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Times when Ronaldo defied gravity

Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo yet again scored a high-flying hanging header as he did so many times throughout the 19 seasons of his illustrious career as his side secured a 2-2 draw against AS Roma on Sunday. 

At the age of 35, even when the greats like the Brazillian Ronaldo, Kaka hung up their boots, the Portuguese superstar remains one of the fittest footballers of the world. As many entitle him as one of the most complete footballers,  he made headed goals from over 8 feet height as one of his trademarks like many others.

Cristiano's breathtaking ability to hang in the air for such height and so long even at this age indicates he shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. 

Today we take a look at some of the iconic trademark goals Ronaldo scored throughout his career and why fans call him CR7 Airlines.


Against Manchester United (2010-11):

Cristiano's highest header goal was against Manchester United during their round of 16 clashes in Champions League 2012-13 as he rose over 9.5 feet to head the ball passed young David De Gea as Ronaldo's former teammate Patrice Evra was left ball-watching.


Against Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final :

The top-scorer of the competition, then playing for Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a bullet header an opened the scoring against Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final. 

As Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Ballack all watched the ball flying in the air as young Cristiano leaped above all and showed the sign of greatness to come. He, later on, won the first of five Ballon d'Or of his career.





In the smokey sky of Paris:

Champions League seems to be Ronaldo's favorite playground as he defied the gravity once again versus Paris Saint Germain in 2018 as he raised head and shoulder above Paris's defense and scored passed Areola. Real Madrid went on to conquer their 13th European title that season. 



Leaping over the Wales team to head the ball for Portugal:

Cristiano kept on hanging in the air during the historic UEFA Euro 2016 semi-final against Gareth Bale's Wales as his 50th-minute triumphant head over every other player on the park gave his side the lead. The Portuguese side won that encounter and went on to win their first European cup under Ronaldo's leadership, along with Ronaldo's maiden international trophy. 




Ruling the skies of Italy vs Sampdoria:

Even during the weekend of Spanish El-Classico, the world was on its feet for another aerial brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo as he produced an astonishing 71cm leap, meaning he reached a height of 8.39ft (2.56m) in his attempt to meet Alex Sandro's cross. He was then able to apply the finish past Emil Audero in the Sampdoria goal.

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