Ronaldo scored first goal for Inter Milan 19 years ago today after record transfer from Barcelona

RONALDO scored his first Inter Milan goal 19 years ago today.

The Brazilian superstar — known in his homeland as O Fenomeno — moved to the San Siro for his second world-record fee in two years in 1997.

17 Jan 1999: Ronaldo of Inter Milan in action during the Italian Serie A match against Bologna in Bologna, Italy. Bologna won the game 2-0. picture: Claudio Villa Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
Ronaldo scored his first Inter Milan against Bologna goal on September 14, 1997
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He broke his duck in impressive style on September 14.

Ronaldo receives the ball on the edge of the Bologna box with two defenders ahead of him.

Upon controlling the pass, he opens up his body as if he will go on the outside, but quickly cuts inside — showing his famed pace.

6 May 1998: Ronaldo of Inter Milan scores their third goal during the UEFA Cup final against Lazio at Parc des Princes in Paris. Inter Milan won the match 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport
Ronaldo scores for Inter Milan against Lazio in 1998 Uefa Cup final victory
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He’s then away and Inter’s No.10 slams the ball past the goalkeeper — much to the delight of the watching Nerazzurri fans.

Ronaldo moved to the San Siro from Barcelona for a world-record £19.5million, breaking the £15m Newcastle had paid for Alan Shearer a year earlier.

And the England man himself had overtaken O Fenomono who cost the Catalans £13.2m 12 months before.

ITALY - NOVEMBER 25: FUSSBALL: UEFA POKAL INTER MAILAND 25.11.97, RONALDO - EINZELAKTION - (Photo by Ruediger Fessel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Ronaldo netted 49 Serie A goals and his tally was overtaken by Mauro Icardi
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20 Sep 1998: Ronaldo of Inter Milan celebrates a goal during the Serie A match against Piacenza in Milan, Italy. Inter won the game 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
Ronaldo netted 59 times in all competitions during his five years at Inter Milan
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Ronaldo poses for a photo with Juventus and Italy legend, Alessandro Del Piero
Ronaldo poses for a photo with Juventus and Italy legend, Alessandro Del Piero
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ITALY - MAY 06: FUSSBALL: UEFA-CUP 1998, INTER MAILAND - LAZIO ROM 3:0 am 06.05.98, RONALDO/INTER mit dem Pokal (Photo by Gerd Scheewel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Ronaldo’s only trophy as an Inter Milan player was the Uefa Cup win  in 1998
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He arrived on the back of netting a staggering 47 goals in 49 games for the La Liga giants — and adapted seamlessly to Serie A with 34 strikes in his first campaign.

However, injuries began to take their toll and his total of 15 in 1998-99 was to be the last time he hit double figures for Inter.

In his final season at San Siro, he returned from a two-year lay-off to help mount a title challenge with seven goals in the final ten games of the season, only for the club to concede the Scudetto to Juventus with defeat on the final day of the season.

Feb 1998: Ronaldo of Inter Millan in action against Bologna played in Italy. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
Ronaldo was the most-expensive player in the world when me moved to Inter
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PESCARA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionale (R) celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Serie A match between Pescara Calcio and FC Internazionale at Adriatico Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Pescara, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
Mauro Icardi celebrates scoring 50th Serie A goal since joining Inter Milan
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In all competitions, he scored 59 times for the club — with the 1998 Uefa Cup his sole honour.

He did, however, win the Ballon d’Or twice — just months after his arrival and months after his departure to Real Madrid in 2002.

Mauro Icardi’s brace at the weekend saw him overtake Ronaldo’s Inter Serie A tally of 49.

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