After 9 glorious seasons in La Liga, Ronaldo finally bids farewell from the Los Blancos. One of the best players of Real Madrid, if not, the best, has left behind a legacy and has left a number of memorable moments for the fans to cherish. Here are top 5 moments during Crisitiano Ronaldo’s time in Spain.
After agreeing to pay a record-breaking amount of 80 million at the time to Manchester United for the transfer of C.Ron, he was presented to 80,000 fans at the Bernabeu. Surpassing the 75,000 fans who welcomed Maradona at Napoli, Ronaldo received the number 9 shirt, since club captain Raul wore 7, presented by Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano.
His first major trophy with Real Madrid
This came during the 2010-2011 season, when Real Madrid beat their “El Clasico” rival Barcelona to win the Copa Del Rey. This was a much prouder moment for Ronaldo since he scored the only goal in the game during the 13th minute of extra time, securing the 18th Copa Del Rey for the Los Blancos.
Ronaldo won his second Ballon D’or in 2013 after having a rather quite remarkable season at Madrid, scoring 55 goals out of 55 appearances in all competitions. Ever since then, besides the one in 2015, he succeeded in securing his name in first place when it came to winning the Ballon D’or.
Champions League Glory
Ronaldo claimed his first Uefa Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in 2014, beating their derby rivals, Athletico Madrid (4-1) after extra time. Ronaldo played a major role for the club when they won 5 straight finals and claimed the Champions League trophy, scoring most of the goals for the club and becoming the top scorer in the competition for 6 years straight. He also became the first player to score more than 100 goals after beating Bayern Munich in the 2017 final.
The Overhead kick in Turin
Perhaps the moment that made Ronaldo rethink his career at Madrid, Juventus lost to Real at the Allianz Arena, their home turf. The highlight of the game was Ronaldo’s goal through an overhead kick, which came during the 64th minute, giving Madrid a 2-0 lead and marking his brace in the game. What was more admirable was the standing ovation that the crowd gave to Ronaldo after the game had ended.