Cristiano Ronaldo once scored a ‘volleyed’ penalty, which can only be described as magic (or by a scientist, but that’s not as romantic).
In his career, he has scored an incredible 143 goals from the spot, which is a lot, but he has also scored a record-breaking 807 goals.
There’s nothing unusual about scoring or missing a penalty, just ask Jorginho after Italy’s World Cup exit, but in typical Ronaldo fashion, he managed to surprise us.
Back in 2018, the Portuguese superstar, who Wayne Rooney has admitted is ‘f***ing annoying,’ stepped up for a penalty kick in a Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain and dispatched it perfectly.
Alphonse Areola had no chance in the PSG net, which could be attributed to Ronaldo’s one-of-a-kind and quite extraordinary technique.
Ronaldo managed to make the ball bobble in the air just before striking it with venom, and he did it all without touching the ball twice.
No one knew how the hell it all happened at the time, with the pundits in the BT Studio having to sift through the footage just to confirm if he’d touched the ball twice.
Rio Ferdinand, who would cost £132.5 million in today’s transfer market, was on punditry that night, and the center-back claimed that his former Manchester United teammate had done the trick in training previously.
“You know, he used to do that in training.” I’m not saying he did it there, but he used to.
“I swear to you, I swear. Crazy. It was something he used to do.”
Ronaldo converts his penalty kick against PSG. Photographer: PA Images
The penalty was so perplexing that it required an actual scientist to explain what had happened, as Real defeated PSG 3-1 on the night.
INews spoke with John Eric Goff, Professor of Physics at Lynchburg College in the United States, to learn more about Ronaldo’s volley.
Professor Goff began, “Ronaldo’s right boot makes contact with the ball, which is approximately one centimeter off the main part of the pitch (though the ball is still tickled by a blade of grass).”
“My height estimate is based on a ball with a diameter of about 22 centimeters.
“The ball is not touched by Ronaldo’s left boot. When he kicks the ball, he appears to be about 13 centimeters away from it.
The ball bounces up as Ronaldo prepares to strike it.
“This ‘black magic’ appears to be the result of his left boot’s contact force initiating a pressure wave in the turf, which then transferred some of its energy to the ball. If the turf crumples slightly beneath the ball, the ball may move upward.
“Was the ball dropped in an unlucky spot on the field? Sure! Was anyone aware of this ahead of time? I’m not sure.
“Was Ronaldo hoping to get the ball to pop up slightly? I’m not sure.”
Rio claimed he did it on purpose, but we’ve never seen him do it since. It’s been four years, Ronaldo, get a move on!