Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored superb headers at AS Roma for Man Utd and Juventus


Cristiano Ronaldo has been up to his old tricks in 2020/21.

Despite now being closer to his 40th birthday than his 30th, the Juventus superstar is continuing to prove himself as one of Europe's deadliest strikers and the new season is no different.

Ronaldo marked Juventus' curtain-raiser in Serie A with the third goal in a 3-0 win over Sampdoria, before picking up where he left off during a blockbuster away trip to AS Roma. 

Ronaldo's header vs Roma

Jordan Veretout fired the home side into the lead, only for Ronaldo to respond with a penalty, but Juventus still trailed at half-time when Roma converted a spot kick of their own.

But Juventus fans had nothing to fear with Ronaldo leading their line because the five-time Ballon d'Or winner produced a moment of magic to rescue a point in the 69th minute.

The Turin club broke down the right-hand side with Danilo picking up the ball from Douglas Costa, before whipping in a stunning cross to Ronaldo in the six-yard box.


Ronaldo defying gravity

The Portuguese then proceeded to raise two fingers to the laws of physics by defying gravity to hang in the air for what felt like hours, winning the header and finding the back of the net.

It was reminiscent of Ronaldo's equally hummingbird-like goal against Sampdoria last season and further proof that, even at 35 years old, he remains one of football's most supreme athletes.

However, although Ronaldo's heading ability has come on leaps and bounds with age, you can trace some of his earliest moments of levitation back to his time with Manchester United.


Ronaldo's 2008 Roma header

In fact, rather astonishingly, Ronaldo's incredible goal on Sunday night wasn't even the best header he's scored away to AS Roma in his career. 

That's because Ronaldo scored arguably his greatest ever header during United's trip to the Stadio Olimpico for a Champions League quarter-final clash in 2008.

What makes the goal so remarkable isn't that Ronaldo rose higher than ever or hung in the air longer than ever, rather that he came flying across the penalty area like a heat-seeking missile.

Check out the stunning goal down below: 

Let's all take a moment to appreciate that Ronaldo isn't even in the frame of the television camera when Paul Scholes chips in the cross that he'll eventually head past the goalkeeper.

The momentum with which Ronaldo comes barrelling towards Scholes' delivery is absolutely mesmerising and even better than some of his gravity-defying headers, in our opinion.

But regardless of where you think it ranks in Ronaldo's oeuvre, the fact he's scored more than one superb header away to Roma tells you everyone you need to know about his omnipotence.

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