Cristiano Ronaldo is getting back to Manchester United following 12 years away at Real Madrid and Juventus..”
AFP Sport investigates five of the best minutes from his first spell at Old Trafford.
Stunning presentation – August 2003
— Ronaldo joined United after players asked mentor Alex Ferguson to sign him following a pre-season amicable against Sporting Lisbon where the winger had astonished. After a £12 million venture, Ronaldo made his presentation in the red shirt falling off the seat with United an objective facing Bolton. Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs (twice) and Ruud Van Nistelrooy got the objectives, yet all the discussion was about the new high school winger.
That winking inclination – post-2006 World Cup
— Ronaldo was found winking on camera as his United partner Wayne Rooney was shipped off for England at the World Cup, making the winger a disdain figure across England. Rather than withering under tension he took the ascendency from Rooney at the core of United, finishing the season as player of the year and scoring the triumphant objective at Manchester City as United won the 2007 Premier League..”
First Champions League objectives – April 2007
— Ronaldo created one of his first evident elite exhibitions at Old Trafford in a 7-1 Champions League quarter-last win over Roma. His preview opener and far-post tap in were truth be told less great than his general exhibition ruled the game.
Transcending header – May 2008
— With Ronaldo’s collection growing, he added another string to his bow with gravity resisting high jumps to head objectives home. One of the early models was his opener for United in their Champions League last against Chelsea when he took off over the safeguard to bang home a Paul Scholes cross. The match in the long run went to punishments and Ronaldo neglected to change over from the spot while moving forward first. He hurled himself to the ground wailing in alleviation when Nicolas Anelka’s spot kick was likewise saved as United arose tight champs in Moscow, notwithstanding his miss.
Puskas grant – April 2009
— In December, Ronaldo turned into the primary United player to win the Ballon d’Or as best player in Europe since George Best an entire 40 years sooner. His last season, in any case, was over-shadowed by a sneaking Real Madrid and lower leg wounds. However, in Porto, Ronaldo scored a 35-meter wonder-strike in a Champions League quarter-last that dominated United the game and him the Puskas grant for best European objective of the period. Ronaldo himself said it was the best objective he had at any point scored..”