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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Cristiano Ronaldo
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Portugal's Christiano Ronaldo
Born: 05/02/85
Club: Manchester United
Position: Midfielder
Debut: 20/08/03 v Kazakhstan
Cristiano Ronaldo set a world record transfer fee for a teenager when Manchester United paid 12.24m for him in August 2003.

Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to snap up the tricky Sporting Lisbon winger after his display against United in a pre-season friendly.

He suffered criticism from the British press in his first few months at Old Trafford for his over-elaborate stepovers when trying to beat a man.

But Ronaldo has since become a firm favourite with the United supporters.

His pace and quick feet marked the Maderia-born youngster out at an early age and he was fast tracked into Portugal's youth sides.

He made a big impression playing for the Under-21 side and was handed his full international debut a week signing for Manchester United.


Did you know? Ronaldo took over the famous Manchester United number seven shirt from David Beckham.




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