Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in Champions League history to exclusively score 100 goals for one club when he netted against Paris Saint-Germain.
The 33-year-old Portuguese international registered a brace as the defending European champions ran out 3-1 winners in their round of 16 first-leg meeting with Unai Emery’s men at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
It was Ronaldo’s first goal that saw him yet again enter the history books. Real had been trailing for 12 minutes, after Adrien Rabiot gave the visitors the lead, but Los Blancos levelled the scoring after winning a spot kick on the stroke of half-time.
#UCL goals for @realmadrid! pic.twitter.com/PHf0lSAmnJ
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 14, 2018
As usual the club’s record goalscorer stepped up, never one to shirk responsibility, and subsequently dispatched the ball past Alphonse Areola.
It seemed a case of business-as-usual until eagle-eyed viewers noticed something amiss. Ronaldo, who holds the record for most penalties scored in La Liga, seemed to have found a new way from converting from 12 yards.
Once everything was slowed down, the resulting images showed Ronaldo’s standing foot had disturbed the turf underneath the ball, lifting it into the air, and thus, Real’s No.7 effectively volleyed past the PSG ‘keeper.
With everything having happened so fast, referee Gianluca Rocchi was none the wiser, and former official Graham Poll understandably sympathises with his colleague, feeling if the Italian had spotted the movement of the ball it would have been ruled out.
“You cannot blame the officials for missing it, as it would have been almost impossible to spot in real time,” he told the Daily Mail.
“But with the benefit of slow-motion replays, we can see that the ball bobbled up as Ronaldo planted his left foot before slamming it home with his right.”
But then another, even stranger, question emerged, augmented by a remark from one of Ronaldo’s former teammates in the post-match analysis: did he mean it?
Just when you thought you’d seen everything from the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, who enjoyed six illustrious years with Ronaldo at Manchester United, said this: “He used to do that in training, you know.
“I swear to ya. Crazy. He used to do it.”
Did he mean it? 🤔
Rio claims he’s seen Ronaldo practise that penalty technique before… pic.twitter.com/GRkaztiBsV
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 14, 2018
“He used to mess about in training and do it but to do it in a game. I’m not saying he means it but he used to do it, I swear to you. Crazy, but he used to do it.”
I think the @btsportfootball pundits need to read some autobiographies on players who played with Ronaldo. Would spend hours in training stamping the ground to pop the ball up slightly to get the volley effect Rooney said it also
— Neil Robertson (@nr147) February 14, 2018
Ferdinand apparently isn’t alone in possessing this knowledge. Many of his former United teammates including Wayne Rooney, are said to have in the past spoken of Ronaldo’s endless hours practicing this ingenious (albeit illegal) technique.
And given Ronaldo’s status, while being a role model for millions of children who mimic his every actions, expect this new ‘skill’ being tried and tested across the globe.
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