The Original Ronaldo - Top 10 Goals

In the twilight of his playing days, Ronaldo seemed to be scoring more pies than goals, but there is no doubt that his retirement from the game brings an end to the career of one of football's most prolific strikers.

One of the truly great No 9's has had many highlights, including claiming the World Player of the Year thrice, and winning the World Cup twice, where he remains the tournament’s highest ever goal scorer with 15 spread across three tournaments.

His career had plenty of goals but here are the favorite 10 goals;

CRUZEIRO versus Boca Juniors (6/4/1994)
It didn't take long for the mercurial talents of Ronaldo to shine through in his homeland. In fact he played just a handful of games for Cruzeiro before Europe's top clubs started to take an interest. This goal - one replicated against Valencia some years later (see below) - now doubt caught the eye.

PSV versus Vitesse Arnhem (11/2/1995)
Pace and power, a lethal combination. Ronaldo, of course, had both in abundance, but he also boasted tricky feet capable of the cutest of flicks, as this goal against Vitess Arnham shows.

Compostela versus BARCELONA (12/10/1996)
Many players would go over at the earliest opportunity after the challenge from the first defender, not Ronaldo. A sudden burst of pace takes him past three players before having the cheek to beat two of them again on his way to slotting into the bottom corner.

BARCELONA versus Valencia (26/10/1996)
Just days later the Brazilian was at it again, underlining his huge potential with a stunning hat-trick. It’s his third goal, featured above, that topped the lot, and judging by the Los Che defence they had given up trying to defend the striker with conventional tactics, but discovered not even their chicane/wall could stop him.

Real Betis versus BARCELONA (19/1/1997)
In possession and travelling at a right angle to goal 30 yards out, there looks to be no danger. Yet in the space of a couple of seconds the ball is in the back of the net after one touch to earn a yard and another to slam a shot across goal into the top corner.

Lazio versus INTER MILAN (6/5/1998)
With the World Cup in France around the corner, Ronaldo warmed up in superb style by winning the UEFA Cup. This goal in the final showed perfect timing to beat the offside trap before his quick feet floored the keeper leaving him to end a composed run with a cool finish.

Manchester United versus REAL MADRID (23/4/2003)
More hat-trick heroics from the Brazilian and such was his performance in this Champions League tie, even the Old Trafford crowd applauded him off when he was substituted. His third is the pick of the bunch, with defenders backing off allowing him to crash home a 25-yard effort.

REAL MADRID versus Marseille (16/9/2003)
With David Beckham arriving the previous summer, the Galacticos era was in full flow at Madrid. Here Zinedine Zidane appears to sell a rare pass short to Ronaldo but despite defenders closing in, and the fact he was on his his weaker foot, the striker has no trouble in finding the power and the accuracy from considerable distance.

REAL MADRID versus Real Mallorca (2/10/2005)
Out on the wing there looks to be no danger, but after cutting inside he hits a low shot 25 yards out that is inch perfect into the bottom corner. Notice too how he even manages to nut-meg a player on its way through. Not too sure about the celebration though.

Japan versus BRAZIL (22/6/2006)
Not as sparkling as he was four years earlier in the World Cup but in Germany there was some bright moments in what was otherwise a poor tournament for Brazil. Here he shows that although his pace was questionable, his awareness of what is around him was anything but.

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