Juventus were not at their best in the Champions League but, once again, that man Cristiano Ronaldo came to their rescue.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward took his tally to 125 goals in 161 appearances in the competition with a superb diving header in Amsterdam. He is now 17 goals ahead of his nearest rival Lionel Messi.
Cristiano has also scored far more than some legends of the game, including Raul, Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko. Also, the fact that he has more than twice as many career Champions League knockout stage goals (64) than Ajax does as a club (31) is just mind blowing, to be honest. Messi is the second in the knockout stage ranking with 42 goals, and Müller is in third position (21).
But in terms of key goals, Ronaldo has scored a truly ridiculous amount in the latter stages of the competition. He has 41 goals in Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, blowing his fellow players out of the water by a country mile.
A special player
Ronaldo, 34, made his Champions League debut in 2003 for United, but didn’t find the net in the competition until 10 April 2007, when he scored twice in a 7-1 thrashing of Roma.
Twelve years to the day later he became the first man to reach the 125 mark with his brilliant header against Ajax.
“Ronaldo showed that he is on a different level. His timing and movement is different to everyone else’s – there’s nothing you can do about it”, Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri told Sky Sport Italia. “He is a player who just has a different technique than the others”.