Cristiano Ronaldo applauded by Liverpool fans after master-class for Real Madrid, despite Manchester United ties

The Portuguese striker opened the scoring in last night's Champions League meeting

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Every touch he took was booed and on the rare occasions that his footwork let him down, it was wildly cheered at Anfield.

Yet by the end of the night, Liverpool fans had been won over by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite the Portuguese striker spending six-years with their bitter rivals, those at Anfield could not help but appreciate what they were seeing from the Ballon d'Or holder. Pictures have shown the Liverpool fans clapping Ronaldo and the striker acknowledging the respect shown, whilst reports suggest thousands hung around after the full-time whistle to show their appreciation.

They had witnessed Ronaldo score a goal of incredible quality to get Real Madrid going, whilst he was a constant menace to the home side as the Champions League holders completed a well deserved 3-0 win.

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