4 Great Moments from Ronaldo's AC Milan Career
When Ronaldo made the move to AC Milan in 2007, he came with restrictions.
He was cup-tied, and therefore he could not participate in the Champions League, which Milan eventually won. If Ronaldo had left Real Madrid a few months sooner, he would have claimed the last missing trophy of his career.
His stay was brief, only the two seasons with the Rossoneri. But he became one of the few to have played for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter and Milan.
He showed some flashes of the phenomenon he was, and it was the last time we saw him play in Europe.
On the anniversary of his final goals in the continent, let's scroll through his best Milan highlights.
Ronaldo's First Start
On his first start with Milan, away to Siena, Ronaldo scored twice and made an assist. It was one of his finest performances in the red and black, and he was still looking like the Ronaldo of old.
He immediately struck up a great relationship with Kaka on the field, the two of them passing between each other and creating goals.
Ronaldo was thin, quick and ready to take on Serie A.
The Celebration Against Napoli
Ronaldo scored a brace for Milan once again the next season. They were at home to Napoli, and it was the debut of a famous trio.
Kaka, Ronaldo and Pato—a front line also hailed as Ka-Pa-Ro—played together for the first time and beat the newly promoted Napoli 5-2.
The evening was emotional, as Pato also scored his first goal for Milan. It was a celebration for Brazilians, even if it was short-lived.
Ronaldo Faces His Old Team
Ronaldo also became only the second person to play for both Milan and Inter in the derby.
He also scored for Milan, blasting a long-range strike from outside the box, but Inter still won 2-1.
It was a home game for Inter, and they were not complimentary to their former player. According to James Richardson of the Guardian, the Inter ultras gave out 30,000 whistles, ensuring a "barrage of whistling" throughout the match.
The Best Against Empoli
Ronaldo scored his best goal against Empoli: a few step overs before roofing the ball into the net.
The Brazilian scored seven goals in those first 14 appearances for Milan during the second half of the 2006-07 season.