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: