It is time to remember the time when Ronaldo Nazario was presented as a Real Madrid player, it was 17 years ago to this day.
There is no better day to talk about Ronaldo than now, but we are talking about the Brazilian and his arrival at Real Madrid 17 years ago.
Better known as ‘The Phenomenon’, Ronaldo Nazario was fresh out of making his official revival during the 2002 World Cup with Brazil.
Nobody wanted to bet for him during that time, he was recently recovered from a terrible ACL injury that kept him out of the game for nearly two whole years.
Before this, Ronaldo was on his way to becoming the best footballer in history. His numbers were strikingly similar to what Messi and Cristiano delivered throughout their whole careers, but that terrible injury changed his life forever.
Regardless of this new setback in life, Ronaldo still made his full recovery and he wanted to prove the world that he still had that flair in him.
That World Cup performance was the reason that Florentino Perez desired to sign him, the Real Madrid chairman was on his way to building the Galacticos of that era.
The man already had Raul, Zidane, and Figo. Signing Ronaldo Nazario only seemed like the most logical next step to take, and he was willing to do anything in order to make his wishes come true for his beloved club.
#OnThisDay in 2002, one of the world's greatest strikers was presented at the Bernabeu! ⚽
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 2, 2019
How much did Ronaldo Nazario cost?
This transfer extended all the way to the final days of the transfer market, this was because Internazionale Milano was desperate to get some money back for his transfer.
Looking at the €75 million that Florentino paid for Zidane a year prior to that summer, the Italian club decided they wouldn’t take less than €98 million for Ronaldo.
This is a player who ended up winning the Ballon d’Or at the end of that year, which was the second one of his professional career.
It was evident that Inter would make a lot of money out of this transfer, but the player’s injuries played a key role in the negotiation.
Although Perez was not playing with the money he spent during that era, he also wasn’t willing to waste any cash for a player who was clearly not worth €98 million back then.
After a stressful period of negotiation, the chairman finally reached an agreement with Inter for €45 million and closed the deal.
The reason we remember this transfer right now is that the Brazilian was presented as a new Real Madrid transfer on September the 2nd, 2002.
Florentino got a little closer to those Galacticos that he wanted to make a reality, a few more high profile stars would follow after that.
— LaLiga (@LaLiga) September 2, 2019
Ronaldo arrived with great fortune.
The time in which Ronaldo Nazario arrived, was also a season in which Los Blancos were still at the top of their game.
Zidane led a fantastic team that got Ronaldo to help them achieve more trophies during that year, the Brazilian wore the number ’11’ jersey as the number ‘9’ was taken by Morientes.
He scored on his debut against Alaves, and he managed to help Los Blancos win La Liga that season.
But the most memorable moment for him came later in the season, it was in the Champions League against Manchester United.
We’ve talked about this several times before, it was the night in which Ronaldo Nazario proved that he was still one of the best players in the world.
This is a striker who scored an impressive hat-trick against the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Despite not having the best Ronaldo Nazario version, we still had a ruthless goal-scorer who managed to win another top-scorer trophy in the next few years.
We lost that explosive player due to his knee problems, but we still had that smart striker who had s few years of top-quality football left in his boots.
📆 31 de agosto de 2002
⌛ Se cumplen 17 años del fichaje sobre la bocina de Ronaldo Nazario por el Real Madrid.
🤔 ¿Habrá hoy un nuevo bombazo de última hora? pic.twitter.com/CKGQ4QDB0P
— Diario AS (@diarioas) August 31, 2019
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