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07th Jul 2016

The stats behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s power header against Wales are astounding

What a leap this was...

Robert Redmond

These are like NBA stats.

Cristiano Ronaldo may not dribble past players in the manner he used to, but he showed on Wednesday night that he is still a match winner, and can jump higher than probably any other football around

The Portugal captain was effectively levitating when he headed the ball home to give his side the lead against Wales.

Gareth Bale, Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate, may have scored more headed goals this season than any other player in Europe, but the Welshman has never scored a header like that and could only watch on like the rest of us.

Portugal v Wales - Semi Final: UEFA Euro 2016

The statistics behind the incredible leap have been compiled by the Daily Mail, and they make for impressive reading.

Ronaldo was 8ft 7in in the air when he headed the ball past Wayne Hennessy, leaping 2ft 6in from the ground, and his hang time was 0.7 sec.

The header clocked at 44.3mph.


Daily Mail

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