Cristiano Ronaldo up against Michael Dawson and Sandro as Luka Modric looks on in 2011.
Twice winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or and named in the UEFA Team of the Year an astonishing nine times to date, Cristiano Ronaldo has already achieved enough in the game to be compared with the all-time greats of world football.
Having only turned 30 this year, he also looks to have plenty of years ahead of him to keep creating history.
As a youngster, the Madeira-born player turned out for Andorinha and Nacional before making his professional debut for Sporting Lisbon when he scored twice against Moreirense on October 2, 2002. After playing just 25 league games for Sporting, he was brought to the attention of Manchester United, starring in a friendly match in the summer of 2003. Weeks later, he moved to Old Trafford for a fee of £12.24m.
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