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Five of Ronaldo's past debuts in different competitions

  • Published at 07:06 pm September 11th, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo

Five of Ronaldo's past debuts for country and different clubs 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo would be making his second debut at some point against Newcastle United Saturday in the Premier League.

Before his second homecoming, here we take a look at five of his previous debuts in different competitions, across three countries:

Sporting v Inter, Champions League qualifying third round, August 14, 2002

For a player who would go on to become one of the greatest footballers of all time, Ronaldo's debut was surprisingly understated.

The 17-year old played 32 minutes of a goalless draw in Lisbon which was followed by another three substitute appearances after impressing the coaching staff during pre-season.

Ronaldo had to wait for his first start in a Primeira Liga game against Moreirense where he scored twice for Sporting and announced himself to the world.

Man Utd v Bolton, Premier League, August 16, 2003

A year later Ronaldo made his United debut after thoroughly impressing Sir Alex Ferguson during a pre-season friendly in Portugal.

Emerging at Old Trafford 29 minutes from the end of the game, the 18-year old had a hand in three goals for the Red Devils as Ronaldo's pace and trickery left Bolton's defenders feeling dizzy.

Sir Alex described it as "a marvellous debut", but it was nothing compared to what would follow.

Portugal v Kazakhstan, friendly, August 20, 2003

Just four days after his United debut, Ronaldo made his first senior appearance for his national team.

After coming on at half-time, Ronaldo nearly scored within a minute after doing a trademark weaving run before slamming a shot at the goalkeeper.

That goalscoring threat was clearly a sign of things to come with Ronaldo now the leading goalscorer in international football.

Real Madrid v Deportivo, LaLiga, August 29, 2009

After signing for a then-world record transfer fee of £80m there was plenty of expectation around Ronaldo's Real debut.

Thankfully he gave the demanding supporters what they wanted after scoring a penalty in a 3-2 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It eased the pressure on the Portuguese star and set him on the way to scoring a staggering 451 goals in 438 competitive appearances for the Spanish giants.

Juventus v Chievo, Serie A, August 18, 2018

After nine years with Real, Ronaldo moved to Turin and was immediately the centre of attention.

After being denied a number of times by Stefano Sorrentino, Ronaldo was penalized for handball in the build-up to what Juve thought was a late winner.

Thankfully for him the Italian giants managed to grab a goal late on to spare his blushes and ensure that he wasn't in line for criticism on his Juve debut.

Source: Talk Sports