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Top 5: Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatest cup finals

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Cristiano Ronaldo has pulled off some cracking performances in cup finals over the years, and we expect Sunday to be no different.

Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is no stranger to cup finals having won a staggering 29 trophies in his career. Three of those actually came this year for Juventus and Portugal respectively.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s scoring prowess played a central role in each of them, and will likely do the same in Sunday’s Supercoppa Italiana.

He scored the winner during Juventus’ triumph over AC Milan in January before firing Portugal to UEFA Nations League glory on home soil last summer.

So ahead of Sunday’s Italian Supercup final against Lazio, we’ll look at Ronaldo’s five best performances in cup finals.

Millwall – 2004 FA Cup Final

FA Cup Final: Manchester United v Millwall, Juventus
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This was the game where Cristiano Ronaldo truly made his mark in English football.

The 19-year-old had a decent debut campaign at Manchester United and was already a regular. He then took his chance to shine by winning his first major piece of silverware with a sublime display.

Simply put, he was the final’s outstanding player.

Ronaldo’s trickery and clever runs caused Millwall problems all afternoon, with full-back Robbie Ryan suffering the most. 

And Ronaldo, who was wearing a golden boots for the occasion, put United ahead by heading in Gary Neville’s cross in the first half.

Ruud van Nistelrooy later scored a double to round-off a convincing victory for the Red Devils.

Chelsea – 2008 Champions League Final

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The fixture in Moscow was the moment where Cristiano Ronaldo first staked his claim as the Champions League King.

There had been little to separate Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League, with the former narrowly winning the title by two points after a long 38-game campaign.

So Chelsea were naturally determined to get a bit of revenge in the Russian capital.

But United took control early on, with Ronaldo causing Chelsea’s Michael Essien all sorts of problems. 

Avram Grant’s decision to start the Ghanaian as a right-back against Ronaldo was a terrible call. And it came back to haunt him when Ronaldo rose above Essien to head in Wes Brown’s cross.

While Frank Lampard equalised, United won 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out.

Atletico Madrid – 2016 Champions League Final

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 28:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid scores the winning  penalty  during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty was probably the biggest of his career as Real Madrid won a first of three Champions League titles under Zinedine Zidane.

Sergio Ramos put them ahead in the 15th-minute before Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty for Atletico Madrid. However, the latter took the final into extra-time through Yannick Carrasco’s equaliser.

But it was still a strong performance for Real Madrid, with Zidane’s decision to make Ronaldo and Gareth Bale drop back into the midfield paying off fabulously.

The Portuguese star then kept his composure in the shoot-out to win a third Champions League title.

“I had a vision and saw I was going to score the winning goal, so I asked (Zinedine) Zidane to take the fifth penalty,” said Ronaldo via Sky Sports.

“It is a very special moment, and it is well deserved for the players and the fans, who’ve always been there for us.”

Barcelona – 2011 Copa del Rey Final

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This was the time Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho won their first piece of silverware for Real Madrid.

With a penalty shoot-out looming in another tense and brutal Clasico in Valencia, Ronaldo leapt and powered a bullet header past Barcelona keeper Jose Manuel Pinto to win the Copa del Rey.

That 103rd-minute header was probably one of the 34-year-old’s best goals in a Los Blancos jersey.

And not even Angel Di María’s dismissal in the final minutes could prevent CR7 and the Special One winning together.

“It’s a very important title; we’re going to enjoy it,” said Ronaldo.

“Mourinho has done a good job. He’s helped us a lot. Barça played very well but, as you know, the team who scores wins.”

The Portuguese duo then beat Barcelona to La Liga the following season.

Juventus – 2017 Champions League Final

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The match in Cardiff has to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s best-ever final.

Despite a frustrating start, the 34-year-old showed his class to lead Real Madrid to a 12th Champions League crown.

His pace, anticipation and technique proved to be too much for a Juventus defence, who had only conceded three goals in the space of 1,080 minutes in the competition.

Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 20th-minute before beating the Juventus defenders for a near-post finish. It was another one of his trademark performances.

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