Every generation of football is blessed with some brilliant players. From the Diego Maradonas to the Peles, to the Zidanes and Messis, every generation has players that are simply the greatest.
Every generation has names that are synonymous with the sport itself, and their legacies will go down in the record books forever.
However, every generation also has that “other guy”—the one that is brilliant and world-class but just isn’t as well-reputed or praised as much as other guys in the generation.
Now, let’s look at the 2 instances where Cristiano Ronaldo proved that he is world-class:
- Juventus 0 Real Madrid 3
Real Madrid faced Juventus away from home in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final on their way winning a third consecutive Champions League title.
On a memorable night for him, ronaldo assisted one and scored a brace, the second a spectacular bicycle kick which earned him a standing ovation from the crowd.
Later in the match he set up marcelo to score a third goal, thus completing a perfecting night for himself and reassuring his status as one of the best players of all time.
- Portugal 3 Spain 3
Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Spain for Portugal in the most recent world to rescue a draw.In that match ronaldo scored early, winning and scoring a penalty within five minutes but Spain deservedly leveled through s fine strike from diego costa.
Portugal scored again just before halftime when ronaldo finished off a quick transition but Spain once again leveled through diego costa and took the lead for the first time in the match through a an excellent strike from nacho.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man, two minutes from injury time, just when it seemed Spain would take all the three points, ronaldo stepped up and scored a wonderful free kick to ensure the spoils were shared in this pulsating encounter.