Rio Ferdinand claims Cristiano Ronaldo deliberately caused the ball to bounce before his 45th-minute penalty against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday night.
There is more than meets the eye, however, and several eagle-eyed fans spotted the Portuguese forward plant his left foot next to the ball with such force that the ball seemed to rise up from the ground allowing him to dispatch a volley with his right.
It is an extraordinary technique that Manchester United legend and pundit Rio Ferdinand says Ronaldo used to practice in training at Carrington training ground.
“I swear to ya. Crazy. He used to do it.”
Did he mean it? 樂
Rio claims he’s seen Ronaldo practise that penalty technique before… pic.twitter.com/GRkaztiBsV
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Talking after the game on BT Sport Gary Lineker said ‘If he means that it is definitely special.’ To which Rio Ferdinand replied:
Gary Lineker, like many football fans around the globe, was in disbelief but regardless of Ronaldo’s intention, the 33-year old forward’s esteemed career has reached indisputable new heights as he became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals for a single club