Ron­aldo’s top five Madrid mo­ments

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CRIS­TIANO RON­ALDO trade­marks amongst a record run of scor­ing in six straight Cla­si­cos.


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.


Madrid pres­i­dent Florentino Perez splurged a then-world record €94 mil­lion (RM437m) on Ron­aldo with one prin­ci­pal aim: “La Decima” – Madrid’s 10th Euro­pean Cup. Af­ter four years of heartache, in­clud­ing three con­sec­u­tive semi­fi­nal ex­its, Ron­aldo and Real de­liv­ered by down­ing cross-city 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”.

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