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Eight bicycle kicks of the same calibre as Ronaldo's

Pin Ronaldo scored a jaw-dropping overhead kick against Juventus. AFP
Ronaldo scored a jaw-dropping overhead kick against Juventus. AFP

Eight bicycle kicks of the same calibre as Ronaldo's

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning acrobatic goal against Juventus left many in the Allianz Stadium speechless. We take a look back at eight other outrageous overhead kicks that equal, or even exceed, the quality displayed by Real Madrid's legendary No. 7.

Wayne Rooney v Manchester City - 2012

Propelling himself through the air, the Englishman's effort left goalkeeper Joe Hart planted in awe on his line. Now a historic Manchester derby moment, Rooney himself dubbed this bicycle kick 'the most important goal I've ever scored.' The only aesthetical drawback of this finish is that the United man actually made the connection with his shin. He won't care though... They all count the same. 

 

Zlatan Ibrahimoic v England - 2012

The grand finale of an Ibracadabra masterclass, Zlatan had already scored a hat-trick before pulling this exquisite 30 yard overhead kick out of his hat. Perhaps one of the most audacious efforts ever attempted in 'the beautiful game,' it paid off for the Swedish striker who single-handedly silenced the Three Lions.

Philippe Mexes v Anderlecht - 2012

Mexes will go down in history as the centre-back who only scored beautiful goals. The Frenchman's most prized finish, however, has got to be this dipping acrobatic effort against Anderlecht under the floodlights of the Champions League. Controlling the ball on his chest, Mexes takes it out of the box only to send it hurling back over the keepers head. Pure class. 

Graziano Pelle v QPR - 2015

The big Italian has never been known for his agility, but with this finish, he proved he's capable of executing the stunning gymnastics stunts of the world's best. Taking one touch to tee himself up, Pelle catapulted his legs over his head to loop the ball inside the far post, sending St. Mary's into a frenzy. 

Marco Van Basten v FC Den Bosch - 1986

Scorer of 'that' goal against the USSR in the 1988 Euro final, Marco Van Basten was one of the most technical players to ever grace a football pitch. Here, we see him in his Ajax days. As the ball is clipped in from the right, the Flying Dutchman times his bicycle kick to perfection, sending a postage stamp finish sailing into the top corner. 

Mario Mandzukic v Real Madrid - 2017

There's no bigger stage in club football than the Champions League final, and the Croat made sure to put on a show. After a tense start to the encounter with Real Madrid, Mandzukic came up with a moment of sheer brilliance. From Alex Sandro, to Gonzalo Higuain, to the No. 17, the ball didn't touch the floor until it rattled down the back of the net. 

Trevor Sinclair v Barnsley - 1997

Sinclair made Loftus Road roar with one of the best FA Cup goals of all time. It's rare you see someone connect with the ball as sweetly as the QPR man did, and even rarer that it rockets straight into the net. On the edge of the box, Sinclair whipped a venemous bicycle kick goalwards. The rest is history...

Oscar Masuluke v Orlando Pirates - 2016

Shortlisted for a FIFA Puskas Award, Oscar Masuluke wasn't a household name before this wonder goal. Admittedly, he's not a household name now, but after netting an injury-time equaliser, the goalkeeper (yes goalkeeper) sent waves through the footballing world. 

Thomas Davidson

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