Cristiano Ronaldo makes his long-awaited return to English shores tonight, with Real Madrid set to take on Manchester City in the Champions League at the Etihad Stadium.
The Portuguese winger enjoyed six stunning seasons in the Premier League before leaving Manchester United, with Los Blancos paying a world record £80 million to take the player to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Success has unsurprisingly followed the 27-year-old to La Liga, although some of his finest moments to-date came with the Red Devils under the guidance of manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
And, to celebrate his English comeback, GiveMeFootball compiles the superstar’s five greatest goals in the country where he made his name.
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Fulham 1-2 Manchester United – 24th February, 2007
An 88th minute winner from Ronaldo at Craven Cottage, moving United nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table in a game they deserved to lose.
United had a habit of winning without playing well, and this victory was a pivotal moment in securing the winger’s first domestic title since joining the club.
Manchester United 2-0 Portsmouth – 30th January, 2008
Ronaldo scored a number of great free-kicks during his time at United, but this cracker against Portsmouth is surely the best of the bunch.
25-yards from goal, Ronaldo struck the ball in his unique style, and it flew into the top corner with David James rooted to the spot.
Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa – 29th March, 2008
An outrageous flick from 12-yards helps sum up Ronaldo’s time in England.
A Ryan Giggs corner found its way to Ronaldo off the chest of Rio Ferdinand, and his Cruyff-style flick had enough venom to beat Scott Carson and set United on their way.
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United – 5th May, 2009
The man for the big occasion, Ronaldo struck twice to break Arsenal hearts in the Champions League semi-final at the Emirates Stadium, and both goals were absolute classics.
His first was a 40-yard free-kick on 11 minutes that put the Gunners on the back-foot immediately, whilst his second was the icing on the cake as he beat Manuel Almunia on a classic United breakaway.
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