After his departure in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United. The Portuguese returns to his old club, where it all began. For this occasion, we have compiled a list of the ten most significant events of his stay in England.
10. First Goal with Manchester United in 2003
Cristiano Ronaldo took more than three months to score his first goal for the Red Devils. During the match against Portsmouth, on November 1, 2003, the Portuguese unlocked his counter with a magic free kick. The very first of a very long list (118 goals in 292 games).
The fivefold Ballon d’Or is eccentric on the left side, he decides to take his chance and strike directly on goal. Thanks to this achievement, the striker will gradually make himself known in England. It is without a doubt one of the most important moments of his career.
9. First title with Manchester United in 2004
In the Champions League , Manchester United is eliminated by FC Porto of José Mourinho. But, the Reds Devils narrowly avoided the white season thanks to the FA Cup. In the final, the residents of Old Trafford faced Millwall.
During the meeting, Cristiano Ronaldo shone on the pitch. Under the orders of Alex Ferguson, the future Madrilenian chained the actions completely incredible between passing of legs, accelerations, strikes … In the 44th minute, the Portuguese is the author of the opening of the scoring. Manchester United triumphed over Millwall 3-0.
At the end of the meeting, Ronaldo was logically rewarded with the man of the match trophy.
8. The Quarrel with Rooney 2006
It is without a doubt one of the most controversial events of his time at Manchester United. In 2006, England and Portugal met for a World Cup match. During the meeting, Wayne Rooney walks on Carvalho’s genitals during a duel (62nd).
Surprisingly, while they were partners, Cristiano Ronaldo turns to the referee and asks for a sanction against the English striker. The latter, mad with rage, attacks the Portuguese star before being expelled from the field.
On his return from competition, Ronaldo finds himself facing criticism from the press after his gesture to his teammate. However, Alex Ferguson always stood up for his protégé and the media whirlwind gradually subsided. An incident that marked the career of the 36-year-old player.
7. George Best 2008’s record broken
Cristiano Ronaldo undoubtedly reached his peak with Manchester United during the 2007-2008 season. On an individual level, everything worked for the native of Madeira.
George Best held the record for goals scored in a season with 32 goals in all competitions. But, during the match between Manchester and Bolton at Old Trafford, Ronaldo scores from a masterful free kick and ends the season with 33 goals. He dethrones a club legend.
6. The victory in the Champions League in 2008
For the first time, Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the C1 trophy with the Mancuniens against Chelsea , during a totally magical match in Moscow.
The Portuguese striker opens the scoring in the first half. Unfortunately shortly after, Lampard equalized before the start of the locker room. But after 120 minutes of fierce struggle, the Reds Devils finally won after a penalty shootout.
This coronation was the first in a long series for the future Real Madrid player (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018).
5. The first Ballon d’Or in 2008
The 2008 Ballon d’Or is the ultimate award for Cristiano Ronaldo. This year, CR7 is the winner of the Champions League and wins the Premier League with Manchester United.
The Portuguese ended the season with the title of top scorer in the English league (31 goals) and the Champions League (8 goals). The Madeira Child subsequently won four more of these awards (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017).
4. The missile against Porto in 2009
As a former Sporting Portugal player, scoring a goal against FC Porto is always an event. On April 15, 2009, during the return leg against Porto in the Champions League, Ronaldo cocked his shot 35 meters from Helton’s goal.
The latter can do nothing to prevent this real cannonball from entering. Ronaldo’s strike was recorded at 103 km / h. The five-fold Golden Ball received the first Puskás Prize in history for this magical goal.
3. The incredible free kick against Arsenal in 2009
In a Champions League semi-final second leg between Arsenal and Manchester United, Ronaldo fired one of the most iconic free kicks of his career.
While he was 40 meters from the cages, the Portuguese took off and struck. The ball is lodged at the near post, Petr Čech is beaten. Thanks to this achievement, CR7 conquered the whole world.
2. The defeat to Messi in the 2009 Champions League final
In the final of the Champions League 2009, FC Barcelona faces Manchester United. The whole world is waiting to see these two football giants on the same pitch. Alas, Ronaldo and his teammates do not compete at all against the Catalans and are swept away in a few minutes.
Lionel Messi’s team won 2 goals to 0 and won the cup with big ears. This match marks the end of the Ronaldo era at Manchester United. But, it is also the beginning of the eternal confrontation between the Portuguese and the Argentinian.
1. The last goal against Manchester City in 2009
To conclude his chapter at Manchester United, Ronaldo scored yet another free kick of which he alone has the secret against Manchester City.
This achievement is the very last of the Portuguese in the north of England before his transfer to the other side of the Pyrenees, to Real Madrid. This magnificent goal is a reflection of everything Ronaldo has brought during his time at Manchester United.
We can’t wait to find him in his old jersey!