Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction, but does the reader remember the night that changed the star’s life?
The Jose Alvalade Stadium, the home of Sporting, was inaugurated on 6 August 2003, 20 years ago, in a friendly game featuring the Lions’ team against Manchester United of England, coached at the time by, Sir Alex Ferguson.
It was 9:30 p.m. on the clock and, if sporting fans, for obvious reasons, don’t forget that night, Cristiano Ronaldo neither. Wearing the Sporting jersey, it was the only game he played at the venue, as he was immediately signed by the British club, who had won over the Madeiran with a touch of the ball (and who had been following him for some time). .
At that time, the son of Dolores Aveiro was only 18 years old and had the dream of all young footballers: to become the best of all time. The dream came true and the truth is that today Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction.
But let’s go back to that summer night in 2003. In that game, CR7, who was wearing the number 28 shirt at the time, didn’t score a single goal (Sporting won 3-1)… but he mesmerized everyone and everything with his magic. He showed amazing on the pitch. Let the then Irish right back of Manchester United, John O’Shea, who was responsible for following all the steps Cristiano Ronaldo, By the way, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography published in 2013, the former coach also revealed that the Irish player ended the match with a migraine… caused by Georgina Rodríguez’s current partner.
Elma, the brother of Hugo and Katia Aveiro, was sold to the English club for 17.35 million euros, where he remained until 2009. That year, in exchange for 94 million euros, he transferred to Real Madrid (which was at the time the most expensive transfer in world football). He spent nine successful years in the Spanish capital, until he moved to Juventus in Turin, Italy. In 2021, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United and a year and a half later, moved to Al Nasser, Saudi Arabia, where he currently plays at the age of 38.
Meanwhile, the player won the award for the best football player on the planet five times, as well as other significant awards. Cristiano Ronaldo still has dozens of records in his name… which will probably never be broken.