ON THIS DAY in 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo played his first game for Manchester United following his switch from Sporting.
What has been a decorated journey so far all began on this fateful day 14 years ago in the Theatre of Dreams. Indeed, a dream was actualized when a then 18-year-old Cristiano stepped on the pitch for the first as a 61st-minute substitute for Nicky Butt in the Red Devil’s opening day game against Bolton Wanderers.
Having been given the sacred number 7 jersey previously worn by the likes of George Best, Eric Cantona, and his predecessor David Beckham, the expectations were enormous for the youngster priced at 12.24 million pounds.
Nonetheless, the scintillating cameo witnessed on that day was enough to convince everyone who saw his debut that he is a special talent and could go all the way and establish himself as a legend for the Old Trafford side.
Unfortunately, he was unable to get a debut day goal but his first after ten games, a sublime free-kick against Portsmouth, set him on course to score 118 goals in 292 outings in his Manchester United career. Here are the highlights of Cristiano in action in his first game: