On this day in 1997, Ronaldo scored his first Serie A hat-trick as Inter beat Lecce 5-0.
Words: Emmet Gates
In the summer of 1997, Italy was in the midst of ‘Ronaldomania’. The 20-year-old force of nature had just signed for Inter for a world record fee from Barcelona. Inter had exploited the breakdown in communication between Ronaldo’s agents and Barcelona to swoop in and pay his release fee of £19.5 million.
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