Ronaldo fails to shine on Real debut

Updated: 21 July 2009 08:51 IST

The world's most expensive player Cristiano Ronaldo was kept at bay by semi-professional defenders on his debut for Real Madrid.

Dublin:

The world's most expensive player Cristiano Ronaldo was kept at bay by semi-professional defenders here on Monday on his debut for Real Madrid as they eked out a 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers.

In one of the more unlikely settings for the debut of the world's most pricey player Ronaldo - who cost Real around 94 million euros from Manchester United earlier in June - was closely attended to and was taken off at half-time having failed to sparkle against some muscular defending.

Indeed it was one of Real's other newboys, French international striker Karim Benzema who sealed the narrow victory over the Irish side - who once boasted talents such as another former Manchester United great Johnny Giles - as the 35million euros signing from Lyon scored in the 87th minute.

Topics : Football Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro
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