Where does Cristiano Ronaldo stand 13 years down the line?

13 years from that moment, Ronaldo has turned into one of the best players in history to grace the Earth with his finesse, speed, and goals. The best goal scorer in the history of the game has won 5 Ballon d’Ors, 5 Champions League trophies, 7 league titles across three different leagues, a UEFA Euro Cup, the inaugural UEFA Nations League trophy, and many more honors making an endless list of trophies and records.

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently reunited with Manchester United and has been their top scorer this season with 121 goals. However, with Manchester United in smoke and mirrors, he will have to rethink his future. Whatever his decision will be CR7 will still be one of the brightest names in world football.

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