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Ashley Cole: "Manchester United don't seem the same without Ronaldo - he's the best player in the world.
"I used to love our battles. If I'm concentrating, on my day I can do well against anyone, but he was something else.
"I love his skills, but I nearly ripped my groin when I was first playing against him because he did a trick and I did the splits.
"My mates were killing me after and I thought, 'Right, he's never embarrassing me again'.
"A couple of years later at Chelsea I showed him the imaginary pocket in my shorts and the fans were lapping up the banter."
... the first time they met ...it didn’t take long for Ronaldo to humiliate Cole.
The clash between United and Arsenal in September 2003 will always be remembered for Ruud van Nistelrooy’s late penalty miss and the carnage that ensued afterward.
But it was during that match that an 18-year-old Ronaldo proved that he was the real deal.
Just weeks earlier, Ronaldo stunned everyone during his debut against Bolton which, [as] Alex Ferguson described it, was “unbelievable.”
While performing against Bolton is one thing, producing an impressive display against the league’s top sides is another thing altogether.
And after just four minutes, Ronaldo had Cole on his backside
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