2006â€™s Carling Cup final between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic was a defining moment in Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s career as a young Red Devil player.
A 59 minute strike made the red crowd go bananas as Man U were then leading Wigan 3-0 at that stage. Most of all, Ronaldo had responded to the publicâ€™s critics by scoring in the final.
The so-called dancing clown therefore proved that he was a talented chap capable of scoring on big occasions.
Since then, Cristiano Ronaldo has developed into a matured Superstar winger and Fortsätt läsa Carling Cup Final showdown this Sunday â€“ Ronaldo to dazzle
It seems like Manchester Unitedâ€™s struggling billionaire rivals are looking at someone elseâ€™s plate instead of concentrating on their own business.
The Sky Blues had their influential winger Shaun Wright-Phillips banned for three games after retaliating at Stoke Cityâ€™s Rory Delap last weekend.
The incident came very much at the discontent of Marc Hughes who didnâ€™t hide his emotions:
”We were disappointed Shaun got the three games as we felt there were mitigating circumstances. There seems to have been similar situations in recent days that havenâ€™t been punished as hard,” Hughes said in the Daily Mail. Fortsätt läsa Blog – Cityâ€™s Marc Hughes: Wright-Phillips was punished, why not Ronaldo?
At the majority of the publicâ€™s surprise, last nightâ€™s most anticipated clash featuring Mourinhoâ€™s Inter Milan and Fergieâ€™s United didnâ€™t produce any goal.
However, the score line doesnâ€™t mean that the game was deprived of intrigue and excitement as one may suggest.
And the man at the centre of all the attraction was none other than Fifaâ€™s Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Superstar winger displayed a scintillating performance in the whole of the 90 minutes, tearing down Inter Milan’s defense that could only thank the heavens for having Julio Cesar in post.
Ronaldoâ€™s first touch of the ball was terrific, pushing Interâ€™s defenders to the extreme. Fortsätt läsa World Player of the Year Ronaldo shines but Man U draw 0-0 against Inter Milan.
Tonight’s Champions League encounter features arguably the most anticipated clash of this stage. It will be a battle between Italy and England, between the Seria A Champions and the English, European and World Champions, between Mourinho and Alex Ferguson, and between Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic.
Probably everyone is aware of the curse that has touched every defending European Champion in these recent years: They always fail to reach the last 8. The 2006 Champions League winners Barcelona suffered the exit in the hands of Liverpool in 2007, while 2007 winners AC Milan bowed out against Wenger’s youthful Arsenal – all at this same stage of the competition.
It looks like Mourinho’s Inter Milan – who are yet to leave up to expectations in Europe – are up to cause the same misery to United.
However, the hungry Red Devils are aiming to break down this curse and retain their title which is their priority this year.
One man who is well aware of the challenge presented by Inter Milan is Manchester United’s Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo: Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo: ”It’s time to kill, or be killed”
Manchester United played Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers on Saturday evening in a game where a win for the Reds would put title challengers Liverpool in a difficult position.
With the game being all square after Santa Cruz’s goal canceled out Rooney’s first half strike, the pressure was mounting on the Devils to pick up all three points at home.
Ronaldo was once again the victim of controversy as he escaped punishment after kicking out Blackburn’s David Dunn. The referee decided to let him go away with a warning only but then had him yellow carded after he appeared to have dived just outside the penalty box later on. Fortsätt läsa Rocket Ronaldo sends United ramping at the top of the table
Manchester United hosted Fulham on Wednesday night in the Premier League in a game where a win would see them widen the gap to five points beyond second placed Liverpool.
Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo started the game but it was Scholes, Berbatov and, substitute Wayne Rooney who grabbed the ball for the Mancunians.
This means that Ronaldo has missed the chance to go at least one better than Robinho in the Goal King Chart. The reigning Golden Boot winner is still locked on 11 goals like Cityâ€™s number 10, behind Chelseaâ€™s Anelka who has 14 goals in his name.
But scoring goals isnâ€™t Ronaldoâ€™s main concern. Fortsätt läsa Ronaldo: Team first, goals after
In Manchester United’s FA Cup win over Derby County last Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo’s disallowed goal provoke quite a lot of controversy, especially after television replays proved that the referees decision was wrong.
The Portuguese Star became the victim of wrong judgement (for the thousandth time this season) as good officiating would have see him hit his 22nd brace for United and his 15th goal of the season.
However, if the match referee Rob Styles was the devil of the day, Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t an angel either. The hot-tempered Star winger broke controversy once more after cameras showed him Fortsätt läsa More controversy in Derby v Man U as Ronaldo apparently spitted on Savage.
CRFâ€™s Chief Editor, Angela Asante (myself) aka Jâ€™Lah, takes the opportunity to ask viewers one simple question:
How did you come to know and love Ronaldo?
As a personal fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, I would now like to understand what happened before the Portuguese ace became YOUR favorite player in the entire planet.
Want to know about my own story? Just read that: Fortsätt läsa Tell me how you came to love Ronaldo…
It was supposed to be his 22nd brace for the club and his 5th header of the season (should I take in account the disallowed header against Chelsea). Instead, it was only his first FA Cup goal of the campaign.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored three minutes into the second half to help United trash Derby 4-1 in the FA Cup 5th round on Sunday evening. And to tell the truth, it is all due to the Redsâ€™ ability to in front of goal that the match officials did not make the headlines.
Not for the first time this season, Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal controversially disallowed. The reason: it was said to be offside. Fortsätt läsa Ronaldo’s achievements under the effects of wrong officiating
Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s switch from English Club Manchester United to Real Madrid this coming June has become a bigger probability following recent reports from the Spanish media.
In addition to the fact that the CR9 tag is now a brand on the market â€“ which might explain that Ronaldo could be a Madrid player where he will carry the number 9 jersey â€“ there have also been good news from a Los Blancos point of view, as Madrid have received a considerable help to boost their bid for the Portuguese Superstar. Fortsätt läsa Ronaldo to Madrid in June 2009? â€“ Itâ€™s only up to him to decide