Video: Rare footage of 16-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo before he became a world class player
Without any qualms, Cristiano Ronaldo stands as one of football’s greatest players and his achievements will be talked about with years to come. The Real Madrid forward is hotly tipped to bag the Ballon d’Or award yet again this year, beating Barcelona’s Leo Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to it.
But amidst all the awards and fame that he has been surrounded with these past few years, Ronaldo is still the same young Portuguese trickster from Madeira whose hunger for success hasn’t come down one bit.
In this brilliant find by Youtuber Beanyman, here is a compilation of very rare clips of a 16-year-old Ronaldo who was still figuring out his place in the game with his first professional club, Sporting Lisbon.