On Saturday, or at the latest on Tuesday, it will happen. After a glittering transfer towards the end of the transfer window, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return to wearing the Manchester United red shirt, for the first time since 2009, at Old Trafford against Newcastle or against the Young Boys in the Champions League. This will be his second debut for the Red Devils, and his fifth at the club during his career, and England have looked at what the Portuguese star’s debut seasons have looked like in his previous teams.
Sporting Lisbon (2002/03) – True, he did not come to the club as a player. Still, this is the beginning of his professional path. Ronaldo made his senior debut at the age of 16, and a year later played for the first time in the Premier League in a 4-2 loss to Braga. A game later he had already started in the squad and even scored a double in a 0: 3 win over Morriensa, and although he scored another goal two weeks later, he finished the season with just five goals and two assists.
Manchester United (2003/04) – After Alex Ferguson was impressed with the Portuguese in a warm-up game against United, and defeated Liverpool and Arsenal in a struggle to sign him, he immediately became the car player in the Red Devils who parted that summer full of none other than David Beckham. CR7 started to show sparks, but only in his ninth game in the Premier League did he enter the statistics with a goal and a 0-3 draw over Portsmouth.
As Ronaldo acclimatized more to the new country, this was also evident in the pitch and he was one of the standout players to win the English Cup that season with two goals, one of them in a 3-0 final over Millwall and four more assists. In all competitions it ended with six goals and nine assists, and in the following seasons it has already led to three championships, a break in the Champions League, two League Cups, one Community Shield and a Club World Cup.
Ronaldo and United celebrate goal in cup final (Getty)
Real Madrid (2009/10) – With quite a few expectations on his back, especially given the price tag of the most valuable player in history, Ronaldo landed at the Santiago Bernabeu and did not disappoint with four goals in his first five games in La Liga, all of which ended in victory. Then came an ankle injury, which slightly interrupted the momentum of the star and his team, and yet it was his best debut season, even though it ended without a title under Manuel Pellegrini. In his only season at CR9, he scored 26 league goals, with the longest “drought” lasting three games, alongside seven Champions League conquests and 11 assists in all competitions.
Juventus (2018/19) – After the well-publicized separation from Real Madrid, Cristiano needed four games to score his first goal in Serie A, with a 2-1 double against Sesotho. It went on with seven goals and four assists in his first 10 games, and the old lady actually did not lose at all until March, and a total of only three times that season. For the Portuguese, it amounted to 21 goals in the league and 28 in total, along with 11 assists, on the way to winning the championship and the Super Cup.
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