Best, Robson, Cantona, and Beckham had all donned the Manchester United #7 shirt. All had helped give the number a mythical quality that even the likes of Ralph Milne couldn't destroy. So, to give it to an 18-year-old kid from Portugal on his debut—well, some thought that might be too much weight to bear. Not for Ronaldo, it would seem. The touch, the dribbling, the showmanship—from the moment he stepped onto the pitch as a 61st-minute sub against Bolton, CR7 was marked for United stardom...and later (inevitably?), universal hate.