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Cristiano leads the Champions League quarter final XI

Cristiano leads the Champions League quarter final XI

Cristiano Ronaldo says his ovation from Juve fans was a "beautiful".

Ed: I've always said Ronaldo's the best ever.

He scored 32 European goals between 1999/00 - 2002/03 and in my young and impressionable state, I could not imagine another punctuating ITV's coverage with as many goals as Raul. I think the game was fantastic, we scored three goals against Juve - a great team. It just came to me to give it a go, you always have to try it.

Some awful defending from Juventus early gave Isco the space on the left flank to supply Ronaldo for the opener, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon helpless to stop the Portuguese's expert flick. But suddenly the 41,507 inside the Allianz Stadium were rising to their feet as one.

"One of the most lovely goals in the history of football", said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. To receive applause from a stadium like this, which has been graced by great players, is a unique experience.

Such was the brilliance of the strike that Juventus fans stood up to applaud the goal that probably ended their hopes of going through.

Talk of Ronaldo so often centers on the numbers that define his career.

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And Marcelo effectively booked Real's place in the last four when he played a one-two with Ronaldo before scoring from close range. "It's a pity that he did it to us", lamented defender Andrea Barzagli.

"The whole team great but of course people are now talking about my second goal - it was indeed a spectacular goal". We have to keep enjoying his football, his goals, his hard work and leadership in the dressing room.

There was even recognition from a giant of a different sport as three-time National Basketball Association champion James joined in the praise, telling Ronaldo in a post on Instagram: "that's not even fair". But not him. As this morning's handsome AS front page declares, the Real Madrid ace clearly comes from some other, unknown planet where the word "impossible" must not exist.

Ronaldo is a champion at an extraordinary level. "He has done everything here". Dani Carvajal lifted a cross to the Portuguese, who soared in the air and sent a flying acrobatic kick past Gianluigi Buffon, who had no chance.

"He knows how to time his form, usually when Real are looking to win something, like the Champions League".

Galatasaray v Real Madrid - Champions League group stage, September 17, 2013: A hat-trick goal to remember for Ronaldo as Carlo Ancelotti's side ran riot in Istanbul, eventually running out 6-1 winners.

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