Cristiano Ronaldo admits overhead kick ovation helped bring him to Juventus

The former Real Madrid star earned plaudits from the home fans after scoring a stunning goal for the away side in Europe last season.   Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that the reception Juventus fans gave him after his remarkable overhead kick goal against them last year helped sway him to join the Serie A side. 

The former Real Madrid forward netted an incredible goal in last season's Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin.

The strike was so impressive that even the home Juventus supporters stood up and applauded the Portugal star's effort. 

Buffon compares Ronaldo to Pele and Maradona

Gianluigi Buffon compared Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to Pele and Diego Maradona following the Real Madrid star's wonder goal against Juventus.

Ronaldo scored a stunning overhead kick in Real Madrid's 3-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Juventus in Turin, having earlier broken the deadlock with a precise close-range finish.

The Portugal forward's second goal earned an ovation from the home fans at the Allianz Stadium and gave Madrid a crucial advantage in the tie, before Marcelo added a third after Paulo Dybala was sent off for the Italians.

Buffon could only express his admiration for Ronaldo and Barcelona star Messi in the wake of the dispiriting defeat.

"We saw what Ronaldo has always been: a player of an extraordinary level, who is achieving the highest things, along with Lionel Messi," Buffon told Mediaset Premium.

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