Cristiano Ronaldo's Sole Season As 'CR9' At Real Madrid Was Genuinely Incredible
Cristiano Ronaldo spent just one season wearing the number nine of Real Madrid - but he lived up to lofty expectations.
Ronaldo completed an £80 million move to Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 but wasn't able to claim his favoured number seven.
'Los Blancos' legend Raul had the number and it meant Ronaldo had to become 'CR9' until the Spaniard left a season later.
Aged 24 and ready to take on the world, Ronaldo played with freedom and hit 33 goals in 35 games. Moderate by his standards nowadays, but what a way to introduce yourself to La Liga.
CR9! Take me back... @Cristiano :goat:
- MadridistaTV (@madridistatvYT) March 2, 2021
The Portuguese superstar clearly wasn't fazed by being the world's most expensive player, managing to become a key figure instantly.
Barcelona won the title and Madrid finished second, but the hierarchy were impressed by their expensive acquisition.
Fans have reacted to the compilation and they're loving what is often a 'forgotten' season in Ronaldo's career.
After watching this video, someone will say Ronaldo doesn't know how to dribble. Smh- Austine Dikasøn:tm: :flag_no::flag_gb: (@iamdikason) March 2, 2021
CR7 first season was his worst season for RM but still it's better the best season of R9 fat ronaldo at RM :joy::joy: and still some people ask who's real ronaldo- Lita (@litaziang9) March 2, 2021
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The disrespect to this guy is too much! Football wise cr deserves respect no matter which club you support- ABU JA'AFAR (@UsamaShuni) March 2, 2021
My peak fanboying days , i was so Obsessed with him https://t.co/4AgSOMXqgr- RAY (@RAAyY7n) March 3, 2021
A machine. Sad we won't his his kind again :sob: https://t.co/qMMWjkNZgW- Zeronair:tm: (@Zzeronair) March 3, 2021
People that call CR7 tap in merchants know nothing about soccer, they only watch their teams match and wait for twitter warriors to give them an opinion to feast on. https://t.co/cRgOCO9TJ6- Musa (@Mr_Azara) March 3, 2021
Ronaldo wearing the number nine brought back memories of his namesake, Ronaldo Nazario, strutting his stuff at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Asked by Fabio Cannavaro on an Instagram Live about being called the 'Real Ronaldo' the 44-year-old said, "For CR7, it must be boring to hear that I am the real Ronaldo.
"People cannot be compared. Cristiano will remain in football history for the goals and for the continuity he has achieved. He will remain one of the best, like Messi."
Featured Image Credit: @madridistatvYT/Twitter
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