Time travel. 12 years ago to the day, the real Madrid received for the first time a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, presented to Real fans at the legendary Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. That day, 80,000 aficionados had come to the stadium (a record then held by Diego Maradona in Naples) to discover their new star striker, transferred from Manchester United for an unprecedented amount at the time, 95 million euros. Foot on 7 takes you back years to make you relive the legendary transfer of the five-time Ballon d’Or to Real, Cristiano Ronaldo.
In 2009, CR7 left Manchester United, voted best player on the planet
To recontextualize, Cristiano Ronaldo is then considered a real superstar in the Premier League, the Portuguese wins everything with the Manchester United shirt. In 2008, CR7 was voted best player on the planet for the first time and received the Ballon d’Or, crowning a season in which he won the Champions League under the orders of Alex Ferguson. The 2008-2009 financial year left a bitter taste in Ronaldo, while the Red Devils won the English championship for the third time in a row, the Portuguese teammates lost in the final of the Champions League against FC Barcelona. He does not know it yet, but very quickly, Barça and his Argentine striker Messi, will become the great rivals of the Portuguese striker during the following decade.
Cristiano Ronaldo signs at Real for a record amount
On June 26, 2009, after two years of rumors, Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, to sign for Real Madrid under a 6-year contract, and an amount of 94 million euros, a record at the time. During its presentation, 80,000 spectators come, which is again an attendance record for a presentation. At that moment, Florentino Pérez and Real Madrid know that the club is entering a new era, that of Cristiano Ronaldo. If the number 7 is inseparable from the Portuguese player, he nevertheless opts for the number 9 in his debut, which makes him identical to his Brazilian namesake. The player goes very quickly to number 7, driven by the concern of his neo-president, to see the supporters not buying the right Ronaldo’s jersey.
If the striker’s debut is sluggish, especially after an injury that came early in the season against OM, the rest is history. Converted into a true ambassador of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo takes the club into another dimension, and wins all the trophies possible including 4 Champions Leagues (three in a row) and 4 other Ballons d’Or. His rivalry with his Argentinian competitor from Barça, Lionel Messi, is one of the most exciting in football. His performance at Real remains one of the most stratospheric. In 438 games, CR7 will have scored 450 goals!
Years later, now 36, Cristiano Ronaldo comes out of three seasons in Italy at Juventus, where he will have exceeded 100 goals. Today, his future is more than uncertain, at the end of his contract next year, the player could leave Turin to take up a new challenge, why not in a new championship.