Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarkable nine-year spell at Real Madrid will be remembered for as long as football exists.
Madrid raised eyebrows when they smashed the world-record transfer fee to bring the Portuguese forward to the Bernabeu from Manchester United in 2009 - forking out £80 million for his services - but it proved to be one of the best value-for-money signings of the modern era.
Ronaldo ended up scoring a ridiculous 450 goals in 438 matches for Los Blancos; stats that may never be repeated again.
That worked out as an incredible average of 50 goals every season.
As well as claiming four Ballon d’Or awards, Ronaldo also helped Madrid win a host of major titles including two La Liga trophies, two Copas del Rey and four Champions Leagues.
Despite the fact he turned 33 months earlier, Madrid managed to make a £20 million profit on the Portuguese legend in the summer, selling him to Juventus for £100 million.
Considering how things have gone this season, though - for both Madrid and Ronaldo - you suspect Florentino Perez wouldn’t let the five-time Ballon d’Or winner go anywhere if he could make the decision again.
Ronaldo hit 60+ goals in all competitions in two of his nine seasons for Los Blancos; once in 2011-12, and again in 2014-15.
A video has been posted on social media which shows some of Ronaldo’s best moments from the 2011-12 campaign - and he was an actual beast.
Because he’s turned into an out-and-out poacher over the past few years, it’s sometimes easy to forget just how unstoppable he used to be.
But this two-minute video helps to remind us all that, back then, Ronaldo was the man.
Watch it here…
Searing pace, raw power, the ability to score from all angles with both his left and right feet, trickery, vision… Ronaldo had it all.
He’s still one of the world’s best players, of course, but he truly was a special player at his peak - and this was probably the season we saw peak Ronaldo.
Curiously, you could argue this was also the season we saw peak Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona icon scored an insane 73 goals that season - a tally he hasn’t come close to matching since.News Now - Sport News