If we have learnt one thing about Cristiano Ronaldo this week, it is how many cages he rattled when he arrived at Manchester United as a spritely 18-year-old in 2003.
He was not the sort of player Sir Alex Ferguson usually allowed in his first-team plans. He was as skinny as a rake, as selfish as a fox and as self-obsessed as Dorian Gray.
But for all his shortcomings, Ronaldo's immense talent rose higher. His determination to be the best would eventually see him not only fulfill his potential but exceed it by far.
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That did not stop some of the Manchester United old guard from getting royally peeved at Ronaldo's reluctance to play, well, the Manchester United way.
We have already heard how Ruud van Nistelrooy kicked out at him in training, coincidentally never playing for the Red Devils again. We have also heard how Ferguson reduced Ronaldo to tears after a rather poor performance against Benfica in 2005.
Now the player himself has admitted that he also received an ear-bashing from the club captain, Roy Keane, on a regular basis.
“[Keane was] always screaming to me: 'Cristiano! Pass the ball!'" Ronaldo told Sport magazine. “But it was good! At the end of the day, I feel happy because I learned a lot from them.”
Selfish as always
Ronaldo's game has not changed since those days – Real Madrid is still very much the 'Cristiano Ronaldo show'. The only difference is he is now a big enough star to get away with such acts of greed.
In fact, Ronaldo has the lowest pass completion rate (80.3%) than any other outfield player at Real Madrid this season. He also has one of the lowest passes-per-game average (30.5). Only Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have lower totals.
With eight La Liga goals already this season, no one is telling Ronaldo he needs to be a team player now.