Nearly 80,000 Real Madrid fans turned out to welcome the world’s most expensive footballer to the Bernabeu.
Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo was officially presented to the Spanish club in front of a near capacity crowd after completing his $131 million dollar transfer.
[Christiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Player]:
„I am very happy to be here.“
In his first public address to his new supporters, the former Manchester United player said his move to Real was a boyhood dream come true.
The new number 9 showed off his football skills, which fans are hoping will help bring the glory days back to the Bernabeu.
Madrid endured the agony of watching arch rivals Barcelona become the first Spanish club to scoop all three major football titles last season.
The experience prompted club president Florentino Perez to embark on a $300 million dollar spending spree.
The carefully choreographed presentation was briefly disrupted after one fan evaded security and made it to the stage, his prize an autographed shirt and a hug from his idol.
That prompted other fans to invade the pitch, sowing confusion among security staff who wrestled several supporters to the ground before order was restored.