Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the worst players on the pitch before scoring a Juventus stunner, but he still lost to his former club Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Manchester United

  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored an incredible second half goal for Juventus, against his former club Manchester United on Wednesday.
  • The goal was so good it was worthy of winning any game, but United had different plans and engineered a thrilling comeback in the final five minutes.
  • Juan Mata equalised with an excellent free kick in the 86th minute, four minutes before an own goal gave United the lead and the victory.
  • Watch some of the goals below.
  • Read all of Business Insider’s coverage for the 2018-2019 soccer season right here.

Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the worst players on the pitch before he unleashed a stunning volley, scoring for Juventus FC against his former club Manchester United.

The center back Leonardo Bonucci supplied Ronaldo with a beautiful pass over the top of the United defense, which Ronaldo ran into and hit first time with customary aplomb in the 65th minute of Wednesday’s match.

It was a shot as instinctive as it was technically-exquisite, and it lit up the Juventus Stadium and looked like setting the home team on its way for a UEFA Champions League victory against its English opponent.

Watch Ronaldo’s goal right here:

Or watch here if you are in the UK:

So good was the goal that it elevated Ronaldo’s individual match rating on soccer statistics website Whoscored.com to 7.62, having previously ranked him as one of the worst players on the pitch.

With the goal, it was like Ronaldo finally had the headline he craved — helping his new team to beat his old one. A headline he tried so hard to write two weeks ago, when he failed to make the club’s trip to Old Trafford “The Cristiano Show” and was ultimately upstaged by his 21-year-old teammate Rodrigo Bentancur.

Watch Juan Mata free kick

But José Mourinho’s United, so inconsistent and underwhelming in the Premier League, ripped up the form book, ripped up the script, and spoiled Ronaldo’s night.

This is because United scored two goals in the final four minutes of normal time. The first, a Juan Mata free-kick, completely bamboozled Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny — a dead ball so beautifully-hit that even Ronaldo would have enjoyed it, had it been struck from his boot, rather than the Spaniard’s.

Here’s Mata’s free kick:

But United had more in the tank after that 86th minute equaliser, as an own goal gave Mourinho’s team a 2-1 victory, one that had seemed so unlikely earlier in the game.

“What a nice last five minutes!” Mata said on the BT Sport broadcast after the game.

Victory was perhaps savored most by Mourinho himself, who walked onto the Juventus pitch after the final whistle and taunted the fans by putting his hands up to his ears. The gesture attracted the wrath of Bonucci, and other Juventus players.

Watch the United manager’s reaction below:

“Beautiful Italians insulted me for 90 minutes and then I didn’t insult them, I just made a little thing,” Mourinho told the live BT Sport broadcast.

“I respect Juventus, their players, their manager, everything, the quality they have. I’m really proud of my boys because their performance was really good.”

SEE ALSO: Ronaldo tried to make the Manchester United match ‘The Cristiano Show,’ but was ultimately upstaged by an unheralded 21-year-old

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Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the worst players on the pitch before scoring a Juventus stunner, but he still lost to his former club Manchester United