Cristiano Ronaldo might be one of the greatest players in the world, but even he started off his career somewhere.
And, the softer side of the favourite to win the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or has been exposed via some rare video footage, released on YouTube showing a 16-year-old winger trying to make his way in the world.
Thoughts of a mega-move to Manchester United seem far from the teenager’s mind, as we see him walking the streets of Lisbon and training before making his first ever appearance for Sporting in the unusual number 28 shirt.
The footage is from 2001/02, and gives a glimpse into the clear potential that Red Devils scouts saw when they watched the young Ronaldo. Pace, skill and ability, as well as the odd goal, suggests nothing has changed in the 13 years that have subsequently followed.
Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson made his move the following year, and the two-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner enjoyed six successful years at Old Trafford under the Scot.
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A world record move to Real Madrid followed, and the Portugal captain has gone from strength-to-strength in the Spanish capital, winning the second Champions League of his career last season.
That all seemed a pipe dream when this video was filmed though, and you can enjoy it below…