Brilliant footage of Ronaldo smashing it at PSV as a teenager

When we think of Ronaldo, we mainly think about the Brazilian dazzling with Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and his country.

But El Fenomeno was already wowing crowds in Europe at the tender age of 17 with PSV Eindhoven.

Ronaldo made the wise decision to begin his European adventure in 1994 in Holland, a place where he could develop as a player and escape the unnecessary pressure bestowed upon players in the likes of Italy and Spain.

In Eindhoven, Ronaldo evolved into the best out-and-out striker in the world, scoring a ridiculous 54 goals in just 57 games.

He was the definition of unplayable, mastering the art of rounding goalkeepers and tapping the ball into an empty net.

A skinny kid with brute strength, mesmerising feet and blistering pace that seemed to be enhanced when the ball was at his feet, there’s no wonder Barcelona and Inter were desperate to sign come 1996.

Below, you’ll find a short montage of Ronaldo making professional footballers look like rank amateurs at PSV.


Goals of all types, nonchalant nutmegs, driving at teams from deep, Ronaldo at PSV was something truly special.

The way he unnecessarily taunts and rounds the ‘keeper at 1:03 gets better with every viewing, as does the double nutmeg at 1:20.

Ronaldo’s decision to join PSV was heavily influenced by fellow Brazilian legend Romario – who scored 127 goals in 147 games for the Dutch club – and it was certainly stellar advice.

Ronaldo’s finest hour with the Dutch club came in the 1994/95 UEFA Cup, when he scored a stunning hat-trick against Bayer Leverkusen at the age of just 17.

His performance prompted Leverkusen striker and German icon Rudi Voller to say after the match: “Never in my life have I seen an 18-year-old play in this way.”

El Fenomeno owes much of his success to his time in Holland and on January 20, 1997 – a few months after leaving PSV for Barcelona – he was named World Player of the Year for 1996.

We may never see a striker like Ronaldo again.

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