30/12/2009 09:00, Report by Nick Coppack
Players of the Decade: #2
For sheer skill and entertainment value, Cristiano Ronaldo trumps all others who have pulled on a United shirt since the turn of the millennium.
Signed from Sporting Lisbon as a promising 17-year-old, he blossomed into the world’s best player during his six years at Old Trafford. Blessed with lightning pace, courage to attack defenders, an array of tricks and an uncanny knack of finding the net – 68 times in his last two seasons – Ronny was the complete forward. Not since Eric Cantona or George Best has a player excited the United faithful quite so much.
His impact on games was phenomenal – Ronny could play poorly and still score twice – and he relished the big occasion, so often scoring spectacular goals at crucial times. By the time he swapped Manchester for Madrid, he'd won nine major honours with United and picked up a swathe of individual awards (including the Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Year, European Golden Shoe and PFA Player of the Year).
Not a single one was undeserved. Viva Ronaldo.