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TIMELINE - Cristiano Ronaldo career highlights

11 Jun 2009 12:45:00

TIMELINE - Cristiano Ronaldo career highlights

Cristiano Ronaldo career highlights. 2001 - Scored twice on his Sporting debut against Moreirense. 2003 - Caught the eye of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson during a friendly and subsequently moved to Old Trafford for 12.24 million pounds ($20.08 million) on August 12. - Scored his first United goal with a free kick in a 3-0 win over Portsmouth in November. 2004 - Scored opening goal in United's 3-0 FA Cup final win over Millwall and voted the club's 2003/04 Player of the Year in his debut season. 2006 - Became embroiled in an incident involving his United team mate Wayne Rooney during England's World Cup quarter-final against Portugal. Cameras caught him winking at his bench after Rooney was sent off. 2007 - Helped United to their first Premier League title in four years, scoring his 50th goal against rivals Manchester City. - Joined Andy Gray (1977) as the only footballers to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards in the same season. 2008 - Scored his first hat trick for the club against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on January 12. - Scored both goals against Bolton Wanderers on March 19 as he captained United for the first time. - Scored the Champions League final's opening goal against Chelsea, only to miss in the penalty shootout after the match finished 1-1. United went on to win 6-5. - Finished the 2007/08 season with a career-high 42 goals and voted European Footballer of the Year and World Footballer of the Year among other awards. - Heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid with United reporting the Spanish club to FIFA over their public courting of the player. 2009 - Hints of unrest in his relationship with Ferguson when he walks straight down the tunnel after being substituted against rivals Manchester City. - Problems arise again when Ferguson argues with Ronaldo during a match against Wigan after the Portugal winger misses a scoring chance. - Helped United to the Premier League title. - United's Champions League final against Barcelona was dubbed 'Ronaldo v Lionel Messi'. The Argentine outshone Ronaldo as Barcelona ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. HONOURS Premier League 2007, 2008, 2009 FA Cup 2004 League Cup 2006, 2009 Champions League 2008 FIFA World Club Cup 2008


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