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16 years ago today, a Portuguese teenager shot to fame.
Manchester United played a pre-season friendly against Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2003.
Sporting CP ran out 3-1 winners with a young lad stealing all the headlines following his starring role on the wing.
An 18-year-old by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo ran rings around United's defence, dazzling on-lookers with his terrifying speed and blistering step overs.
Ronaldo running down the wing with blonde extensions gloriously flowing, and his ear ring patched up impressed Sir Alex Ferguson so much, he snapped up his services ahead of the 2003/04 season.
United shelled out a reported £12.24 million which made him - at the time - the most expensive teenager in English football history.
The rest, you could say, is history.
16 years ago TODAY, in 2003. Manchester United lost to Sporting Lisbon in a friendly. A young, electrifying Portuguese star stood out, Cristiano Ronaldo. The rest is history.- Cristiano Stuff (@CristianoStuff_) August 6, 2019
:calendar: ON THIS DAY :calendar:#OTD in 2003, a young Cristiano Ronaldo ran rings around Man Utd in a friendly with Sporting Lisbon.- WeLoveBetting (@WeLoveBettingUK) August 6, 2019
Days later he was an #MUFC player, joining David Bellion, Kleberson and Eric Djemba-Djemba as new arrivals at Old Trafford.
On this day in 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo starred against Man Utd as a Sporting CP player. His dream set sail from that day.- Said Brown (@SaidBrown7) August 6, 2019
now C.Ronaldo is the greatest footballer of all time. he is 34, but still best in the world. #Mufc #ManUtd pic.twitter.com/cBOO2uIthX
From Premier League success to Champions League triumph, whilst scoring goals at an alarming rate.
He's a certified United legend with fans still hollering his name at Old Trafford.
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