His second of the night was the most spectacular, with an acrobatic bicycle kick seeing him showered with praise – with former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand among those to be left almost speechless.
A man who witnessed Rooney’s effort in 2011 and Ronaldo’s seven years on told BT Sport: "His [Rooney’s] one was off his shin pad but the occasion and where he is, to score this goal.
"He turns up every time he is asked to deliver on the big stage, he delivers.
"In his relentless pursuit of greatness, he produces an absolute moment of brilliance.
“This lit up this studio, imagine what it did for people around the world to see one of the greatest, if not the greatest player on the planet, to produce a moment like this against Juventus, the magnitude of the game, the occasion.
"The athleticism, look how high he is off the floor, it is a joke."
Ferdinand then took to social media the day after Ronaldo’s masterclass to aim another sly dig at ex-United and England colleague Rooney.
He posted: “Don’t be comparing @cristiano overhead kick to @waynerooney’s vs Man City which came of his shin... Morning Wazza!”
Rooney, though, is having none of it.
The Everton star still considers his strike against City to be the most special, with added skill required to find the top corner with your shin pad rather than your boot.
Quizzed on his reaction to Ronaldo’s goal and Ferdinand’s response while at the draw for the European U17 Championship, United’s all-time leading goalscorer said: “I texted Rio before that and I think it’s actually a harder technique to do off your shin.
“So I’ll go with my own.”
Rooney’s comment may have been tongue-in-cheek, but debate as to which of the most famous overhead goals of all time ranks the highest appears set to rumble on for some time yet.