15 years ago to this day, Cristiano Ronaldo led Manchester United to their 17th English league title in record-breaking fashion.
On May 11, 2008, Manchester United pipped Chelsea to the Premier League title following a final day 2-0 victory at Wigan Athletic.
Leading the charge was a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese whipped in a 33rd-minute penalty to put United in front. It was his 31st goal of the campaign, sealing him the Premier League’s Golden Boot. Ryan Giggs later came off the bench to double United’s lead 10 minutes from time.
As a result, United won a 17th English League title, their 10th in the Premier League era, and a second with Ronaldo.
CR7 also scooped the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards for a second straight season and became the first winger to win the European Golden Shoe.
10 days later in Moscow, Ronaldo and United defeated Chelsea on penalties to win the Champions League, completing a memorable double under Sir Alex Ferguson.
By the end of 2008, Ronaldo was named the Ballon d’Or winner for the first time in his career.
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