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Cristiano Ronaldo's Man United goal vs Porto happened 10 years ago today

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a name that even the most casual of football fans will recognise, with the Portuguese not just being one of the greatest footballers to grace planet earth but also turning himself into a global brand and commodity.

At 34 years of age, Ronaldo is still producing at the top level for Juventus and is showing no signs of slowing down, leading the footballing world to believe that he could carry on playing until he is at least 40.

Ronaldo's equaliser against Ajax marked his 125th Champions League goal, putting him 17 clear at the top of the table for most Champions League goals scored ahead of arch-rival Lionel Messi.

The Juve forward has many memorable strikes to choose from from his 125 in Europe's most prestigious competition, but there is one in particular that stands out.

Despite scoring 105 UCL goals during nine trophy-laden years at Real Madrid, this legendary screamer came in the Red of Manchester United, ten years ago today.

At the time, it was common knowledge that Ronaldo wanted to leave the club for Madrid but honoured Sir Alex Ferguson one more year at United - highlighting the respect that Ronaldo had for the Scot.

The goal took place against the Portuguese's old rivals in FC Porto, with the tie standing at 2-2 after a tricky first leg at Old Trafford.

The second leg was just six minutes old at the Estadio do Dragao, when Ronaldo picked up the ball 40 yards out and sent a thunderbolt past Helton that silenced football fans everywhere.

Manchester United's Portugese midfielder

Ryan Giggs said during an interview with Super Six that the goal showed him that Ronaldo could be the best player in the world.

"There was a goal he scored against Porto, he was about 40 yards out.

"It was unbelievable, unbelievable goal," Giggs added.

"To go back to Portugal against one of his rivals when he was growing up, there have been three or four times on a pitch where I have gone 'Wow' and that was one of them."

Ten years may have gone by since that infamous strike, but Ronaldo's goal prowess has only improved, with the now-veteran being one of the most potent strikers in world football.

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