Ronaldo opens Real account

MADRID: The world’s most expensive footballer Cristiano Ronaldo got off the mark for his club Real Madrid on Tuesday as they ran out 4-2 winners over Ecuadorean side Liga de Quito in the Peace Cup.

The 23-year-old Portuguese star — who cost Real around 94million euros when he joined from Manchester United — won and then converted a penalty in the 48th minute as Real set up a semi-final on Friday with Juventus.

However, it was one of Real’s less high profile signings of the close season Esteban Granero, bought from Getafe, who stole the show with a goal and created another for Christoph Metzelder.

It will have come as something of a relief to both the Real fans and Ronaldo himself that he showed some semblance of form as he had failed to shine in the first few friendlies including a 1-0 win

over Irish semi-professional outfit Shamrock Rovers last week. There was one concern for Real Madrid as another of their signings French international Karim Benzema — who scored against Shamrock Rovers — limped

off after shooting with his right leg.

Juventus had earlier become the first team into the last four when they disposed of Korean side Seongnam. Brazilian playmaker Diego — a 24.5 million euros signing from German side Werder Bremen

in May — was the architect of their victory creating the first goal for Vincenzo Iaquinta, then scored the second in the 53rd minute while Nicola Legrottaglie added the third 20 minutes from fulltime.