In a new entry of Premier League Legends, we talk about Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible career for Manchester United since he first arrived in 2003 until he left in 2009.
Given the great response that we had with the Premier League Legends series, now we are going to talk about another all-time great from English football, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Arguably one of the best players in football history who is about to start his fourth spell as a professional player for Juventus FC, Cristiano Ronaldo got his big break in football with England’s most successful club ever and became the player that he is today during those six seasons with the Red Devils. But at the beginning, it still wasn’t clear if Cristiano Ronaldo would become the best player in the world because he wasn’t nearly as perfect a he is today inside the pitch. Back then, even his former teammates like Roy Keane or Rio Ferdinand, agree that they had to kick the showboating out of him during training sessions.
His debut and the learning curve at United.
I still remember that day when Sir Alex Ferguson decided hand an 18-year-old boy his debut wearing the mythical number ‘7’ shirt, the same one that made George Best, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham famous. I was outraged by this move from the gaffer, I was even angrier when I saw the style of player he had brought in to desecrate that legendary number. You see, there was a certain denial in me that simply didn’t accept a player with the same name of Ronaldo Nazario and wearing that United shirt number, I was reluctant to accept him at first but day by day he convinced me. Even if I didn’t like Cristiano’s ‘Jogo Bonito’ style at first because I always thought he abused it, the lad was actually really good from the start of his career and he even delivered key goals in key moments for the Red Devils.
Ronaldo’s transformation into a world-class player.
Cristiano Ronaldo landed on his feet in the first season for the Red Devils, he scored a goal in the 3-0 victory against Millwall in the FA Cup final that season and started delivering titles to his club from the start. As the Portuguese player moved forward the improvement on his game was even more evident, but he reached a certain peak in the 2006-2007 season when Manchester United lost the Champions League semifinals against Kaká’s AC Milan. The Red Devils won the Premier League that season which was Ronaldo’s first, that also marked the start of an incredible fairy tale that made people fall in love with this man’s football as he led United to three consecutive Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy in the 2007-2008 season that turned him into one of Manchester United’s all-time greats.
The best Ronaldo ever reaches Legendary status.
After becoming the best player in world football in 2008, Cristiano Ronaldo went on to dominate the Premier League for another year before going to Real Madrid. With Los Blancos he became the player he is today and he also transformed his game into a more clinical style. But for the Manchester United fans, the best Cristiano Ronaldo was the one who played between 2007 and 2009 for the Red Devils, the one that reached two consecutive Champions League finals and the one who loved playing for the fans who paid their ticket to watch him play. Between that era, Cristiano Ronaldo reached a cult following only players bearing the same name were able to accomplish. But just so you get an idea of the spectacular level of football he reached, we leave you with arguably the best performance he delivered for Manchester United from a technical standpoint. This was against Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the 2007-2008 season, the same year in which he scored 42 goals in all competitions.
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