Debut de Ronaldo

Historic Goals: Ronaldo

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NEWS | 08/10/2016

Realmadrid.com is gearing up for a new show, which will see fans recall the best moments from the careers of the club's greatest players.
The first player to appear on the new Historic Goals programme will be El Fenómeno, Ronaldo Nazario. This week we look back on his debut, some 14 years after the forward arrived at Real Madrid, following his World Cup triumph with Brazil in Korea and Japan, where he scored 8 goals to pick up the Golden Boot. His first game in the Whites' shirt came in the fifth round of league matches on the 6th of October 2002, in a clash between Real Madrid and Alavés at the Santiago Bernabéu (5-2).

He didn't make the starting line-up, but came on for Portillo in the 63rd minute and wasted no time. Just 32 seconds after taking to the pitch he already had his first goal. It came from a Roberto Carlos cross, which he brought down on his chest before sending a crisp strike into the top corner of Dutruel's goal. Moments later, Ronaldo capped the goal fest against Alavés with another strike following a counter-attacking move involving Cambiasso, McManaman. This helped to top off a dream debut and ensured he endeared himself to the Bernabéu fans from the off.

Ronaldo scored 30 goals in his first campaign, 23 in the league, which Real Madrid won in the 2002/2003 season. His career with the Whites came to an end in 2007, with 104 goals in 177 official matches, as well as several individual and collective trophies: 1 Intercontinental Cup, 2 league titles, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Balón d'Or, 1 FIFA World Player and one Pichichi title.