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Top 5 performances by Cristiano Ronaldo that bailed his team out of pressure games

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Is Cristiano Ronaldo the greatest clutch player in football history?
Is Cristiano Ronaldo the greatest clutch player in football history?

Like most sports and life, things can change in the blink of an eye in football. Football is filled with games going down till the last minute as the audience can't keep their eyes off the game.

The unpredictability adds to the essence of the beautiful game which results in matches going either way till the very end.

Great players usually have the knack or presence to change the game in a matter of seconds. It takes huge composure, calmness and mettle to determine the game- it can be a defence-splitting pass or a shot from nowhere or even a tremendous block or a save. What makes a player truly great is their ability to change the tie when their team needs them the most.

And when we talk about all-time greats of football, it would be a crime to ignore Cristiano Ronaldo.

He has almost made it a routine with his great performances for more than over a decade. Cristiano's impact for his team cannot be measured through mere numbers- no matter how godly they are.

Over the years, Ronaldo always answered the call for help just when his team needed him the most.

It was as if the greatest moments of his career were waiting for him.

Here is a look at the top 5 performances by Ronaldo throughout his glorious career that helped his team come out with a victory in pressure situations.

#5 Real Madrid vs Barcelona (Copa del Rey Final, 2010/11)

Real Madrid v Barcelona - Copa del Rey Final
Real Madrid v Barcelona - Copa del Rey Final

After his world record move from Manchester United to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo struggled to win any silverware initially.

During his initial years, Real Madrid struggled to match with arguably the greatest team of Barcelona, led by Pep Guardiola.

His initial success with Real Madrid and first silverware came late than people expected. The stage was set for Ronaldo to prove his worth and deliver against Real Madrid's eternal rivals at the Copa del Rey Final.

Ronaldo took up the opportunity in a defining moment of his career with a smashing header in the extra time.

The 'El Clasico' used to be a bit different eight years ago. Real Madrid had to rely on counter attacks to get a breakthrough and they just did that.

With the score tied 0-0 at extra time, Angel Di Maria took a superb run down the left flank after a one two with Marcelo and provided a great cross in the box where Cristiano was waiting for it.

The bullet header was precise and unstoppable as Barcelona keeper Pinto watched helplessly.

The win was not at all easy but despite being the sole scorer, Ronaldo was amazing throughout the game.

He also helped out in defence in need.

His passing, shooting and dribbling creating troubles for Barcelona. It was a perfect end to define his first big moment with Real Madrid.

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