Cristiano Ronaldo is virtually unrecognisable from the player who joined Real Madrid from Manchester United eight years ago.
Check out Ronaldo’s early performances for Los Blancos and you’ll see that, at times, he appeared more focused on showing off his skills and humiliating opponents than scoring goals.
That soon changed once Jose Mourinho arrived at the Bernabeu in 2010. Ronaldo scored 33 goals during his debut campaign with Madrid and then netted 50 goals or more in each of the next six seasons.
The Portuguese superstar has cemented his status as one of the most lethal goalscorers in the history of football with Madrid.
Yes, he showed signs of his remarkable goalscoring ability at Old Trafford – during the 2007-08 season he bagged 42 goals in 49 games – but nobody could have imagined that he’d become Madrid’s all-time leading scorer after completing his £80 million transfer back in June 2009.
Ronaldo has adjusted his game superbly
Because age is catching up with Ronaldo, he’s been forced to adjust his game over the past couple of seasons.
It’s now very rare to see the four-time Ballon d’Or winner dribble past opponents, whereas that was the only thing he was interested in doing when he began his illustrious career.
Video: Ronaldo produces epic dribble against Tottenham
However, during Madrid’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Ronaldo rolled back the years and produced a quite sensational run which got everyone excited.
After picking the ball up near the halfway line, the 32-year-old beat three Spurs players – showing pace and trickery we haven’t seen for some time – and then drilled a low, left-footed strike which forced a save from Hugo Lloris.
You can watch Ronaldo’s dribble in all its glory here…
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And now Ronaldo fans are using this as evidence to prove that their hero is, indeed, still capable of producing magical runs past opponents.