The 2008 Champions League final was a rollercoaster of emotions for Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the 26th minute of play, Ronaldo planted a header past Petr Cech from Wes Brown’s cross to put Sir Alex Ferguson‘s side 1-0 ahead.
Frank Lampard then equalised just before half-time in Moscow, with the rain-soaked game eventually going to penalties.
And in the shootout, Ronaldo temporarily hit rock bottom after Cech saved his spot kick.
That looked as if it would be the moment that cost United the Champions League, but John Terry’s infamous slip handed them another life.
Edwin van der Sar then got the better of Nicolas Anelka in sudden death to secure club football’s biggest prize for the men in red.
Ronaldo was face down on the floor in tears after his teammate’s save, which was certainly understandable given that he was the width of a post away from being the fall guy.
But Ronaldo certainly didn’t let his emotions get the better of him for long.
Why do we say that? Well, according to his cousin Nuno Viveiros, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner actually went to train when the team arrived back in Manchester that evening.
Ronaldo went to train after 2008 Champions League final win
“I lived with Cristiano in Manchester for five years, an unforgettable experience,” Viveiros is quoted as telling Tuttosport by The Sun. “The night when the team won the Champions League in 2008. Do you remember the final of Moscow with Chelsea that ended on penalties?
“Terry slides into the right post of the goal and at the end Van der Sar saves Anelka’s shot.
“Do you know what Cristiano did when we got back to Manchester that night? He went to train.
“He went to train after becoming a champion. European Champion at the age of twenty-three, he is like that, he’s a real son of Madeira.”
Is it really any wonder Ronaldo is still going strong at the age of 37? The man is an absolute machine and his commitment levels border on scary.
The global icon went on to win the Champions League four more times with Real Madrid after his maiden success in 2008.
Ronaldo is also the competition’s leading scorer and assister. He really is a one-off, a footballing superman is ever there was one.