Champions League, Ronaldo's 40th, apparel ad mocked: world's most-watched sports videos

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Highlights from the Champions League final, Ronaldo's 40th league goal, and a backfiring sportswear advert are among the world's most-watched sports videos for the week ending June 1.

YouTube viewers saw La Liga's top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo reach 40 league goals for the season. During the same match, the Real Madrid team formed a guard of honor for retiring goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.

Though the video has now been removed, similar clips can be found by searching for " Real Madrid vs Almeria 8-1 Dudek."

Second on YouTube's chart is footage from an AC Milan training session. Teammates commiserate with star midfielder Andrea Pirlo on his imminent departure to Juventus.

American sportswear retailer Champs Sports takes a beating for its "Elements of Game: School" advert, with "dislikes" outweighing "likes" by nearly 4 to 1. "More like Elements of a Douche," wrote one user.

France's Dailymotion has highlights from the 2011 Champions League final occupying positions one to three.

On Chinese site Tudou there's the best and worst of Argentinean football: a season goals compilation for Barcelona's Lionel Messi, and two jaw-dropping errors from Argentina's domestic league.

Viewers of Japanese service Nicovideo saw limbless writer Takehiro Tadashi throwing the ceremonial first pitch for the Rakuten Eagles baseball team, while Yuto Nagatomo's goal for Juventus was also celebrated.

YouTube's most watched sports videos of the week (total views)
1) Real Madrid vs Almeria 8-1 La Liga search for similar videos (1,236,977)
2) ' Pirlo moved by AC Milan team farewell' (589,370)
3) Elements of Game: School (784,012)

Dailymotion's most watched sports videos of the week
1) Barcelona - Manchester United Fox Soccer extended highlights (96,555)
2) Barcelona v Manchester United ITV match analysis (92,364)
3) Barcelona v Manchester United Fox highlights (55,990)

Tudou's most watched sports videos of the week
1) ' Messi 2010/11 season, all 53 goals' (125,627)
2) ' River Plate goalkeeper slip-up' (92,694)
3) ' Amazing own goal - Argentinian league' (91,245)

Nicovideo's most watched sports videos of the week (requires free registration)
1) ' Takehiro Tadashi's ceremonial first pitch' Japan Baseball League (127,838)
2) ' Yuto Nagatomo v Catania' Serie A (102,987)
3) ' Ordinary Life anime theme tune: baseball parody' (442,145)

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