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Ronaldo debuts in Madrid

CRISTIANO Ronaldo produced only glimpses of his talent during his home debut for Real Madrid in a 1-1 draw with Al-Ittihad on Sunday.

Ronaldo was substituted by Gonzalo Higuain in the 66th minute, immediately after Hicham Aboucherouane equalized for the Saudi Arabian champions in the Peace Cup. Raul Gonzalez gave Madrid the lead at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the 55th minute.

Madrid's new No. 9 came closest to his first Madrid goal just before halftime when his shot was tipped around the post by goalkeeper Mabrouk Zaid after a swift exchange of passes with Karim Benzema.

The Portugal winger, the world's most expensive player after his ?94 million (US$133.7 million) transfer from Manchester United, was one of three new signings included in the starting lineup by Madrid's new Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini. The others were striker Benzema and defender Ezequiel Garay.

"The changes I made today were planned. I didn't want Cristiano Ronaldo or Benzema to play more than a hour," Pellegrini said.

"I'm happy because these are offseason matches. At the moment, I see good and bad things about the team and of course things which need improving."

Another high-profile signing Kaka and defender Raul Albiol were to begin training with Madrid yesterday.


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