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Ronaldo admits his sensational winner was the best goal of his career

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London, Apr.16 (ANI): Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted his sensational winner against Porto on Wednesday was the best goal of his career.

Ronaldo's 40-yard strike steered Manchester United past Porto and into a mouth-watering Champions League semi-final against old foes Arsenal.

"That's the best goal I've ever scored. I didn't know it was from 40 yards and flew at 65 mph until I saw the television replay after the game. Wow! It was a fantastic strike," the Daily Express quoted Ronaldo, as saying.

"This victory will give us confidence. We didn't play well in the previous five games, but I'm hoping this will change all that. Arsenal play great football, we know them well and they are going to be two great ties. But we are confident that we can reach the final," Ronaldo added.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson saluted Ronaldo's super strike, saying: "I've got to dig deep into the memory banks to remember a better goal - it was a sensational shot and gave us the perfect start."

"A big difference was also having Rio back. He has been a key part in our success. It will be a terrific tie against Arsenal."

United will play the first leg at home on April 29 and the return in North London will be the following Tuesday, May 5.

The Portuguese star - dubbed 'The Winker' after his exploits at the 2006 World Cup - hit a sixth-minute stunner as United became the first English team to win at Porto's Estadio do Dragao.

Ferguson, celebrating his 150th Euro game in charge, said: "It was an unbelievable goal, a magnificent hit. It was a fantastic goal but that's what Cristiano is capable of. His shot took them by surprise and the goalkeeper had no chance. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, April 16, 2009, 12:43 [IST]
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