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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Sporting Lisbon years

Last night, Cristiano Ronaldo once again silenced his critics and delivered another iconic performance to steer Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals.

However, before he became arguably the best footballer on the planet, his career almost ended before it had even begun.

As soon as Ronaldo broke into the Sporting CP first team, it was evident that his time in the Portuguese capital wasn’t going to last much longer.

Liverpool? Barcelona? Arsenal? Football was Ronaldo’s oyster but were it not for an incredibly skilled team of surgeons, how and where to take football by storm would not have been an option for the young Portuguese to consider.

This is the origin story Cristiano Ronaldo and the events that shaped his youth before a fateful friendly against Manchester United changed his life, and football, forever.