Accept it: this IS the ‘real’ Ronaldo

During earlier stages of his career which were tarnished by unnecessary step overs and the occasional distasteful dive, Cristiano Ronaldo was often dismissed as the ‘other’ or ‘fake’ Ronaldo. A decade on, even the most nostalgically deluded of fans must acknowledge the evidence: he IS the real Ronaldo.

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10 Best Premier League Summer Signings

We’ve had the 10 worst Premier League signings, now here are the 10 best Premier League signings from last summer’s transfer window. They are in no particular order. Is there anyone who you think should be on the list? Do you think anyone has unjustly missed out? Let me know, comment at the end of the article or on Twitter, @bewareflyingfb

Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal FC v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions LeagueWhen Luis Suarez completed his move to Barcelona from Liverpool it meant that they were on the search for an international quality forward to spearhead their return to the Champions League. Their first choice was Alexis Sanchez who would find his chances further limited with the arrival of his South American compatriot. Sanchez’s all action style would have been the ideal replacement for Suarez but the Chilean decided to reject signing for the Anfield club in favour of a move to Arsenal. After opting for the North London side Sanchez enjoyed a productive start to the season in an inconsistent Arsenal side. With leading frontman Olivier Giroud injured in August and due to miss the first half of the season the onus was on the £35m signing to spearhead the side. When others, like Liverpool, were struggling to mount a sustained challenge expected it could easily have been Arsenal in that position if it weren’t for the exploits of the Chilean forward. Following Giroud’s return for the second half of the campaign the Gunners have comfortably achieved for another season and may even pip Manchester City to the runners up spot, which would be their equal highest league position in 10 years. They are also still in the hunt for the FA Cup with Alexis Sanchez’s brace in their extra time win over a valiant Reading side in the semi-final. Sanchez’s exploits in his debut season in England saw him nominated for the PFA Player of the Year. Despite missing out to Chelsea’s Edin Hazard it can still be a classed as a positive season with 21 goals in all competitions, especially if the Chilean can help Arsenal defend the FA Cup against Aston Villa. Following quarter-final heartache at the World Cup last summer, Sanchez and his fellow countrymen will be hoping to give his nation something to cheer about when the Copa America comes to Chile in the summer. The pressure will be on Sanchez, as the star of the team, but as Arsenal have found this year Sanchez is the man for the big occasions.
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