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Five Classic Cristiano Ronaldo Videos

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Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Manchester United as a teenager from Sporting Lisbon. Six magnificent years at Old Trafford ended in 2009 with a world record US $131 million move to Real Madrid. One of the game’s true artisans, these five videos showcase his devastating skills and deadly finishing.

1. Flashy Teen

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In-depth footage of Ronaldo playing for Sporting Lisbon is not all that common. But this video features a skinny 17-year-old kid from Madeira showing off his skills in the Portuguese league and also in his early days at Manchester United. We are treated to a superb lob and some fabulous skill on the touchline in a friendly against United prior to his joining the English giants. Ronaldo was inspirational in the match against United - creating two of the goals as Sporting won 3-1. Several United players then urged manager Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him on the plane back to England.

2. The United Years

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The final piece of commentary describes a Ronaldo effort against Porto as 'absolutely stunning.' That would also be an apt summary of this excellent video. This eight-and-a-half minute montage encapsulates Ronaldo's six years at Manchester United perfectly. A range of his headed goals and free-kicks are accompanied by some mesmerizing skill that demonstrates why many believe him to be the world's best player.

3. 42-Goal Season

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In the 2007-08 season Ronaldo was playing soccer from a different planet. A personal haul of 42 goals helped United win the Premier League and Champions League double. Look out for stunning free-kicks against former club Sporting, Sunderland and Portsmouth. His extraordinary back-heel against Aston Villa is also not to be missed. All 42 goals are on this video.

4. International Duty

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Here we are treated to a sneaky peak in the Portugal dressing room prior to a big match. Then sit back for a tour de force of Ronaldo's skills and goals for the Portuguese national team. A piece of delicate skill in a World Cup match against Iran is a particular treat. The usual array of tricks and flicks are all on show here.

5. The Real Thing

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Ronaldo made his world record transfer to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. He wasted little time in making an impression at the Bernabeu, scoring on his debut against Deportivo La Coruna. That effort was not one of his more spectacular, but he didn’t take long to find his groove, bagging a long-range free-kick against FC Zurich and another even more impressive strike against Marseille. Here is a look at 10 of his best goals in a Real shirt.

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