This is a story when Cristiano Ronaldo was little and he was still a nobody. He and his friend were vying for a spot in an academy of Andorinha in Funchal, Madeira.
“I have to thank my old friend Albert Fantrau for my succes. We played together for the same team in the U-18 championship. When a scout came to see us he said that : “Who score’s more goals will come in our academy”.
“We won that match 3-0. I scored the first goal then Albert scored the second with a great header. But the third goal was impressive for all of us.
Albert was 1 on 1 against the goalkeeper , he rounded the goalkeeper and i was running in front of him.
All he had to do was to score that goal but he passed it to me and i scored the third goal , so i got that spot and went to the academy.
After the match i went to him and asked him why ? .. he said that “Because you are better than me”
Journalists then went to Albert’s house and asked him if it was a true story. He said yes.
He also said that his career as a player after the match ended and now is unemployed.
“But how did you build this house so great, you have a car? You seem like a rich man. You also able keep your family .. From where did this come from? ‘
Albert more proudly replied: “It is from Ronaldo! ”
The rest of this story people already know, Ronaldo went to Manchester United and went on to become the best player in the world before breaking world transfer to Real Madrid and now his World Best title currently taken by Lionel Messi.
To be honest, I’m not sure this story is true or not, but it has been circulating on football forums, so I thought I should share it here.