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What if: Cristiano Ronaldo never left Manchester United

The icing on the cake as Ronaldo scores Real Madrid’s fourth goal on a historic night in Lisbon
Sri Nishanth
Modified 14 Oct 2016, 10:26 IST
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We often wonder how the present would have turned out to be if not for a few events in the past. Sometimes it is little things that change the course of history. While Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid was by no means a little thing, it probably did change a number of things in the present.

How many times have Manchester United fans dreamt of this? Cristiano Ronaldo’s world record transfer to Real Madrid in 2009 was the move that will go down in football history books. It’s probably a move that changed how player transfers were looked it in the future.

Here are five things that certainly would’ve been different if not for Cristiano’s move to the Los Blancos.

#1 La Decima would still be a dream 

While Real Madrid without Ronaldo is a fantastic team on paper, it is the Portuguese’s presence that adds to the team being European Contenders. In 2014, Real Madrid beat Atletico to lift the Champions League trophy for a historic tenth time.

His goal scoring prowess was undoubtedly a major factor is taking Real Madrid to the finals.The forward scored a record breaking 17 goals in the 2013-14 edition of the Champions league.

The last time Real Madrid won the Champions league was in 2002 with the popular Galacticos team. However, since 2003-04 Real Madrid had a poor run where they were knocked out in the Round of 16 for six seasons in a row.

Since Ronaldo’s arrival, Real Madrid has made it to the Semi-finals of the Champions League on six occasions in his seven years at the club. Coincidence? Of course, it isn’t! 

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Published 14 Oct 2016, 10:07 IST
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