Ron­aldo’s top 5 Madrid mo­ments

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Cris­tiano Ron­aldo signed a new Real Madrid deal yes­ter­day, ty­ing him to the Span­ish gi­ants un­til 2021. AFP Sports looks at some of Ron­aldo’s finest mo­ments since join­ing Madrid from Manch­ester United in 2009:

PEP’S BARCA BEATEN

Amidst a run of four heated El Cla­sico clashes be­tween Pep Guardi­ola’s all-con­quer­ing Barcelona and Jose Mour­inho’s Madrid in the spring of 2011, Madrid struck first blood. Ron­aldo’s tow­er­ing ex­tra-time header was the first goal he had scored from open play against Barcelona in eight matches and pre­vented Guardi­ola’s Barca from do­ing the tre­ble of La Liga, Cham­pi­ons League and Copa del Rey for the sec­ond time in three sea­sons.

CAMP NOU SI­LENCED

A year later Ron­aldo de­liv­ered his only league ti­tle in seven full sea­sons in Spain by scor­ing the win­ner in a 2-1 tri­umph at the Camp Nou which ended Barca’s dom­i­na­tion of Span­ish foot­ball and pre­cip­i­tated Guardi­ola’s de­ci­sion to step down as coach. Ron­aldo’s cel­e­bra­tion as he wheeled away, say­ing “calm down, I’m here”, be­came one of his trade­marks amongst a record run of scor­ing in six straight Cla­si­cos.

FI­NALLY TOPPLES MESSI

De­thron­ing Barcelona at the top of La Liga wasn’t enough to top­ple ri­val Lionel Messi’s run of win­ning the Bal­lon d’Or for four straight years be­tween 2009 and 2012. How­ever, Ron­aldo fi­nally over­came the Ar­gen­tine in 2013 de­spite a tro­phy­less sea­son with Madrid thanks to a spec­tac­u­lar 66 goals in 56 games for club and coun­try. Ron­aldo’s de­light was ev­i­dent as he cried tears of joy at the award cer­e­mony in Zurich.

DE­LIV­ERS ‘LA DECIMA’

Madrid pres­i­dent Florentino Perez splurged a then-world record 94 mil­lion eu­ros ($104 mil­lion at cur­rent rates) on Ron­aldo with one prin­ci­pal aim: “La Decima”-Madrid’s 10th Eu­ro­pean Cup. Af­ter four years of heartache, in­clud­ing three con­sec­u­tive semi-fi­nal ex­its, Ron­aldo and Real de­liv­ered by down­ing cross­c­ity ri­vals Atletico Madrid on Ron­aldo’s re­turn to Lis­bon, where he started his ca­reer at Sport­ing. Ron­aldo’s goal in the fi­nal was Real’s fourth as they ran riot in the ex­tra 30 min­utes af­ter Ser­gio Ramos’s stop­page-time equaliser de­nied Atletico a first Cham­pi­ons League. How­ever, Ron­aldo’s role can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated as he smashed a com­pe­ti­tion record 17 goals over the sea­son. Two years on, the same two sides met in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in Mi­lan ear­lier this year and once again ended with a Ron­aldo penalty. This time his strike was de­ci­sive as Real edged a penalty shootout af­ter the Madrid duo were tied at 1-1 af­ter 120 min­utes. As in Lis­bon, tears and a top­less cel­e­bra­tion fol­lowed. Later in the sum­mer Ron­aldo was in­stru­men­tal in se­cur­ing Por­tu­gal’s first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tri­umph, at Euro 2016, de­spite de­part­ing the fi­nal in­jured and in tears, lead­ing him to de­scribe the past sea­son as a “dream year”.

— AFP

MADRID: Real Madrid’s Por­tuguese for­ward Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (C), club pres­i­dent Florentino Perez and Ron­aldo’s mother Maria Dolores dos San­tos Aveiro pose dur­ing the of­fi­cial pre­sen­ta­tion of Ron­aldo’s con­tract re­newal, in the pres­i­den­tial box at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu sta­dium in Madrid yes­ter­day. Real Madrid and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo have agreed an ex­ten­sion to the player’s con­tract, keep­ing him at the club un­til the 30th of June 2021.

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