Cristiano Ronaldo takes Estonia apart with skills and goals

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Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the Champions League final, not because he played well across the 120 minutes – he didn't – but because he stepped up to score the winning penalty in the shootout.

Yes, it was his carved figure that was spread across Europe's front pages as Real Madrid won their second Champions League title in three years, beating Atletico Madrid by the finest of margins once again.

But Ronaldo's no-show in normal and extra time did not escape the attention of pundits, who speculated that he was not fully fit going into the tie. Indeed, the 31-year-old had been suffering from a hamstring injury in the build-up to the game and is believed to have passed himself fit.


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An absence in the recent friendly against England only served to increase speculation even though Portugal's coach Fernando Santos insisted he was raring to go.

He told reporters: "He is very well physically, mentally and in terms of morale. You will see it in the game [against Estonia]. He is in the same condition as any other player."

The game

That game was scheduled for Wednesday – it is going on as I write, but perhaps not as you read – and Ronaldo started. All eyes were on him, seeing if he could prove his fitness ahead of Portugal's first Euro 2016 game against Iceland next Tuesday.

And, unsurprisingly, Ronaldo was on fire. In fact, before I could even finish writing what the story was supposed to be about, the 31-year-old scored two goals: a bullet header and an outrageous chip.

But first, let us talk about the skill. Ronaldo received the ball near the halfway line, proceeded to make a fool of the defender, who valiantly chased back to try and recover some pride. But Ronaldo saw him coming from a mile away and did what he had done just seconds before.

Here it is:

He then scored a bullet header from an excellent Ricardo Quersma cross, which can be viewed below. He then scored a quite sensational chip shot, although there is some speculation that it may have been an accident.

First goal

Second goal

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