Fact: Cristiano Ronaldo has only set foot once on English soil for a football match after leaving Manchester United.
Fact: The transfer of Ronaldo from United to Madrid is arguably the most important transfer since Ronaldinho joined Barcelona from PSG.
Fact: Real Madrid and Manchester United are the two most popular, successful and well-known clubs in the world, whichever way you cut it.
Fact: A match between these two teams would feature Iker Casillas, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric Mesut Ozil, Shinji Kagawa, Antonio Valencia, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ricardo Kaka, Karim Benzema and Robin van Persie on the same pitch together.
Fact: Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be the heavy favourite to take up the United managerial job once Sir Alex Ferguson retires.
Fact: These two teams have only played four official ties in their histories.
Fact: The last one was in 2003, with Real winning 6-5 on aggregate. In the second leg at Old Trafford, Zidane, Ronaldo, Beckham, Giggs, Van Nistleroy, Ferdinand and Casillas were all on the pitch together, and United eked out a 4-3 thriller, with Ronaldo scoring a hat trick for the Spaniards.
Fact: It’s about damn time we saw these two teams play again.