Ronaldo forced Man Utd team-mate to visit club doctor after making him dizzy

Everyone knows that Cristiano Ronaldo is a defender's worst nightmare.

And perhaps the same can be said for his team-mates too, after once forcing a Manchester United defender to report to the club doctor for "dizziness" after one performance.

Ronaldo made his second debut for United last weekend against Newcastle United, scoring twice and earning himself the man of the match award.

The Portugal forward arrived from Juventus for £20m on a two-year contract with an option to extend it for a further year.

The 36-year-old is keen to replicate the good form of his first spell at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009, where he scored 84 times in 196 league appearances.

But before Ronaldo joined United in 2003 for £12.2m, Roy Keane told the story of how the forward's trickery forced defender John O’Shea into seeing the club doctor for dizziness back in 2002.

Writing in his autobiography, Keane said: “We were playing Sporting Lisbon to celebrate the opening of their stadium, I saw how good Ronaldo was that day.

“He was up against John O’Shea. Sheasy ended up seeing the doctor at half-time because he was actually having dizzy spells.”

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Ronaldo ran riot against the Red Devils that evening, so much so that the Premier League outfit were not willing to leave the stadium until they had an agreement in place to bring the 18-year-old to Old Trafford the following summer.

Keane continued: “The club concluded negotiations after the game and we always joked with Sheasy he had actually sealed the deal by playing like a f****** clown.

“In fairness to him, he was jet-lagged (from America) like the rest of us.”

But after that performance, it wasn’t just United manager Sir Alex Ferguson that was adamant about bringing the exciting prospect to Manchester as soon as possible.

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Writing for The Sun in 2018, former team-mate Rio Ferdinand, who also featured in that pre-season friendly, said: “We were on the bus afterwards waiting for chief executive David Gill and the boss Alex Ferguson.

"We were just willing them to sign Ronaldo. Within a week he was our player.”

Now playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who he shared a dressing room with between 2003 and 2007, Ronaldo has set his sights on bringing the Premier League trophy back to Old Trafford.

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