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Ronaldo beats Bale to Champions League Goal of the Season



Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus in this season’s Champions League quarter-finals has been voted Goal of the Season.

UEFA’s technical observers said the goal was better than Gareth Bale’s acrobatic effort against Liverpool in the final.

The task of deciding which of the two goals was better went to UEFA’s team of technical observers, who compiled their best 10 goals of the 2017-18 Champions League season.

They decided on Ronaldo’s effort as No. 1, saying it was “an extraordinary display of technique and athleticism.”

Bale’s strike came second on the list and was described as “the crucial goal to make it 2-1 in the final, another brilliant acrobatic finish.”

Both Ronaldo and Bale have a second goal on the list, with Bale’s side-footed volley in September’s group stage win at Borussia Dortmund rated No. 6 and Ronaldo’s long-ranger in December’s return meeting with Dortmund in at No. 10.

Juventus striker, Gonzalo Higuain’s clever strike in the round of 16 second leg against Tottenham was rated the third best goal of the season, while another bicycle kick from Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann against Roma in the group stages was chosen as No. 4.

Also on the list were Roma’s Edin Dzeko’s volley against Chelsea [No. 5], Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred’s free kick against Roma [No. 7], Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne’s belter versus Shakhtar [No. 8] and Lorenzo Insigne’s long-ranger also against Shakhtar [No. 9].

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