The 37-year-old center forward was obviously keen to shine on the lawn of the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon, home to Sporting CP, his training club joined at the age of 11. It was during the inauguration of this stadium in August 2003 that he caught the eye of Manchester United during a friendly match that changed his career.
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Biting from the first minutes of the meeting, CR7 first allowed William Carvalho to open the scoring with a badly repelled free kick (15th). He then offered himself a double in five minutes with a recovery at the entrance to the surface (35th) then following a shot from Diogo Jota (40th).
Enough to make his mother Maria Dolores cry with joy, present in the stands with her jersey on her shoulders. He continued to multiply attempts in the second half but failed to make the net shake again. The superstar still now totals 117 goals in 188 selections.
What also leave his coach Fernando Santos speechless or almost. “What more can one say about him? commented the Portuguese technician after the meeting. I repeat that he is the best player in the world. I think that says it all.” Cristiano Ronaldo will have the opportunity to improve his world record for the number of achievements in the national team on Thursday against the Czech Republic. It will still be inside Sporting.
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