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Top 5 best goalkeepers Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten

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Cristiano Ronaldo knows no limits for scoring goals with even some of history’s greatest goalkeepers standing no chance against him.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a beast in the box having mercifully torn apart defenses for over a decade. No defender or goalkeeper has really been able to stop him.

After starting out as a wiry skinny teenage winger for Manchester United, Ronaldo grew into an all-round forward. He became fitter, stronger and changed his game to evolve into the goal machine of today.

His brace against Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman on Saturday meant he has now scored at least one goal against 252 different goalkeepers in all competitions.

So, without further ado, we give you the Top 5 goalkeepers that Ronaldo has beaten over the years.

Thibaut Courtois

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
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The Belgian shot-stopper has really made a name for himself in the last eight years.

From a nobody at Genk in 2011, Courtois is now one of the most renowned goalkeepers in Europe. He has impressed greatly for Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Real Madrid ever since.

But the 29-year-old truly made his mark in the 2018 World Cup by conceding only six goals as Belgium finished third. He saved 76% of shots and duly won the Golden Glove award.

Although Courtois hasn’t come off so well against Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Real Madrid legend tore him apart in their first two meetings by scoring five goals in La Liga.

And while Courtois improved, he’s still conceded another five goals with the penultimate one coming in the 2014 Champions League final.

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David de Gea

Goalkeeper David de Gea
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While his performances haven’t been up to scratch lately, De Gea is still one of Europe’s best when on form.

De Gea has done a decent job since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011. He has improved greatly and once made a stunning 14 saves in a single match.

The Red Devils No.1 also fared alright against new teammate Ronaldo at the beginning until they met in the 2018 World Cup. CR7 scored a hat-trick to not only deny Spain victory against Portugal but ruin De Gea at the same time. He’s never been the same keeper since then.

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Gianluigi Buffon

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Widely respected as one of football’s greatest goalkeepers in history, it seems only right that Buffon made this list.

The 43-year-old remains strong to this day even though his best days are long gone. It’s quite an achievement considering most players retire in their early to mid-thirties. He also holds the proud record of being the first Serie A keeper to save a VAR-awarded penalty.

Although the World Cup winner hasn’t been so lucky when going up against Cristiano Ronaldo in the past.

He’s only kept a clean sheet once in their eight encounters. That came in a 2-1 friendly win for Italy over Portugal in 2004.

And nobody will ever forget that mighty bicycle kick that Ronaldo pulled off against Buffon in the 2018 Champions League quarter-finals.

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Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer, Cristiano Ronaldo
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Neuer may be two inches taller than Cristiano Ronaldo, but it’s never helped him anyway.

He is one of the greatest goalkeepers of the 21 century having made countless impressive saves for Germany and Bayern Munich. His exploits have seen him become a World Cup and Champions League winner during his career.

The seven-time Bundesliga champion even finished an impressive third place in the 2014 Ballon d’Or behind Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.

In facing the Portuguese forward, however, Neuer has a mixed record.

The first time they met was in a 2012 semi-final clash in the Champions League, which saw Bayern Munich defeat Real Madrid despite Ronaldo’s brace in the second leg.

Neuer then kept a clean sheet to help Germany beat Portugal 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup group stages. However, Ronaldo got his revenge by playing a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s victories over Bayern Munich in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

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Petr Cech

Petr Cech
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The former Chelsea and Arsenal keeper was perhaps the best during his peak days.

Nobody really knew Cech when Jose Mourinho signed him from Stade Rennais for €13m in 2004 for Chelsea. However, he made sure they all did following a brilliant debut campaign.

Cech recorded 24 clean sheets and conceded just 13 goals in 35 Premier League games to help Chelsea win the title in 2004/05. Not even a life-threatening head injury against Reading in October 2006 could stop him from starring.

Cech eventually won a further three league titles, four FA Cups, 3 EFL Cups, 1 Champions League and the Europa League.

He also proved to be a stiff competitor for Cristiano Ronaldo in all competitions. It took the Portuguese eight games to score a goal against him, with his first goal coming in the 2008 Champions League final.

Ronaldo scored two more against Cech in the 2008 and 2012 European Championships for Portugal.

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