Cristiano Ronaldo almost single-handedly reignited Manchester United’s bid for a top four finish in the Premier League this season in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Tottenham – and even bagged himself yet another individual record in the process.
Following a hat-trick against Spurs, the 37-year-old superstar now has 807 goals across his iconic career.
That tally means Ronaldo is officially the leading scorer in the history of men’s professional football, bettering the previous mark of 805 goals held by famed Austrian-Czech striker Josef Bican.
Although United’s talisman officially broke the record with his second goal of the evening at Old Trafford, it is his thunderbolt of an opener that will live longest in the memory of many.
Unleashing a magnificent right-footed strike from 35-yards shy of goal, Ronaldo’s effort on the 12-minute mark left Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris absolutely no chance as the ball sailed over his head and into the top corner.
Of all of his 807 goals across the last two decades, rarely will the Portuguese have hit a ball much sweeter.
The United faithful realised it too, rising as one to acclaim the brilliance of their hero.
In the hours since United’s crucial victory, fan footage of Ronaldo’s opening goal has emerged from various locations around Old Trafford showing just how unstoppable it truly was.
Even recently-retired seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady couldn’t help but get caught up in the moment.
One supporter at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ captured video of the NFL legend standing and applauding Ronaldo in the immediate aftermath of his exceptional strike.
Watch: NFL icon Tom Brady reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational opening goal v Spurs
Others around the stadium were fortunate enough to record their own unique angle of the momentous goal and you can check out a couple of them for yourself below.
Naturally, United’s social media team had their own cameras pitchside at Old Trafford and have released their own footage of the Goal of the Season contender on Twitter.
Ronaldo might not quite be at the peak of his powers these days, but this hit gets better each time we watch it from a fresh angle.
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The Ronaldo masterclass – featuring his first hat-trick for United in 14 years – helped Ralf Rangnick’s men rise into fourth place in the Premier League table.
Unfortunately for fans of the Red Devils, fifth-placed Arsenal sit poised just two points away with a considerable four games in hand over United.
If the red half of Manchester is to enjoy Champions League football next season, then United will surely require plenty more heroics from Ronaldo between now and the end of the campaign.
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