July 8, 2009
Ronaldo Unveiled As New Real 'Galactico'
Fifa World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo was the man on centrestage at Bernabeu Stadium as he was presented to more 80,000 Real Madrid supporters who turned up to witness their new 'Galactico' on Monday.
After three long years of courting the Manchester United star, Real Madrid, with Florentino Perez back as club president, finally paid a world record fee of 80 million pound for the Portuguese golden boy.
It was Ronaldomania as the new Real kid presented himself to the Bernabeu crowd with Perez, Real Madrid's former legendary forward Alfredo Di Stefano and former Portugal star Eusebio keeping him company on stage.
It was a "dream come true" for Ronaldo who had dreamt of joining Spanish football aristocrats Real Madrid and play in the Primera Liga, as a boy. Now he has achieved his dream. According to the Real Madrid president, the capture of Ronaldo will "make millions of dreams come true."
The adulation was close to hysteria and Ronaldo who likes to be worshipped by fans knew he had the adoring crowd in the palm of his hands.