Ronaldo's Shot May Rob Buffon of Last Chance to Win Champions League

Ronaldo brilliance puts Madrid in charge against Juventus

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor broke the deadlock within three minutes before producing a moment of magic just past the hour-mark when he sent a bicycle kick beyond a helpless Gianluigi Buffon in Turin.

"It was one of the most lovely moments of this night, a stadium here in Juve where great players have played, applauding is a top moment", Ronaldo said. You need technique to get up and hit it - but you need to be able to land properly as well. "This has never happened in my career so far but I'm so happy".

Real Madrid welcomes Juventus to Santiago Bernabeu in a fortnight for the return leg of the Champions League- quarter final.

"We have done very well today and we can be happy with ourselves".

"Roma v Barca? We're talking about two extraordinary teams, with players who are used to playing in these games".

He finished his career with 71 Champions League goals and the gap between him and the chasing pack appeared significant.

Cristiano Ronaldo was described as a different species and even earned praise from basketball great LeBron James after his jaw-dropping bicycle kick in Real Madrid's 3-0 win at Juventus which likely sealed their place in the Champions League semi-finals.

In Turin, Juventus was out for revenge after losing the final 4-1 to Madrid a year ago.

Real, though, nearly doubled their lead in the 35th minute when a 20-yard effort from German midfielder Toni Kroos crashed against the crossbar with Buffon beaten.

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But the tough tackling centre back hasn't just set admonishment records for his club. Ronaldo had scored the first goal within the opening 3 minutes of the match and with the bicycle kick scored the second.

Paulo Dybala was sent off for a second yellow card just minutes later for a kick on Dani Carvajal, as he turned around, unaware of the right-back's presence and collided with him in an attempt to control the ball.

Ronaldo, who is the only player alongside the Argentine to score in at least three European Cup finals, took another step to joining him on the throne with his phenomenal goal. "Well, of course I'm proud", Ronaldo said, adding: "I didn't know until you told me".

Juventus enjoyed some good spells, in which they put us under the cosh, but we held firm.

Ronaldo scored twice against Juventus, but he missed a pair of late chances. We scored three goals against Juve, a great team.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted he was amazed by his ability to change his style of play in his thirties to adapt to losing some of his once-searing pace.

"It was spectacular. I jumped very high and it's a goal that will live long in the memory".

The five-time world footballer of the year has now scored in his last six matches against veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, netting nine in total. "It's a pity that he did it to us", lamented defender Andrea Barzagli.

Notwithstanding the collective performance of Real Madrid, it is Ronaldo's goal that remained the highlight of the match. "Keeps on upping the ante - relentless".

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