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Ugandan Defender Beats Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record Jump To Score Header

Ugandan Defender Beats Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record Jump To Score Header

Juventus superstar's incredible leap against Sampdoria has sensationally been beaten...

Alex Reid

Alex Reid

Motherwell's Ugandan international defender Bevis Mugabi officially out-jumped Cristiano Ronaldo's record leap when he scored a towering header against Ross County.

Juventus ace Ronaldo's gravity-defying header against Sampdoria in 2019 is one of his most famous athletic feats, as he soared 8ft 5in (or 256cm) into the air to nod home. It's an iconic moment in a career full of them.

But the 25-year-old Mugabi has beaten Ronaldo's world record by an inch, as he raced on to a corner and rose to a stunning 8ft 6in to head the ball into the back of the net.

The former Yeovil Town centre-back even teased the Portuguese superstar in his post-match interview, as the English-born Uganda international claimed CR7 needs to improve.

"He's a very competitive guy so I might need to drop him a DM and say, 'Bro you need to up your game'," Mugabi joked, per The Sun, after his incredible header sealed a 2-1 win for Motherwell.

"I'm not really a social media person but my phone has been blowing up and going non-stop since Wednesday - it's been a bit scary!"

Both goals resulted in 2-1 wins and three points for their respective teams in Serie A and the Scottish Premiership. Asked if the 35-year-old Ronaldo should be watching him for tips, Mugabi replied: "He better be!

"It's also nice to get compared to one of the greatest of all-time and being able to jump as high as him is mad.

"It's a nice thing to have but I was more happy with the result than the goal. I've always had a good leap but nobody's had the chance to see it.

"I work on it in the gym by doing box jumps and I'm always trying to add to my game.

"I always try to enter every game being as fit as possible - sprinting the fastest, jumping the highest or recovery runs.

"I'll try on the end of more crosses. I can't guarantee that I'll be jumping as high as Ronaldo again though."

Ronaldo is famous for accepting and ultimately overcoming every challenge that comes his way. So expect to see Cristiano fly even higher in 2021, then rip off his Juve shirt to reveal a message to Bevis written across his abs. Possibly.

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Topics: Football News, Football, Goals, Cristiano Ronaldo