15 Years Ago: Cristiano Ronaldo Signed For Manchester United And The Rest Is History
15 years ago in Manchester, 67,647 people rose to their feet to celebrate a memorable 30 minute cameo from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United held a narrow one-goal advantage against bogey-side Bolton, but when a young winger from Portugal entered the fray, things changed.
Days before his grand entrance at Old Trafford, this skinny, gangly teenager with Spaghetti-like string running through his hair was pictured alongside Kleberson as fans got their first glimpse of their future star.
On this day 15 years ago, Manchester United signed a teenager from Sporting Lisbon, named Cristiano Ronaldo, who went on to become one of the greatest players of all time. His honours at the club include:- R:tm: (@RealTalkMUFC) August 12, 2018
PL: 3 x :trophy:
UCL: 1 x :trophy:
FA Cup: 1 x :trophy:
League Cup: 2 x :trophy:
FIFA CWC: 1 x :trophy: pic.twitter.com/OK42WPyt0k
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro's debut against the club, 10 days previous to his Old Trafford bow, was the start of his unbelievable journey to the top.
"The first game I played against Manchester United was an unbelievable game, the perfect night." Ronaldo reminisced.
"When I listened after the game some of my team-mates said 'listen, you are going to go to Manchester, trust me. Sir Alex Ferguson is there and wants to speak with you.
"So I went to the dressing room and he introduced me to the players, which for me was a little bit fun because I was a little shy.
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"Alex Ferguson then said to me 'I want you now'. Everything came so fast and two days later I spoke to the coach and they took me to England. Then I was in Manchester and I signed." Ronaldo said during the launch of his new range of CR7 boot.
On this day 15 year ago, Manchester United signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon. He has since gone on to become the greatest footballer the world has ever seen :goat:- Simply Utd (@SimplyUtd) August 12, 2018
:stadium: 292 Games
:soccer: 118 Goals
:trophy: 9 Trophies
The memories will live on forever :innocent: #mufc pic.twitter.com/IdKMStQxp4
Ronaldo would later cement himself into the hearts of United fans around the world, but his contribution and personality towards the club has earned him nothing but respect from plenty elsewhere, whether that be in or outside of the game.
In those seven years he spent at Old Trafford, Ronaldo recorded the highest number of goals scored to win the Premier League Golden Boot for a 38-game season: 31 goals (shared with Alan Shearer & Luis Suarez).
He was also the first player to win all four main PFA and FWA awards, the first and only Manchester United player to win the European Golden Shoe and the first and only Manchester United player to win the Fifa World Player of the Year.
Before all of the glory, though, it's great to look back at the fresh-faced Ronaldo, standing next the great Sir Alex Ferguson. It puts things into perspective.
What a journey it has been.
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