Cristiano Ronaldo is considered as one of the greatest players of all time. However, debuts can be nervy for anyone in the sport as it will provide a new stage to showcase a player’s skills in front of thousands of fans for the first time.
And the Portuguese star has got plenty of experience when it comes to making debuts in his illustrious career having made debuts at Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid and for his national team.
Sporting (14 August 2002)
Ronaldo had made debut for Sporting Lisbon in the qualifying stages of Champions League. He started on the bench for their game against Inter Milan.
The winger came on as a substitute in the 58th minute, playing on the opposite flank to Ricardo Quaresma but the team had failed to make any progress in their goalless draw.
The Portuguese side went down 2-0 in the game at San Siro as they were knocked out of Champions League that season.
Manchester United (16th August 2003)
Ronaldo’s incredible debut to Manchester United was nothing less than marvellous. Having missed almost entire pre-season then 18-year old made an impact coming in on as a sub in United’s first game against Bolton.
United were holding on to a narrow 1-0 lead when Ronaldo was brought on in the 61st minute and the Portuguese star rose to the occasion as he won penalty in the second half. His trickery and pace got the better out of a tired Bolton defence with United winning 4-0 at the end.
Portugal (20 August 2003)
Cristiano made his national team debut just after four days post his Manchester United debut. He played in their narrow 1-0 win against Kazakhstan.
The Portuguese team then had the likes of Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Deco in their starting lineup before Ronaldo was brought on in the second half. The team eventually thanks to a scrappy goal from Simao.
Real Madrid (20 July 2009)
Having moved to the Spanish capital in a world record move in the summer of 2009, Ronaldo had a nightmare start to his career at the club.
He made his Real Madrid debut against Shamrock Rovers in front of 11,000 people at the Tallaght Stadium. However, his poor football in the first half meant he was subbed off by Manuel Pellegrini at half time.
Los Blancos eventually won the game by 1-0 through a goal from French striker Karim Benzema.