5 times Cristiano Ronaldo made even his Haters love him

The former Real Madrid star Ronaldo is seen by many as an arrogant, self-important prima Donna but there are moments when even his haters loved and admired him.

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  1. 1 Ronaldo suffered a gruesome eye injury, scored a goal minutes later

    Say hello to Cristiano Ronaldo: The Warrior. The Real Madrid superstar added to his legend by suffering a gruesome eye injury, shaking it off and scoring a goal minutes later. The action happened in the first half of Real Madrid’s La Liga game against Levante. Ronaldo was elbowed by David Navarro as the veteran Levante defender jumped to challenge for a ball in the air. Ronaldo stayed on his feet as Navarro took flight, leaving his face in the line of fire. Navarro’s elbow caught Ronaldo above his left eye, opening up a large cut on the Portuguese attacker’s face. Blood was gushing from the wound, and the 27-year-old required treatment from his club’s cut-person. Ronaldo returned to the game after the medical staff cleaned him up, and did what he does better than anyone (not named Lionel Messi). In the 21st minute, he scored the game’s first goal by pouncing on a loose ball in the area and hammering it home from close range. His eye was nearly swollen shut, and he had a large bandage above it, but that didn’t matter

  2. 2 Ronaldo doesn't celebrate after scoring against former teams

    The Portuguese superstar is known for his trademark celebration, for when the Juventus forward scores a goal, fans in the stadium and those watching the match at home join him in the celebration by cheering “siuuuu” as Ronaldo leaps in the air and celebrates the goal. 

    While he loves to score goals against all the teams he faces, he has never celebrated scoring a goal against his former clubs. It’s a common gesture amongst the football players as it shows respect towards the club and its fans.

  3. 3 Even Juventus fans applaud Ronaldo's amazing bicycle kick goal against them

    The latest example of fans “putting aside their tribal differences” and “uniting in appreciation of a special talent” (both good, solid clichés straight out of the football lexicon) came when Cristiano Ronaldo produced that sensational bicycle kick to put Real Madrid 2-0 up in Turin in their Champions League quarter-final first leg.

    The goal was stunning, no question; the extraordinary leap and hang-time, as much as the technique involved in the kick itself, a timely reminder of just what an incredible athlete the Portuguese is.

    Real Madrid faced Juventus in their UCL quarterfinal match. Ronaldo again proved to be a big match player by scoring a hat trick against the bianconeri and his second goal was so special, that it was applauded by the Juventus fans as well.

    Many say that was a moment that contributed to Ronaldo transfer to the bianconeri a year later.

  4. 4 Ronaldo had the chance to score his 50th career hattrick and his 300th La Liga goal, but he gave the penalty to Benzema, who has been struggling in front of goal

    Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in the 4-0 win over Alaves to take his overall tally to 28 for the season, but it was something else that he did which got everybody talking.

    The five-time Ballon d'Or winner had the chance to bag his 50th career hat-trick, and what many are saying would have been his 300th career goal, when Real were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute.

    Given he's Real's regular penalty taker, you'd have thought Ronaldo would have been chomping at the bit to score from 12 yards and get the match-ball

    However, he passed up the opportunity and let Karim Benzema take the spot-kick. The Frenchman had been struggling in front of goal lately and missed a sitter earlier in the game, but got on the score sheet thanks to Ronaldo's unselfish act.

    Fans loved the gesture on Ronaldo's part.

  5. 5 Got a horrible knee injury in Euro Final, but Ronaldo still tried to continue playing for his national team

    Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off injured after just 25 minutes of the Euro 2016 final against France.

    Ronaldo was injured in a collision with Dimitri Payet in the ninth minute and suffered a grade 1 anterior cruciate ligament sprain in his left knee.

    The Real Madrid forward went down in pain after an apparent clash of knees and needed treatment, but he initially seemed able to continue.

    Ronaldo played in discomfort before sinking to the ground again in tears in the 17th minute, leaving the pitch for more treatment as the medical staff made one last attempt to revive him. He was off the field for three minutes before jogging back into the action to jeers from the home crowd.

    But Ronaldo's game was finally over in the 25th minute when he again slumped to the ground, and the captain's armband was passed to Nani.

    In a stunning twist of fate, Portugal managed to beat France in the Euro 2016 final, despite Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the match early on, which didn’t stop him from stealing the spotlight anyhow.

    Ronaldo acted like a crazed manager on the sidelines in the extra time and was lucky not getting sent off.

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