Initially, United had just planned to sign Ronaldo and then loan him back to Sporting for a year. 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.
He missed three matches after headbutting a Portsmouth player at the start of the season, an experience he said taught him not to let opponents provoke him.
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.
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 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: "In your life you do not win without sacrifices and you must take risks.