World’s most talked-about footballer is still only 23 years old

2008-06-07 00:00

The full name of the most talked-about footballer in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. After Cristiano, his surnames come from his parents, mother Maria Dolores dos Santos and father José Dinis Aveiro, but the clue to his nature lies in the origin of Ronaldo.

He began his professional club career at the local CD Nacional before moving to Sporting Lisbon, where he was relentlessly teased for his rustic Madeiran accent, but the teenage prodigy refused to be bullied. He trained harder than his team-mates, and soon became the only player in sporting history to play for the under-16, under-17, under-18, the B and the first team in the same season. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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