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Thierry Henry Confirms Exactly Who Is The 'Real' Ronaldo

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Thierry Henry Confirms Exactly Who Is The 'Real' Ronaldo

We can all stop calling Manchester United's forward by the name 'Ronaldo,' Thierry Henry has decreed it!


For years confusion has reigned down on football conversations as fans have had to explain exactly who they've meant when saying the name 'Ronaldo.'


Sure, there has been time when context has dictated exactly who someone is talking about, like when someone is talking about United, or a free kick flying directly into a wall.

However there has also been plenty of times when one has had to explain they're not talking about the five time Ballon d'Or winner and instead the 2002 World Cup winning Brazil striker.

That ends now though, with Henry saying that the name 'Ronaldo' is referring to Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, or 'the real Ronaldo' and 'Cristiano' refers to United's oft criticised forward.

Asked on brilliant tv segment 'In the Mixer' whether he'd ever asked for another player's shirt, Henry said, "Ronaldo. R9. The Real Ronaldo.


"For me, how many Ronaldo’s did you know growing up?"

"The real one? To call him the ‘real Ronaldo’ now when we’ve got Cristiano…" Carragher replied.

"Ronaldo is R9. Cristiano is Cristiano Ronaldo," the Frenchman retorted.


So there we have it!

Obviously you're free to not listen to the former Arsenal striker, lord knows I'll still be referring to the 37-year-old forward as 'Ronaldo' in my articles.

The all time Champions League goal scorer was in action in the tournament on Wednesday night, as United faced Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.

His arrival in the Spanish capital led to a standing ovation for both himself and fellow former Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, ahead of the game.

It wasn't a great night for Ronaldo and his teammates. Image: PA Images
It wasn't a great night for Ronaldo and his teammates. Image: PA Images

The Premier League side were far from their best against Diego Simeone's side and found themselves 1-0 down after just seven minutes thanks to Joao Felix's brilliant header.

Ralf Rangnick's side were lucky to still be in the game later on and played poorly throughout, however they were saved by second half substitute Anthony Elanga.

The teenager came on to score his first goal in the Champions League and earn his side a draw, unfortunately for United the abolishment of the away goal rule means they still need to get a goal at the return leg at Old Trafford.


How they'd love to be able to play Ronaldo in the game....the 'real one'....from Brazil....Ronaldo...

Featured Image Credit: PA/CBS

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Premier League, Ronaldo, Ronaldo Nazario, Brazil, Manchester United, Champions League, Real Madrid

Ryan Sidle
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