When: 5/21/2008

There is no higher team honor in European club football than winning the Champions League. It's what drives jockeying for position across the continents top domestic leagues, and is a competition that features the cream of the crop. In 2008, with Manchester United, Ronaldo catapulted to new heights by achieving arguably his greatest accomplishment of his young career, a Champions League medal.

The stage was set for the final in Moscow, between United and English rival Chelsea. Ronaldo opened the scoring in 26th minute, but his strike was soon cancelled out just before the half. Penalties would be the only way to decide this one, and, although Ronaldo missed his take, United outlasted Chelsea 6-5 to be crowned champions of Europe. CR was named UEFA Fan's Man of the Match, best player of the tournament, and was the competition's top goalscorer. It was a season in which Ronaldo scored 42 goals in all competitions, falling just short of the United record of 46 set by Denis Law in the '63-'64 season. That my friends is how you etch your name into the history books forever and become one badass motha along the way.