5 most important goals in Cristiano Ronaldo's career
729 career apps, 531 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo has hardly found it tough to find the back of the net throughout his career. However, a key feature of his game is that he has been able to score crucial goals in important matches, goals that have helped his team win trophies. Therefore, there are plenty of goals to choose from when it comes to Ronaldo’s most important goals throughout his career.
Here are the five most important goals:
#5 Vs Wales, Euro 2016 semi-final
Although Ronaldo played only a few minutes of the Euro 2016 final due to injury, that did not mean he didn’t play an important part in winning his first trophy with his country last year.
In the group stages, Portugal struggled, but Ronaldo scored two in three games, as they scraped through to the last 16. He was unable to score in either the last 16 or the quarter-final, but in the semi-final, he came up with the all-important goal to essentially knock out Wales, who were at that point the most confident team in the whole tournament, having overachieved.
The first half of the game was tight and goalless, with neither team having any clear-cut chances. But, Ronaldo brought the game to life, powering in a header after the ball was crossed in from the left-hand side.
The Welsh defence were handling him well right up until that moment, showing that he needs just one opportunity and he will grab it with both hands.
He would then go on to set up Portugal’s second, as Nani deflected in his shot on goal. His goal was so crucial, as it meant Wales had to then come out of their defensive block, and led to Portugal scoring again so easily. Most importantly, it led to his nation winning the European Championships.