Cristiano Ronaldo: Five best Champions League moments

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will become the Champions League’s all-time scorer if he nets two goals against Liverpool at the Bernabeu this evening - so we’ve decided to take a look at his best five moments in the competition.

The Portuguese forward has made 106 appearances in Europe’s premier club competition, scoring 70 goals in the process - which leaves him one behind retired striker, Raul.

Becoming the competition’s all-time leading scorer would be a sweet moment for Ronaldo, particularly against the fierce rivals of his former employers, Manchester United.

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Scroll down to see Ronaldo’s top five moments in the Champions League, watch the linked videos, and don’t forget to leave a comment in the box below.

Can you think of golden moments we missed out? Do you disagree with the order? Have your say - and tell us whether or not you think Ronaldo will become the Champions League’s all-time top scorer this evening.

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5. Insane header away at AS Roma in 2008

Manchester United faced a tough away trip to AS Roma in the first leg of the 2007/08 Champions League quarter-finals, but the Italians were powerless to prevent Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring.

The Portuguese star opened the scoring five minutes before half-time with a quite magnificent header from Paul Scholes’ chipped pass.

The leap itself was remarkable - how did he get that far off the ground? - while the sheer power he generated from his neck muscles to fire the ball past Roma goalkeeper Doni was nothing short of terrifying.

4. Brace for United v Arsenal in 2009

Manchester United advanced to the 2009 Champions League final thanks to a stunning brace by Cristiano Ronaldo - and an earlier goal by Park Ji-Sung - over Arsenal in the semi-finals.

Ronaldo, who at this point was the holder of the coveted Ballon d’Or trophy, showed exactly what he was arguably the best footballer on the planet by firing a rocket of a free-kick past Manuel Almunia on the 11th minute.

And he capped off a memorable performance by finishing off one of the best counter-attacking goals that Manchester United have ever scored.

Ronaldo started off the move with a neat back-heel to Park, who fed the ball out left to Wayne Rooney, who slid the ball to Cristiano, who produced a fine finish to send United through to the final in Rome.

3. Best goal of his career v Porto in 2009

En route to the 2009 Champions League finals, Cristiano Ronaldo scored what remains the finest goal of his professional career.

Up against FC Porto, in the second leg of the quarter-finals - a match United needed to win to advance to the semis - Ronaldo picked the ball up from fully 40 yards before unleashing a miraculous drive which flew past Helton into the back of the net.

Nobody inside the Estádio do Dragão could quite believe what they had just witnessed. And to this day it’s hard to believe Ronaldo managed to get that much power and accuracy behind the shot.

2. Champions League victory over Chelsea in 2008

The 2008 Champions League final was a roller coaster of emotions for Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the opening goal with a fine header past Petr Cech in the first half, before missing a penalty against the Chelsea goalkeeper in the shoot-out.

However, Ronaldo was bailed out by Chelsea captain John Terry, whose slip and miss allowed United back into the shoot-out. The relief on Ronaldo was evident as he broke down in tears on the halfway line following Edwin van der Sar’s save from Nicolas Anelka.

United’s triumphant Champions League campaign played a major role in helping Ronaldo secure his first Ballon d’Or months later.

1. Winning La Decima for Real Madrid in 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed many great Champions League nights since joining Real Madrid in 2009, but the best - and probably the best night of his career - came on 24 May 2014.

His boyhood dream was to play in the famous white shirt of Real Madrid - and after making that come true, he two primary goals: to become the best footballer of all time and to help Los Blancos end their wait for La Decima, the tenth European Cup.

He achieved the second goal earlier this year thanks to a dramatic victory over Atletico Madrid in, fittingly for Ronaldo, Lisbon.

And while he didn’t enjoy his best game, he still managed to get himself on the scoresheet with a 120th-minute penalty.

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