Cristiano Ronaldo has never been short of confidence.
Throughout his career, Ronaldo has always walked with a certain swagger as the Real Madrid forward knew from the age of 11 that he would be a star.
Speaking to website Unscriptd, the 30-year-old revealed the day back in 1997 when he realised just how "easy" football was for him compared to his peers.
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"I remember when I was in Madeira and Sporting Lisbon said, 'Listen, we want to see you better. You should come to Lisbon because we want to observe you.'
"And I remember my first training I did something and the players looked at me like 'Woah, can you do it again?' Even the coach! A step-over and I scored a goal.
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"And after training, I did some tricks with the balls. Since the beginning, I could see this was easy for me, but for the other guys very complicated. The people were so excited when they saw me. It was cool, as I felt so proud, so big, that people appreciate my talent."
Following his elevation into the Sporting Lisbon academy, Ronaldo's career has gone from strength to strength.
Throughout his time with Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid, Ronaldo has defied all expectations and in combination with his great rival Lionel Messi, raised the standards for all modern day forwards.
As a winner of three Ballon d'Ors awards, two Champions Leagues, three Premier League titles and La Liga in 2012, to name but a few of his achievements, Ronaldo has undoubtedly been a star of world football.
With his 31st birthday rapidly approaching next month, Ronaldo is seemingly at a crossroads in his career.
Messi recently reclaimed the Ballon d'Or - the Argentinian's fifth victory overall - whilst Madrid teammate Gareth Bale seems to be adopting new importance on a weekly basis this season.
Madrid's transfer ban, for two windows starting in the summer, as well as Zinedine Zidane's elevation to Madrid manager, have added two significant twists to Ronaldo's future.
Despite being Los Blancos' record goalscorer - he has 339 goals in just 325 games since signing in 2009 - the club had allegedly been considering selling Ronaldo, with former manager Rafa Benitez intent on building the team around Bale.
Manchester United, PSG and various MLS clubs had expressed their interest, with the Portuguese captain seemingly intent on playing on for a number of years yet.
However, until Real try and find a legal loophole in the enforced court order, Ronaldo will be staying put as the club aim to beat Barcelona and Athletico Madrid to the league title.
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