Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as arguably one of the best players of his generation. The Portuguese has proved his worth time and time again with series of scintillating performances, and numbers that is difficult to match. He's currently the all time highest goal scorer of all the current active players, sitting comfortably above eternal rival, Lionel Messi, he has also won the Ballon d'or on 5 occasions, while leading Portugal to two international glory.
However, despite his exploit in the game and what he's known for, there are some amazing things from Ronaldo's Archive, that might interest his fans to know. Below we put together just 5 stunning things about the Portuguese, you might not know.
1. He was nicknamed crying baby as his tantrum.
In his glittery career, Ronaldo has been called many things, with Steven Gerrard recently branding him selfish. However according to Ricardo Santos, a formal team mates of Ronaldo at a amateur club, he revealed that Ronaldo was nicknamed crying baby due to his tantrum. In his words, when asked about the Ronaldo nickname, he was quoted saying, "Cry-baby, yes, because Ronaldo already loved to win like he loves today. And when he lost and when other kids didn't pass the ball to him he used to cry".
2. An irregular heartbeat almost curtailed his career at 15.
Today, most people enjoy watching Ronaldo play, which is evidence in the number of followers he has on social media. However,his career almost ended before it even started, after an irregularity was discovered in his breathing. His heart used to beat abnormally fast at times and this cause him some issues while growing up. In an interview, Ronaldo's mother disclosed that he almost gave up football at this time.
However, a lasting solution was gotten the ailment which has helped him to have a prolong career.
3. Ronaldo used to hope for free food after training in his young days.
While coming up as a teenager in Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo and his friends reportedly used to go to a McDonald's outlet near the training ground in the hope of getting free food.
Reflecting on those days while speaking In an interview with ITV, Ronaldo was quoted saying, "we were a little hungry, we had a McDonald's next to the stadium, we knocked on the door and asked have you got any burgers". He concluded by saying there was always Edna and two other girls, I never found them again.
In another interview, Ronaldo said he had love to meet the women again.
4. Ronaldo doesn't drink or do Tattoo
Another interesting thing about Ronaldo is that he doesn't take alcohol nor draw Tattoo on his body. He made up his mind on Alcohol and smoking for two reasons, the first reason is that he's a donor of blood on regular basis, secondly, his father became accustomed to Alcohol due to post-traumatic stress that followed after his exploits in Mozambique, he became addicted to it, and this makes Ronaldo to stay clear of alcohol in order to avoid what happened to his father to happen to him too.
5. Ronaldo almost joined Liverpool or Barcelona.
Before joining Manchester United in 2003, Ronaldo was on the list of Liverpool football club, who were managed by Gerrard Houllier. He was their main transfer target, however Liverpool couldn't get their man because of their strict rule of not fucking out huge sum on teenagers.
In case of Barcelona, they couldn't sign Ronaldo, because they had signed Ronaldinho, Quaresma, and Marquez, which means they couldn't fork out more funds to get Ronaldo.
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