Does Ronaldo’s strike rank among the greatest?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s thunderous strike in Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Porto has been hailed as a wonder goal, but just how good was it?
Few could find such power on a shot from 40 metres, few would even try to shoot from there. The context of the game, where United needed to win to reach the Champions League semi-finals, also adds weight to the argument that it was one of European football’s great goals.
Ronaldo, a former Sporting Lisbon winger, was also playing in the cauldron of the Dragao in Porto.
Counting against the Portuguese is the fact that 49 times out of 50, such a shot would fly high over the bar or be easily stopped by the keeper.
The debate about what makes a great goal has always raged. A majority probably prefer a beautifully well-worked team goal to a long-distance individual strike that could have ended up anywhere.
What do you reckon?
PHOTO: Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores during their Champions League quarter-final, second leg soccer match in Porto, April 15 2009. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro