After winning the Ballon d'Or five times, Euro 2016 with Portugal and champion of multiple titles throughout his football career, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be, in the last stretch of his career, one of the great stars of the beautiful game.
Now at Juventus, after triumphing at Manchester United and Real Madrid, the Portuguese footballer began a new journey in the world of football at a Sporting CP that he joined very young. The cast of Lisbon was the one who formed the legend, but nothing was easy for the Madeira-born, who experienced one of his worst moments when he had to leave his home to go to the capital.
“My family was saying goodbye to me. They were wearing sunglasses, but I could see the tears falling. I went with that image to the plane. It was the hardest moment of my career. Obviously I cried ”, Cristiano commented in a video published by the Portugal National Team for‘ Dugout ’.
However, one of the protagonists of this story was Leonel Pontes, at that time a technician of the academy of the Lisbon institution, who also recalled how the name of the Portuguese star reached his ears. “In 1997 they told us that there was a high quality boy in Madeira. He was different from the others. individualistic, with personality, competitive.
It is difficult to find a boy with that talent, that emotional control and that leadership that he had, "he said. "From very early he thought about his body, about improving his hitting ...", said Pontes who went to see him and, despite the fact that Cristiano did not play that duel, he managed to give him the ball in the previous game. It was here that the Portuguese showed his skills.
"We have to sign him," thought the coach at that moment. “There my journey began. When I left my family in Madeira, it was the hardest thing in my professional career, ”concluded Ronaldo, who is currently considered one of the best footballers in the history of football.