'Cristiano Ronaldo is a joke'

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'Cristiano Ronaldo is a joke'

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had the same reaction as nearly everyone else to Cristiano Ronaldo's unbelievable goal on Tuesday night. Not only were the 41,000 odd fans in awe with that moment, even the Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane couldn't believe his eyes. The ball then went flying past a flat-footed Gianluigi Buffon.

And of Cristiano Ronaldo.

La Gazzetta's headline read: "CRWOW!' while Corriere referred to the strike as 'a work of art".

Cristiano Ronaldo led Real Madrid to a resounding 3-0 victory over Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final here, scoring twice - the second with a bicycle kick for the ages - and assisting on the third goal.

"Great goal, what can I say?" "Certainly it's my best goal".

"The applause is a handsome lesson from the Juventus fans to the whole world, football is a show, when you have 22 or 30 high level players and you see a shot like this one it's good to applaud".

Zidane, whose strike for Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow 16 years ago is widely considered as one the finest in Champions League history, reacted in amazement as the two-time reigning champions put one foot in the semi-finals. "I want to thank all the Italians who were here in the stadium and applauded me".

It was always a club that I liked as a child and when the people applaud, it stays in your heart. I have to say thank you a lot - grazie - to all supporters of Juventus.

"It's not easy to get three goals past Juve on their own pitch".

"I just heard the sound of him kicking the ball", Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli said.

"I couldn't do anything else but admire him and the rest of the stadium did so, too". After a poor start to the season, Ronaldo is finally coming into his groove and a strong finish will give him an important boost for the Ballon d'Or.

The statistics are impressive.

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.

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.

It was a nice goal, but he should try it from 40 meters.

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