Van Nistelrooy and Ronaldo.

What Van Nistelrooy has said about Cristiano Ronaldo when he signed for Manchester United

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Are there any more words left to describe Cristiano Ronaldo?

The Real Madrid superstar scored what many consider to be the finest goal of his career against Juventus on Tuesday as, once again, he delivered in the Champions League.

Ronaldo scored twice on the night and in doing so, set a new record by scoring in 10 successive Champions League fixtures.

The stunning bicycle kick, which gave Los Blancos a 2-0 lead which would eventually turn into 3-0, will probably be the first clip shown in any Ronaldo end-of-career highlights video.

"In his relentless pursuit of greatness, he produces an absolute moment of brilliance,” Rio Ferdinand, who played with Ronaldo at Manchester United, told BT Sport.

“This lit up this studio, imagine what it did for people around the world to see one of the greatest, if not the greatest player on the planet, to produce a moment like this against Juventus, the magnitude of the game, the occasion.

"The athleticism, look how high he is off the floor, it is a joke."

What Van Nistelrooy has said about Ronaldo

One man left unsurprised by Ronaldo’s rise to the top is someone who, like Ferdinand, was there to see him develop at Old Trafford, is Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Ronaldo arrived as an 18-year-old from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and, according to Van Nistelrooy, always believed he would become a superstar.

“He came as a young lad but he knew what he wanted to become, and he also said it: ‘I want to be the best player in the world’,” Van Nistelrooy said, per Goal.

“At the beginning you think: ‘OK, he's a young lad – keep dreaming’. But the work-rate and talent he's combining has made him achieve his goals, and he's still going strong. It's fantastic.”

Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy

On the goal which saw Ronaldo set yet another record, Van Nistelrooy continued: “It was a big game – a quarter-final. Having scored nine consecutive goals in the competition, to score your tenth in a game like that in the way he did…

“Both goals were really good, especially the bicycle kick which was just out of this world. The height he kicked it at was unbelievable.”

Unbelievable. A word that has been used to describe Ronaldo more than a thousand times.

If the Portuguese star can lead Real to another European triumph, it would cap an astonishing few months.

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