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On This Day, Manchester United Sold Cristiano Ronaldo To Real Madrid For A World-Record Fee

Jacque Talbot

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On This Day, Manchester United Sold Cristiano Ronaldo To Real Madrid For A World-Record Fee

On this day, Cristiano Ronaldo moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid for a then world-record fee.

The Portugal international joined Los Blancos for £80 million in 2009, his last goal for the Red Devils a deflected free-kick against local rivals Manchester City.

His move set a precedence on transfer prices - but he's been one of Real's best buys.


Ronaldo became one of the greatest players to ever grace the Premier League in his six years and arguably the league's best-ever right-winger. And yet, somehow, Ronaldo continued to improve to ridiculous levels in Spain.

Just through stats, you can fully appreciate his unbelievable ability in front of goal over the years for the La Liga giants.

In his inaugural season in the capital, the attacker scored 33 goals in 35 games - but this was just the start of things to come: he scored 53, 60, 55 goals in all competitions in the following seasons, respectively.

His best season so far is 61 goals in 54 games - and a goal every game plus change.

During his time in Madrid, Ronaldo has scored 450 goals in 438 games, making him their all-time leading goal-scorer. In La Liga, he is the second highest goal-scorer of all, netting 311 times, with Lionel Messi ahead on 383.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But there's argument that, if they weren't playing football at the same time, they both wouldn't be as dominant as they have been on the world stage.

But the Ronaldo-Messi period could soon end. After his fourth Champions League win with Real in five years, Ronaldo hinted that he might be looking for a move away from Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

It's similar to news of his unrest around the same time last season,but it's thought that the saga will soon blow over soon and Ronaldo will stay.

Ronaldo and Real seem to be separable in Spain - but in football, anything is possible.

Jacque Talbot
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