Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final pitted the two best teams in Europe – Juventus and Real Madrid – and the legendary clubs feature some of the world’s best players, most notably Cristiano Ronaldo.
But it was a 31-year-old forward from Croatia who stole the spotlight early at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff.
In the 27th minute, Mario Mandzukic of Juventus tied the game at 1-1 with one of the greatest goals in Champions League final history.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 3, 2017
— FOX Deportes (@FOXDeportes) June 3, 2017
The former Bayern Munich star controlled the ball by letting it hit his chest and then, with three Real Madrid defenders around him, successfully pulled off the acrobatic overhead strike with his right boot.
Not surprisingly, the goal got quite the reaction on Twitter.
There's never been a better goal. The more you watch it, the more extraordinary it gets. #mandzukic
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 3, 2017
— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) June 3, 2017
One of the great #UCLFinal goals.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) June 3, 2017
Mandzukic has scored the greatest ever Champions League final. Absolutely ridiculous. The build up. The finish. Just wow.
— Shane Burns (@MediaShaneBurns) June 3, 2017
— Paul Morrissey (@Paul_Morrissey) June 3, 2017
Mario Mandzukic – best goal I've ever seen live…after Clint Dempsey's chip against Juventus…
— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) June 3, 2017
Joe Lago is the editor of FC Yahoo. Follow him on Twitter @joelago.