Early Doors

Ronaldo’s Beyonce-inspired celebration goes crazy across the web

Early Doors

Cristiano Ronaldo chose to celebrate his record 15th goal in the Champions League this season in rather eye-catching style against Bayern Munich last night.

After putting Real Madrid 3-0 in front at the Allianz Arena, setting them on course for the final in Lisbon, Ronaldo had a rather novel way to demonstrate to the millions watching on TV that he had made history by surpassing the mark set by Jose Altafini and his great rival Lionel Messi.


Hang on a second. Actually it wasn't novel at all. As you can see from the hilarious Vine doing the rounds, Ronaldo clearly ripped off Beyonce's moves from her legendary 'Single Ladies' video.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Queen Bey should be pleased Ronaldo saw fit to draw inspiration from what Kanye West memorably described as "one of the best videos of all time".

Cristiano Ronaldo is ... Sasha Fierce. Apparently.

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Still, you can't blame the Real Madrid star for wanting to celebrate in style, since the record he eclipsed was once regarded as one of football's toughest records.

To score so many goals in a single Champions League (or European Cup) season is an astonishing feat. And with the final in Lisbon to come next month, there's every chance he could add to his tally of 16 to set a record that may never be beaten.

To really cement his place as the best of all time in Europe's premier competition, however, Ronaldo still needs a two goals in the final.

Why? Well, right now the Portuguese has 16 goals in 10 Champions League matches this season, an average of 1.6 per game.

That means his goals-per-game ratio is definitely going to be better than that of Messi, who scored his 14 goals in 11 appearances for Barcelona in the 2011-12 Champions League - a mere 1.27 per game.

But the previous record holder, Jose 'Mazzola' Altafini of AC Milan, fired his 14 goals in the 1962-63 European Cup in a mere nine matches. That's a devastating 1.55 goals per game.

One goal in the final would leave Ronaldo on an agonising average of 1.54 goals per game; two would put him clear of Altafini on 1.64 goals per match.

Even if Ronaldo falls short, however, he'll still be able to have a fair moral claim on the best ever season in Europe's premier competition.

That's because an incredible eight of Altafini's 14 goals in that campaign came in just two matches: five in the 8-0 first round, first leg match against Union Luxembourg; and a hat-trick in the second leg against the same opponents as Milan ran out 14-0 aggregate winners!

Just imagine how many Ronaldo might have scored if Luxembourg's champions still had direct entry to the start of the tournament as they did back in the 1960s...

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