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Players Review 08/09: Cristiano Ronaldo

Though Ronaldo is off to Madrid, he won't escape our season review. He's next in the line after Rio Ferdinand (the number six, Wes Brown, did not play enough games for an individual review) so the timing is perfect.

Cristiano Ronaldo

b>Position: Erm... let's say that 'attacker', that's certain.

b>Squad number: 7 (he'll lose this though)

b>Games played: 53 (5 as a substitute)

b>Goals scored: 26

Best game of the season

His majestic, irresistible performance at the Emirates Stadium in May. He set up a goal and scored a brace: a stunning long-range free-kick and a cool lob after sprinting 70 yards off the pitch to finish off a counter-attack which he had started. Magnificent, unforgettable, devastating. It seems ridiculous to recall now that Arsenal were regarded as favourites in the press before the games... of course they are always hailed as the best team ever if they manage to play two good games in a row.

Worst game of the season

He got stick for his Champions League final performance which was entirely unjustified: isolated up front after the 10th minute he could do little... However, he had a nightmare of a Champions League game: the first leg against Porto when nothing came off for him. Poor crosses, sub-standard finishing and a mistake that led to the opening goal - after he decided not to track back, of course.

Overview

His early injury did not force him to miss many games but his fitness was obviously not what it should have been for a long time. His motivation was clearly and obviously lacking, too and he turned on his full power only in the latter stages of the season when the awards were in sight. His season was littered with strops, petulance and nasty, underhand fouls - but again he was our top scorer, dug United out of many a hole and produced some absolutely brilliant performances.

Vital's Rating: 8




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 11 2009

Time: 8:11PM

Your Comments

html madness - we all suffer from it occasionally :-)
merlin
ronaldo no longer.... lol how funny would it be after all this if he didn't accept terms (not gonna happen but still :P)
Man utd champions
He will,it is his dream and I hope he does,goodbye snake.
abmtd
I know he will cos he's been wanting to go for ages. Just struck me as funny if after all this hype he didn't. I do think 80 million is a bargain because it was time for everyone to move on.
Man utd champions
 

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