Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the grandest individual prize in Ballon d’Or in 2008, was a constant target for Real Madrid for a long time, however, Manchester United were reluctant to let him go. Madrid’s pursuit of the winger was so intense that Manchester United officially launched a complaint against the Galacticos in June 2008, accusing the Spanish outfit of the alleged pursuit of their player. This led to a new term being formed “modern slavery” as the then FIFA president Sepp Blatter stated that a player should be allowed to leave his club.
Eventually in 2009, after winning three consecutive Premier League crown and a UEFA Champions League medal, Ronaldo made his move to Real Madrid. Ronaldo’s to Real coincided with the return of Florentino Pérez – under whom the first wave of the ‘Galactico’ arrived at Santiago Bernabeu – as club president. In the same year, Real Madrid signed Kaka from AC Milan for £56m. And with Ronaldo arriving at a whopping price of £80 million, he became the then most expensive player in the history of the sport.
Ronaldo was presented in front of the fans a month later and the Portuguese shattered yet another record. Near to 80,000 spectators turned up to see him live and in the process, he broke a long 25-year record of 75,000 fans who welcomed Diego Maradona at Napoli back in 1984.
Since moving to Madrid, Ronaldo has not only been a prolific scorer, but has established himself as one of the best players to have ever graced a footballing field. In just 265 appearances, he has bagged 285 goals and is the club’s highest goal scorer. Shattering a number of records in the process, Ronaldo has won two La Liga titles with Real Madrid so far and yes, not to forget three UEFA Champions League crown.
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