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The Art of the Ronaldo Overhead

He's one of the greatest players ever — and maybe the most aerodynamic.

Cristiano Ronaldo specializes in the jaw-dropping. Striking howitzers from distance, pinpoint headers, and ankle-breaking dribbling are all par for the course. But, when it comes to his flare for the dramatic, nothing beats a good old gravity-defying bicycle kick. As the Portuguese superstar gears up for the 2018 World Cup, here's a look back at some of his all-time most stunning overhead assaults.

MAGNUS OPUS ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images MAGNUS OPUS Perhaps his greatest overhead masterpiece was this spectacular strike in the 2018 Champions League quarter-final against Juventus. EARLY START Denis Doyle/Getty Images EARLY START Great anticipation was key for this high ball against Villarreal in 2016. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Even the greatest player in the world needs to work at it. IT WORKS BOTH WAYS Adam Davy - EMPICS IT WORKS BOTH WAYS Ronaldo has been known to employ the move on defensive clearances as well. A LEG UP DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images A LEG UP The airspace was clear for this aerodynamic shot on goal against FC Granada in 2014. LOW AND STEADY NurPhoto via Getty Images LOW AND STEADY Ronaldo stays focused as he goes to ground in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Hungary. MAJESTIC MISS David Ramos/Getty Images MAJESTIC MISS Even failure can look phenomenal. SHUDDER SPEED Shaun Botterill/Getty Images SHUDDER SPEED This Czech Republic defender wants nothing to do with this one. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Ronaldo's son, Cristiano Jr. shows that the acrobatics run in the family.



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