Football videos – Cristiano Ronaldo, the early years


16th, April 2008

Footage of C-Ron during his time at Sporting Lisbon, between 1997-2001:

You can see why Man United decided to buy him – even at 17 he had sublime poise, balance and ball control.
Watch more early C-Ron highlights, including the performance against Man U that persuaded Alex Ferguson to make Lisbon an offer, after the jump…

A news report on 16-year-old Ronaldo, who juggles the ball for the camera:

More first impressions:

Taking on the club that would make him a world-class star:

And some clips from his debut for Man Utd:

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