Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon is one of, if not the best goalkeepers to ever play the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players to strike a ball.
On Tuesday, the latter outdid the former.
With Real Madrid leading Juventus 1-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, the Turin crowd got an amazing save from Buffon to preserve it.
That good feeling lasted a whopping five seconds, as Ronaldo scored one of the best goals of his outstanding career with a bicycle kick across goal that left the Italian legend caked in cement.
Here’s what Buffon had to say after the match, from Football Italia.
“We saw what Ronaldo is and always has been, a player of an extraordinary level that along with Leo Messi is achieving the biggest heights,” Buffon told Mediaset Premium.
“This means their value is to be compared to Maradona and Pele for the way they ultimately are able to decide the matches and trophies won by their teams. … I feel great regret and disappointment, because we probably won’t be able to go forward in the tournament and that is a regret, a big regret, but it’s also true that when you meet certain opponents, you must have a clear enough head to recognize they are objectively stronger.”
The goal was on the tip of everyone’s tongues and keyboards, and here’s a sampling of Twitter’s reaction to Ronaldo’s scintillating finish.