Before Ronaldo was the clinical forward we all know today, he was a traditional winger who bamboozled defenders with his quick feet.
Rather than cutting in, Ronaldo would hug the touchline and beat players for fun before crossing it in and normally nabbing an assist.
Against Benfica in the 2006/2007 season, Ronaldo put on a dribbling masterclass and it could be the first game he truly carried a team.
The day Cristiano Ronaldo completed 20 (TWENTY) dribbles in 1 (ONE) game.- Diego (@ronaldocomps) November 5, 2019
Greatest. Dribbler. Of. All. Time. pic.twitter.com/Pl2CNrm7jK
The Red Devils emerged 1-0 winners and it comes as no surprise Ronaldo grabbed the assist, laying the ball on for Louis Saha.
A troubled summer at the 2006 World Cup three months prior had many wondering if his time at Old Trafford was close to an end. But it couldn't have been any further from the truth.
Former sporting director Amedeo Carboni claims a deal had already been agreed between the two clubs.
"We had found the financial resources to get him," Carboni told Il Posticipo. "We had made arrangements with Nike and Coca Cola. Ronaldo at that time was already earning 10 million net a year, a lot for a club like Valencia.
"Then we reached the stage where Cristiano had argued with Manchester United. In 2006-07 Valencia was experiencing a 'boom', and I had his 'yes' to sign him."
Tensions reached a fever pitch regarding Ronaldo during a quarter final clash against England, when he 'winked' towards the bench after helping get club teammate Wayne Rooney sent off.
A move was something he considered at the time, saying: "I think I should get out of Manchester. The circumstances are not right to keep playing in Manchester. In two or three days, I will decide where to go.
"I always said I wanted to play in Spain. Nobody stood up for me at Manchester, although I did not do anybody any harm."
But as history shows, it never came to be. Ronaldo and Rooney buried the hatchet and went on to lead Manchester United to three consecutive Premier League titles, as well as a Champions League triumph.
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