Cristiano Ronaldo was a man on a mission during Portugal’s semi-final win over Wales on Wednesday.
The Real Madrid superstar effectively killed the tie by scoring a magnificent header and then setting up Nani for Portugal’s second goal three minutes later.
Ronaldo has scored some spectacular headers during his career, but his headed effort against Wales was right up there amongst his very best.
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Raphaël Guerreiro provided the cross from the left flank and, right on cue, there was Ronaldo to power an unstoppable header past Wayne Hennessey in the Wales goal.
Quite how Ronaldo managed to stay in the air for so long is a mystery - as, too, is how ridiculously high he managed to jump.
This is how high Cristiano Ronaldo jumped
According to the Daily Mail - per Spanish newspaper Marca - Ronaldo reached a maximum height of 2.61 metres during his leap.
A mind-blowing 76.2 centimetres off the ground, Ronaldo jumped a whole 17 centimetres higher than the crossbar.
To put that into even more perspective, that’s as high as a basketball net.
Teams in the NBA might want to give him a call before he puts pen to paper on a new contract with Real Madrid.
According to recent reports, the 31-year-old will sign a new deal with Los Blancos after the European Championships.
Ronaldo now the firm favourite to win 2016 Ballon d'Or
Ronaldo can virtually guarantee himself a fourth Ballon d’Or award by inspiring Portugal to glory against France on Sunday night.
After helping Real Madrid win a record-breaking 11th European Cup in May, Ronaldo is currently the bookmakers’ favourite to win the prestigious individual accolade.
Given Lionel Messi’s failure to win the Copa America - the Barcelona icon missed a penalty in the final and then announced his international retirement - and his recent tax troubles, it seems likely that Ronaldo will land his hands on the award he craves more than most come January.
However, there is one man who could potentially stop Ronaldo from winning the award: Antoine Griezmann.
Although the Frenchman missed a penalty in the Champions League final, he was magnificent last season for Atleti, scoring 32 goals in 54 matches.
The 25-year-old has also been Euro 2016’s standout player and will be desperate to lead France to glory - and, if possible, add to his goal tally - in this weekend’s final.
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