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02.08.2015 » Cristiano Ronaldo: "In the beginning, I used to play only to have fun"

Cristiano Ronaldo when he was a little boy in Sporting, in 1996

In a short interview granted to Herbalife earlier this week, Cristiano Ronaldo revisited part of his childhood and revealed that in the very beginning of his career, he used to play only to have fun. However, everything would change a few years later and that's when the Portuguese really started to dream big...

In a somewhat nostalgic chat with Herbalife that was published a couple days ago, Cristiano Ronaldo brought back to the surface some of his childhood memories and talked about how everything started clicking for him when he was just a skinny boy playing football in the streets of Madeira. The former Manchester United star and now Real Madrid player, spoke about the influence his father has had on him in his journey to become a professional footballer and how he only used to care about having fun when he started playing football.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Herbalife Interview, Part I:

Cristiano Ronaldo: "All my family always liked football. I remember when I was little and when I only played in the streets of Madeira, until one day my father decided to ask me to go with him to the local football club, since it was one of the places where he worked bakc then. I immediately said yes and from that moment on, I started training and enjoying it a lot", commented the Portuguese legend, who joined his first club Clube de Futebol Andorinha around his 10th birthday.

His journey to success was definitely long and arduous, but if there's anything Cristiano Ronaldo never missed along the way, that was his will to triumph and his work ethics.

Ronaldo: "I began having routines, going to practice every day and I really liked that feeling that I was part of a team. I didn't miss a single training session and fortunately, I've always had my dad near me to help out whenever I needed him", said the former Sporting CP winger, whose father passed away in 2005, when Ronaldo was 20-year old and was already playing for Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Sporting in 1996-1997

Ronaldo: "In the beginning, I felt I was a bit different from the other kids around me. However and during those first years, I never imagined I would become a professional footballer and that I would get to play for clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, or even Sporting. I was simply playing to have fun and back then, it never crossed my mind that I had enough talent to become a pro", revealed the 30-year old superstar.

Things would change very quickly though and it didn't take long for Ronaldo to start forming a very competitive personality...

Cristiano Ronaldo: "After 3 or 4 years, I really started thinking I could go far in this sport and I started dreaming about bigger things. I remember watching the World Cups back then and realizing that that was my dream", concluded the Portuguese forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo and his family in Madeira

Cristiano Ronaldo next game will be for Real Madrid, on the 4th of August of 2015 against Tottenham. You can watch Juventus live stream, Real Madrid vs Tottenham, Barcelona vs AS Roma, Manchester United vs Tottenham, Chelsea vs Fiorentina, and Bayern Munich vs AC Milan, all matches provided from our live soccer streaming section.

Real Madrid next game:
Real Madrid vs Tottenham
kick-off time (04-08-2015):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 00:15
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 23:15
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 21:45
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 18:15
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 17:15
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 13:15
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 12:15
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 09:15

Sources: ronaldo7.net / herbalife.com / marca.com / football-espana.net

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing Real Madrid grey kit and jersey for 2015-2016

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid in 2015-16

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