Toe Poke Daily: 7 ways football has changed in 10 years since Ronaldo left Man United for Real Madrid
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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the day that Manchester United accepted an £80 million offer from Real Madrid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was unveiled at the Bernabeu a month later, and since then Ronaldo has scored 478 goals (in 481 games), becoming Real Madrid's all-time top goal scorer and winning two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and four Champions Leagues. He's also claimed the Serie A title in his maiden season with Juventus and both the European Championship and UEFA Nations League with Portugal.
Since scoring his first and only hat trick for Manchester United against Newcastle in January 2008, Ronaldo has walloped in a further 52 trebles for club and country -- 44 for Real, one for Juve and seven for Portugal. Astounding work.
But the last decade has not all been about Ronaldo (though he might beg to differ). In reference to his iconic shirt number of choice, here are seven ways in which football has changed since that fateful day in 2009.
Salah lands more silverware out at sea
With a frantic season done and dusted, Mohamed Salah is currently out in the middle of the ocean, unwinding and taking a little time to gather himself far, far from almost everything.
The Liverpool forward has shared a succession of holiday snaps on Instagram over the past few days, showing himself bobbing around in crystal blue waters.
Indeed, after winning the Champions League just 10 days ago, Salah wasted little time getting his hands on another impressive catch.
All smiles, totally unruffled and not a hair out of place -- it would appear that Salah was cut out for a life at sea, catching marine monsters of the absolutely gigantic variety.