The Portuguese legend played alongside the retired Spanish star during his days at the Primeira Liga club. And now, Sporting CP legend Tonito talked about the dedication of Cristiano Ronaldo since his childhood days when they played together. Right after displaying his potential at the Portuguese side, Sir Alex Ferguson spotted Ronaldo in 2003.
The Portuguese legend has now become a five-time Ballon d’Or since then and has playing stints at Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. Last year, he opted for his highly-talked transfer to the Italian club following a deteriorating relationship with the Real Madrid officials. Since his transfer, he proved his worth for the side and already scored more than 20 goals till now.
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoying with his friends
It is now widely known that he dedicated himself like no other in the circuit of football with immense concentration. He started to display his football flair since his Sporting CP days and gradually became among the best footballers in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo also established himself as a role model for the young players.
While talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, former Sporting CP star Tonito told Gazzetta dello Sport, “Cristiano was a kid, but he was just like the man he became: humble, ambitious, determined and professional beyond belief.” He said “During training, he’d turn heads among the veterans, and I’d say to him: ‘Steady, don’t overdo it…’” and added “I would also give him lifts [to and from training].
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating with Juventus squad
The star said, “But I’d have to wait an hour at the training
Tonito said “Will I go back to Sporting like Nani? In football, you never know.” The former Sporting CP said “Everyone in Turin welcomed me in a fantastic way. We’re all feeling very good,” and then added, “I don’t know when my career will end, but I’m fine and I want to keep going for many more years.”