Rio Ferdinand took us on a journey back to 2009 during BT Sport’s coverage of Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League action.
The panel hosted by Gark Lineker were discussing Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals by the year — for club and country — when Ferdinand took the mic to reminisce over the former Manchester United forward’s strike against FC Porto in 2009.
Ronaldo’s goal came against his rivals of old Porto and their fans were giving him grief all night. On top of that, Porto were still very much in the tie (2-2 after a tricky first leg at Old Trafford). It was six minutes into the game when Ronaldo picked up the ball 40 yards out and sent a thunderbolt strike past Helton that silenced the Porto fans.
It was an unbelievable goal. One of his best.
Footage below courtesy of BT Sport:
"40 yards out, 64.2 miles an hour!"
"He silenced a lot of people."
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 17, 2021
Ferdinand runs through the goal and recalls thinking that Ronaldo shouldn’t shoot at that moment in time.
Made eat his words.