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It's exactly 25 years to the day that the original Ronaldo scored what is widely considered to be his greatest ever goal.
'O Fenomeno' has quite the repertoire of wonder-goals in his glittering career, whether it be for Cruzeiro, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Corinthians or the Brazilian national team.
At club level, the two-time Ballon d'Or winner, scored 352 goals, as well as bagging 62 in 98 for the Selecao.
But when you are talking about the best goal 'R9' has ever scored, the sublime solo effort against Compostela in 1996 is at the very top of the list.
In a 5-1 win, the Brazilian scored twice and his first strike was utterly sublime. You can see the goal below.
25 years ago today, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima scored one of the greatest goals of all time.- MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) October 11, 2021
A goal so good that Bobby Robson simply could not believe what he'd just seen.pic.twitter.com/PZAx5dHTR6
Receiving the ball in his own half, the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year slalomed his way to goal, displaying innate pace and power, balance and sheer skill. And he had the cool finish to top it all of.
What's perhaps most impressive about the goal is that several defenders do their very best to foul him; pulling on his shirt and wildly attempting to hack him down.
But Ronaldo was having absolutely none of it and his persistence ultimately paid of.
The goal is incredibly iconic, as is the commentary, but what really makes the moment is the priceless reaction from Ronaldo's manager on the touchline, the late Sir Bobby Robson.
In total disbelief over what his star striker had just served up, Robson stood there in awe for a good few seconds before putting his hands in his pocket.
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