Ronaldo: I Never Thought I’d Be A Professional

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Cristiano Ronaldo admits he never saw himself playing football professionally when he started playing the game as a kid.

The Real Madrid and Portugal sensation started playing the game with Andorinha on his home island of Madeira, but admits he didn’t see himself as a star.

“In my family, we all love football. I remember that one day I was playing in the street and my father told me: ‘Why don’t you train at the club when I go to work?’. I said yes, why not? So I started to play,” Ronaldo told Herbalife.

“I went to train every day and I enjoyed being part of the team. My father was always there for me.

“At first I felt I was different to the other children. I never thought I was going to become a professional or go to Manchester United, Real Madrid or Sporting.

“At that time I just wanted to enjoy it and it wasn’t going through my head that I had talent. At first I didn’t think that.”

However, the former Old Trafford ace admits it took just a few short years of training before he began to visualise a career at the very top.

“After three or four years I started to think: ‘I want to play there’. I got to watch all of the matches and I dreamed of wearing the shirts.”

Ronaldo and Madrid face Tottenham in their latest pre-season outing in the Audi Cup in Munich on Tuesday.



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