He underwent an operation in which a laser was used to cauterise the affected area of his heart; discharged from hospital hours after the procedure, he resumed training only a few days later.
They have a talented young winger. Look out for him, OK? He's strong and agile. Initially, United had just planned to sign Ronaldo and then loan him back to Sporting for a year. Development and breakthrough Ronaldo became Manchester United's first-ever Portuguese player when he signed before the —04 season. He had a one-match ban imposed on him by UEFA for a " one-fingered gesture " towards Benfica fans,  and was sent off in the Manchester derby —a 3—1 defeat—for kicking Manchester City 's former United player Andy Cole.
Collective and individual success Ronaldo during the —07 season At the quarter-final stage of the —07 UEFA Champions League , Ronaldo scored his first-ever goals in the competition, finding the net twice in a 7—1 victory over Roma. His first goal of the season came against his former club, Sporting, with a header in the first group match of the Champions League.
World record transfer and La Liga championship "I have nothing but praise for the boy. He is easily the best player in the world. His contribution as a goal threat is unbelievable.
His stats are incredible. Strikes at goal, attempts on goal, raids into the penalty box, headers. It is all there. He finished the campaign with 33 goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick in a 4—1 win against Mallorca on 5 May , his first in the Spanish competition.
Although he failed to find the net during Madrid's eventual elimination in the Champions League semi-finals, he equalised from the penalty spot in the return league game and scored the match-winning goal in the rd minute of the Copa del Rey final , winning his first trophy in Spain.
Ronaldo scored 46 league goals during the La Liga championship success in his third season in Spain During the following campaign, the —12 season , Ronaldo surpassed his previous goalscoring feats to achieve a new personal best of 60 goals across all competitions.
He again scored twice, including a penalty, in the Champions League semi-finals against Bayern Munich , resulting in a 3—3 draw, but his penalty kick in the shootout was saved by Manuel Neuer , leading to Madrid's elimination. With a goal in each leg by the Portuguese, Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup on away goals following a 4—4 aggregate draw against Barcelona.
In the first knockout round of the Champions League, Ronaldo faced his former club Manchester United for the first time. Accounting for all competitions, he ended the season with a total of 55 goals. In the knockout phase of the competition, he scored a brace in each leg of a 9—2 aggregate win against Schalke 04 ,  helping Madrid advance to the quarter-finals. His goal in a 3—0 home win over Borussia Dortmund—his th Champions League match—took his total for the season to 14 goals, equalling the record Messi had set two years before.
Ronaldo played the final against medical advice, later commenting: