Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest headers of a ball the footballing world has even seen.
Whether it’s his NBA-level jumping ability, or his ability to generate over five times his body weight in force each time he takes to the air, there are few players who have ever been able to consistently connect with a header in the same way as Ronaldo.
Across his 870 total career matches, the legendary Portuguese forward has notched a near-unbelievable 671 goals, with an incredible 108 of these coming from headers.
In this century of goals however, there are very few that rank alongside his 2008 effort against Roma, whilst playing for Manchester United.
With the Red Devils away at the Stadio Olimpico for the first leg of their Champions League quarter final, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team were looking for a vital away goal to bring home to Old Trafford.
Enter Cristiano Ronaldo.
With the first half looking to be edging towards a stalemate at the interval, Paul Scholes picked up the ball on the right of the area in the 36th minute, and floated in a tantalising cross.
Despite not even being in frame when the cross was hit, Ronaldo came thundering into the box to hammer an utterly-unstoppable header into the bottom left of the goal – sending his teammates and fans alike into raptures.
Indeed, so remarkable was his run and subsequent header, that some fans noticed that Ronaldo wasn’t even in the box as the ball came past the six yard line, but still managed to make the perfect connection with the ball.
Re-live the stunning moment yourself with the below video.
Amongst his collection of stunning free kicks, 40 yard screamers, and beautiful finishes, it really is testament to his ability that a 12 yard header should rank amongst the very best.
Never change Cristiano Ronaldo.
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