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Remembering when an Exeter player humiliated Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo made history once again last night as he became the first player to reach 100 goals in European football.

The Portuguese superstar bagged a brace against Bayern Munich as Real Madrid triumphed 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in their Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Twelve years ago, though, and the stage was slightly different for Ronaldo.

Ronaldo and his United teammates travelled to St. James’ Park to take on Exeter City in the FA Cup in January 2005.

And the Red Devils didn’t have it all their own way after an incredible 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in the original tie against their lower league opponents.

However, in the replay, goals from Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney saw United final overcome Exeter.

But Ronaldo left that match with his tail very firmly between his legs, despite the win.

That’s because Exeter’s Scott Hiley proceeded to humiliate him with a cheeky nutmeg - much to the delight of the home fans.

Ronaldo humiliated

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Hiley 'ruined' him

Recently, Hiley gave an interview to Devon Live and joked about his moment of fame.

"It seems like I ruined his career, didn't I?" Hiley joked. "I completely ruined him – if that hadn't happened, he might have gone on to be an exceptional player.

"He's done very, very well and he is an exceptional player.

"He was very young at the time but I can just remember he had amazingly quick feet and you'd always try and keep your eye on the ball but you'd be mesmerised by his feet, they were so quick.

"He was very quick off the mark as well – he was very quick off those first two or three yards.

"He was just an exciting player and everyone was looking forward to seeing him.

"When I did the nutmeg, I probably annoyed him a little and he ended up scoring, so it must have annoyed him a little bit."

While Ronaldo has gone on to become one of the greatest players to have played the game, Hiley will no doubt be telling everyone he meets about the time he mugged him off.

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