Zinedine Zidane’s reaction, Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli’s shows of retirement to fate and a section of Juventus’ fans appreciation of absolute class will hardly be enough to decimate the effects of the highlight of the night- Ronaldo’s beautiful bicycle kick.
The Portuguese forward scored his 14th goal of the season in the UCL and 119th overall in a very grand way. If Mozart lived in Rinaldo’s generation, he’d have loved the honourable assignment of catching Rinaldo’s flight in the air as he scored what will stand as one of the finest of his career and a leading contender for the champions league’s goal of the season.
An early Ronaldo finish had pegged the Juve team back as Real Madrid continued to hang on them like an albatross. The Old Ladies soon woke to life but never did enough to break down a defiant Los Blancos defence that are now accustomed to the Champions League than any other competition they feature in.
Paulo Dybala, the best player on the night for the Turin giants gave his all till he picked up his marching orders in a game that never looked like Juve’s. Douglas Costa proved to be a problem on occasions but was too expressive to help the team create an opening in a highly organised Madrid defence.
Left back, Marcelo scored the third goal for Marcelo courtesy of a Ronaldo assist to take the game beyond Juve and most possibly, the campaign.
On a night that left Juventus with nothing to savour from their end, they can always look back to Ronaldo’s absolute stunner as probably the best goal that has have gone past the Juve defence.