Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world. Even at 36 years old, he remains incredibly athletic and sharp. Ronaldo has certainly lost a foot of pace in recent years, but he has shaped his game in such a way that he maintains a high level of productivity.
One crucial skill that he has picked up along the way and helped him score high goals is his head. Ronaldo’s air skills are unparalleled. He has an incredible jump in him and also shows amazing time in the air.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s jump is similar to that of NBA players
Cristiano Ronaldo is a fox-in-the-box. He is extremely difficult to contain during crosses and set pieces. In a Serie A game against Sampdoria in the 2019-20 season, Ronaldo jumped to Alex Sandro’s crotch which was 2.56 meters high. He jumped 71 cm (28 inches) to hit the ball with his head and knock it home.
The height of the bar is 8 ft and Ronaldo jumped 8.39 ft to make contact with the ball. Yes, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner jumped over the bar to score a goal. His hang time is often compared to that of NBA great Michael Jordan.
Ronaldo has scored many a thumping header in his illustrious career. At Euro 2016, he rose 2.65 meters in the air to score for Portugal in the semi-final against Wales. But his highest jump ever was for Real Madrid against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League in 2013.
Cristiano Ronaldo jumped a whopping 2.93 meters to score against his former club.
He did it for Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United. It was during his time with the Red Devils that fans and pundits noticed that there was something very special about his jump.
Cristiano Ronaldo has since returned to his former club Manchester United. It all happened over the course of two days, but it was still one of the most exciting transfer sagas of the summer. Ronaldo had won three Premier League titles, one Champions League title and an FA Cup title during his first stint with the club.
The Portugal international went on to become a prolific goalscorer during his time at Manchester United. It was during that time that he developed from a mercurial winger to a world-class player who could score goals anywhere.
Part of that development was adding new skills to his arsenal and dominating aerial duels was one of the many skills he worked on improving. Ronaldo will be revealed as a Manchester United player in the game against Newcastle United, which will take place right after the international break.