Cristiano Ronaldo: Man Utd legend trained after winning 2008 Champions League final

The 2008 Champions League final was a rollercoaster of emotions for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United‘s main man was comfortably the best footballer on the planet throughout 2007/08 and lived up to that billing in the first half of the all-English encounter against Chelsea.

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.

Man Utd players with the Champions League trophy
MOSCOW – MAY 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United lifts the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, 2008 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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.

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Cristiano Ronaldo after beating Chelsea in 2008 Champions League final
MOSCOW – MAY 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United bites his winners medal following his team’s victory during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, 2008 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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.”

Cristiano Ronaldo with Man Utd in 2008
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – DECEMBER 15: Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Manchester United arrives for training session at Marinos Town on December 15, 2008 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)

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.

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