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Goal.com is publishing exclusive extracts from Luca Caioli's new book, Ronaldo: The Obsession for Perfection. This 10th excerpt looks at how his goal earned silverware in 2010-11

Goal.com is publishing exclusive extracts from Luca Caioli's new book, Ronaldo: The Obsession for Perfection, which charts the Portuguese forward's spectacular rise from a poor childhood in Madeira to superstardom with Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Real Madrid

It’s 20 April 2011, the day of the Copa del Rey final in Valencia. More importantly, it’s the day that Cristiano scores the fans’ favourite goal of the year – the goal which brings Real their only title of the season. But the goal doesn’t come for more than 100 minutes. He starts in the No. 9 position, which is not where he feels most comfortable.

He doesn’t like receiving the ball with his back to the goal and it’s difficult being the only centre forward on the pitch. He has to run back and forth to help his team-mates get the ball forward, and it is starting to wear him out. Eventually, towards the end of the first half, he gives a great assist to Pepe, who hits the post.

Throughout the first half, Real have dominated the entire pitch and Barca have not even managed a single shot at goal. But Ronaldo has been looking lonely out there, and in the second half, when Barça get themselves back on track and back in sync, he looks even more isolated. At the end of an intense 90 minutes of excellent football, the No. 7 has still only had one shot on target. He will have to wait until extra time, until the 100th minute, to break his long and drawn out Barca dry spell.


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Di Maria plays a one-two with Marcelo and sets off on a run, igores Dani Alves and unleashes a powerful cross from the left-hand side. Cristiano leaps into the air above Adriano and, demonstrating his ability to dominate in the box that he learnt at Manchester United, sends the ball flying into the net with a powerful header. Barca keeper Jose Pinto can do nothing to stop the effort. The spectacular goal brings home Real’s first Copa del Rey in almost two decades.

Cristiano leaps into the air above Adriano and sends the ball flying into the net with a powerful header. The spectacular goal brings home Real's first Copa del Rey in almost two decades

This time Barca are well and truly defeated, and not just because of the result. Leo had tried to get things moving from whatever position he happened to be in, but he always found himself tangled in a web of Real defenders. He controlled the ball far too much without any execution, and his dodging and feinting was completely ineffectual.

After the break things had improved, and he even made one fantastic deep pass to Pedro – although the linesman ruled the subsequent goal offside. The match has been a failure as far as Leo is concerned. It’s also the first defeat in a final for Barca under Guardiola’s reign.

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With every extract published, Goal.com will be giving away one copy of Luca Caoili's new book. To have a chance of winning an ebook or hard copy of Ronaldo: The Obsession for Perfection, answer the following question: Before 2011, when was the last time Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey? Send answers to competitions@goal.com - the winner will be announced in next Friday's extract.

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