Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ron's Best

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ron's Best

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¦ MAKING AN EARLY IMPRESSION Ronaldo became the world's most expensive teenager when United paid £12.24m to Portuguese club Sporting before the 2003-04 season. Handed the No.7 shirt previously made famous by George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham, the 18-year-old came off the bench against Bolton for his dazzling debut.

¦ GLORY, GLORY, MAN UNITED ARSENAL'S 'Invincibles' dominated Ronaldo's first season in English football but the youngster would not go empty-handed, and he left his imprint at the Millennium Stadium to help United to glory in the FA Cup. Ronaldo stole in at the back post to head home Gary Neville's cross, claiming his first trophy in English football.

¦ THAT FREE-KICK Ronaldo's free-kick routine is practised by amateurs across the land and that was in evidence when he scored what may have been his most memorable goal during his six years at United. …

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