Ronaldo’s bicycle kick sends social media into a spin
From pundits to Premier League stars and even LeBron James, football fans were united in their awe of the superb shot.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick had Zinedine Zidane’s jaw on the floor and applause from fans on both sides.
Here’s how social media – and the man himself – reacted to the Real Madrid star’s spellbinding Champions League goal against Juventus.
Former England captain Gary Lineker summed it up in a sentence.
Seen a lot of great goals in my time but that is absolutely breathtaking from Ronaldo.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 3, 2018
But could not stop there.
Rio Ferdinand pointed out the gob-smacked Zidane and rapturous applause that accompanied the wonder shot.
Ronaldo’s fellow professionals were equally amazed.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a joke 😱 what a player! 🔥🔥🔥— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) April 3, 2018
CR7 🔥 🐐— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) April 3, 2018
This Ronaldo guy too. He is not normal— Rolando Aarons (@RolandoAarons) April 3, 2018
Marvellous Ronny 👏🏻⚽️— Sam Clucas (@samclucas) April 3, 2018
Ronaldo ! Oh my god 😳— Kevin Long (@kevinlong28) April 3, 2018
Others were more measured in their response – if a little tongue-in-cheek.
There is only a few of us who can do that— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) April 3, 2018
Admiration for Ronaldo went transatlantic – catching the eye of NBA star LeBron James, no less.
There were the inevitable comparisons with Lionel Messi.
Still not better than Messi— Michael Johnston (@mikeyjohnston10) April 3, 2018
But it ultimately fell to Piers Morgan to weigh up the debate.
The astonishing goal... the Juve fans’ applause... Zidane’s disbelief... this is one of football’s greatest ever moments. https://t.co/f3XsFbR3vm— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 3, 2018
We can all debate who’s better, and I constantly change my mind depending on what latest wizardry each one unleashes.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 3, 2018
But surely there’s now no debate that Messi & @Cristiano are the two greatest footballers to ever play the game? pic.twitter.com/tBFFhgsWgG
And what did Ronaldo himself think of the goal?