“We gave balls and tracksuits in exchange for Cristiano Ronaldo”
It was only 10 years old that Cristiano Ronaldo left Andorinha for Nacional, in Madeira. At the service of the black-and-white club, the now captain of the National Team started to show up and capture the attention of Sporting. The rest of the story is well known, but Rui Alves recalls the “signing” of CR7 when he was a child.
“When he arrived at our formation, Ronaldo was 10 years old and, in return, we gave balls and tracksuits to his first club, Andorinha. Two years later, in 1997, I signed the transfer papers for Sporting. He he was already very good as a kid, but it was impossible to imagine that he could become the best player in history, “said the president of Nacional, who does not hide the desire to continue to see him in black and white … at Juventus:
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