Cristiano Ronaldo Rolled Back The Years With Brilliant Run Against Roma
Over the years Cristiano Ronaldo has transformed from explose winger to relentless goal scorer and become one of the best players ever but on Sunday he proved he can still take on a player or four.
When Manchester United played a pre season friendly against Sporting they were so impressed by the young winger, who kept troubling their defence, that it led to several senior members of the team telling Sir Alex Ferguson they needed to sign 'this Ronaldo kid.'
Anyone who saw his debut for United against Bolton Wanderers will have instantly seen why Ferguson and United decided to spend £12 million on a relatively unknown player.
Obviously what came next was six seasons at United where he went from dangerous, tricky and pacey winger to destructive goal scorer of the highest order.
By the time he moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 many of the searing runs with the ball had been swapped for one of the most clinical strikers of the ball in Europe.
He has only continued to improve in terms of his deadly finishing in the intervening years, becoming Real's top scorer of all time, but on Sunday he showed that the winger inside him still lives on.
Playing against Roma, for Juventus, the 34 year old proved taking players on is still in his skillset. He beat four Giallorossi players before passing to Paulo Dybala:
Ronaldo lied because just last week he told El Pais he doesn't dribble anymore, saying, "Those moments when I went to the field thinking, 'I'm going to dribble," if I'm honest, I don't have those moments anymore."
Unfortunately for Dybala, Juventus, and everyone who loves a beautiful goal, the Argentina forward couldn't convert, rather summing up his season of scoring just five goals in Serie A.
The miss contributed to the Old Lady's 2-0 loss away in the Italian capital as Roma continued the pressure to finish in the top four.
It didn't matter too much to Juve as they had already wrapped up their eighth title in a row after beating Fiorentina last month.
Ronaldo has personally had an up and down season. He won a league title in a third country and has scored 21 goals in the league, but he couldn't help Juventus win a first Champions League title since 1996.
Perhaps a little of his old self would have helped, then again he can't score many more goals than he already does.