Exactly 10 years have passed since Ronaldo signed from Sporting Lisbon on the back of a staggering performance against Manchester United in pre-season.
Despite spending £12.24million on the teenager, Sir Alex Ferguson's intention was to ease Ronaldo into the Premier League gradually.
So the then 18-year-old found himself on the bench for the opening match against Bolton at Old Trafford, with Ferguson keen to hold Ronaldo back until the game was won.
As it turned out, the Red Devils were only a goal in front when the call came, Ronaldo replacing Nicky Butt to face Hunt, who was also making his debut on that famous day a decade ago.
Those who were there to witness it will never forget the impact of the new man. And neither will Hunt.
"There had been a lot of talk about him in the week building up to the game, and whether he was going to play or not," said Hunt.
"I can't say I was relieved he didn't start because back then he was only a young kid and it was hardly like I was up against a poor player instead.
"In fact, Ryan Giggs had been on my side and I was more in awe of him because I had watched him from such a young age.
"But then Ronaldo came on and did things I had never seen. It was quite startling."
And quite a crash down to earth after a pretty euphoric week for Hunt.
"I had played a few games in pre-season but even after I got involved in the team shape stuff in training the day before the game, I still thought I might be on the bench," said Hunt.
"But when the manager read the team out, I was in. I just though 'fair enough, I am ready'.
"It was a fantastic experience.
"I never really got any nerves but it was a huge thing.
"I remember going into the lobby of the team hotel after we met up and there were fans in there asking me whether I was playing or not and wishing me well.
"During the warm-up it wasn't that obvious but as soon as I turned out of the dressing room area and waited at the top of the tunnel, I could hear the noise.
"The referee was Paul Durkin. He shook my hand and wished me all the best and told me to enjoy it, which was good of him."
And enjoy it Hunt did. At least until the skinny lad with the blond streak in his hair turned up.
"The thing is, looking back I was quite pleased with my personal performance," said Hunt.
"But we were 1-0 down when he came on, ended up losing 4-0, and he got two assists, which says it all I suppose.
"It told me something about what he was going to be like.
"His feet were so fast. It wasn't so much the stepovers but the speed he did them at.
"I guess you could never be certain anyone would reach the level he has but it didn't take a lot of working out that he had a lot of skill and he had the capacity to be a pretty good player."
For Ronaldo it was the start of a career that now has him firmly established as one of the two stand-out players of his generation and will almost certainly be rewarded with an eye-watering new contract from Real Madrid, despite obvious interest from Manchester United and Paris St Germain.
Hunt, meanwhile, went on to make 161 appearances for Bolton as part of the squad that made such huge progress under Sam Allardyce.
He did not enjoy things quite so much under Gary Megson though and moved on, first to Birmingham, then Rotherham, and now back to his family roots in the north-west and a one-year deal with Accrington.
Hunt will always be synonymous with Bolton though; part of the halcyon days as it has turned out.
"That was the most successful team Bolton had ever had," he said.
"We qualified for Europe twice and finished consistently high in the Premier League.
"I suppose people look back on them as the golden years now but as a local lad I do hope one day they come back, even though it will obviously be very difficult.
"I certainly look back on my time with great fondness.
"Change is part of football though.
"It is very rare that people stay at one club like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have done.
"I felt it was the right time to move on and get a fresh start."