How Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world?
His former teammate Quinton Fortune revealed the story behind the skinny winger’s journey to becoming the best player in the world.
South African international Quinton Fortune saw Sir Alex Ferguson signing 18-year-old skinny talented winger Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003 from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £12.24 million.
The Real Madrid star took the time to develop under Sir Alex Ferguson but was sold after six years at the club for a then world record fee of £80million.
And Fortune has revealed that the 30-year-old was so desperate to improve that he would wear ankle weights to improve his step-overs.
“Cristiano was skinny and needed to work on his physique when he came to England,” Fortune told Yahoo.
“In training he wanted to have fun and embarrass his team-mates by going past them again and again. We’d never seen anything like this kid.”
“He was obsessed with step-overs and showing his skills. Not tricks, skills. We didn’t tell him that he was wrong just because he was different; we could see that he was hugely talented.”
“He wanted to do everything better than ever other player, to learn do trick all the time. He was always the best at stepovers, but he started doing them with weights strapped to his ankles so that it would be easier in a real game.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has won three Ballon d’Or and plenty of other individual honours in his career.
Ronaldo has scored 313 goals for Real Madrid in 301 matches and only 10 goals behind club legend Raul to become the record goalscorer for Los Blancos.
For Red Devils, he scored 118 goals in 291 games.
He won many club honours for the two legendary clubs and regarded as one of the best players for either club.