Real Madrid's Ronaldo on wonder goal: 'I didn't expect to score'

  • Real Madrid's Ronaldo on wonder goal: 'I didn't expect to score'

Real Madrid's Ronaldo on wonder goal: 'I didn't expect to score'

In the 64th minute, Daniel Carvajal chipped in a cross from the right and found Ronaldo who showed exceptional technique to double the lead with an acrobatic overhead kick that left Gianluigi Buffon with no chance.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor once again proved his mettle and his strength in 2018 as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 3-0 away in the first leg of the quarter-final. "For this I thank all the Italian fans, thank you".

"I've been looking for it for a long time but they are part of the game".

"It (ovation by rival fans) had never happened to me in my career before".

Cristiano Ronaldo bicycle kick helped Real Madrid win the first leg of Champion League's quarter-final.

The Portugal global also set up Madrid's third, for Marcelo, shortly after Juventus forward Paulo Dybala had been sent off following a second yellow card.

Cristiano Ronaldo showed that he is now the best centre-forward around with two goals, the second historic, to sink a Juventus team which had battled until the second goal went in. "Well, of course I'm proud", Ronaldo said, adding: "I didn't know until you told me".

While the performance was one of quality and composure from Los Blancos, the match will forever be remembered for Ronaldo's masterful goal, as well as the reaction that followed.

The victory underlined Real Madrid's credentials as one of the favourites to win the Champions League, as they now already have one foot in the semi-finals courtesy of the fantastic victory against the in-form Italian giants. And Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, himself considered one of the best players in history, clutched his head in amazement. I'm so happy - thank you.

The 33-year old record man for Real Madrid also became the first player to be able to find the back of the net in 10 back to back Champions appearances.

But to criticise would be querulous on an evening when Juventus lost at home for only the second time in 75 matches, leaving manager Massimiliano Allegri deflated but not devastated.

"We love to play in the Champions League, I love to play in the Champions League".

Madrid's left wing, Marcelo, scored the final goal with an assist from Ronaldo, making it hard for the Italians to make a comeback.