Cape Town - Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was hailed by fans as the best-ever aerial threat after scoring an incredible header in a 2-1 away win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Wednesday night.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner leapt 71 centimetres off the ground to meet a cross at an incredible 2.56 metres, with a hang-time of 1.5 seconds to score a decisive header in the 45th minute to send Juventus to the top of the Serie A table.
The 34-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down and has now scored six goals in Juve's last five games to take his tally to 10 in 14 Serie A appearances.
In comparison in Michael Jordan's legendary "free-throw dunk", Jordan had a hang time of 0.92 seconds.
Juventus coach, Maurizio Sarri was left stunned by the goal and had to use expletives to describe Ronaldo's winner in a post-match interview.
"What did I think when I saw Ronaldo's goal? I thought, "F***, what a goal!". "I say, "F***" because if I said, "Damn" it wouldn't be fair towards the goal.", Sarri said. I think the amount of time he spent in the air before the header was incredibly long. A wonderful, physical and technical action."
Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri said: "Ronaldo did something that you see in the NBA (National Basketball Association), he was up in the air for an hour and a half!
"There's nothing you can say about it, you can only congratulate him and move on."