Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he never thought he would make it as a professional footballer.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed an incredible career, not only with Los Blancos but with Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United. His trophy haul includes Champions League titles, La Liga, the Premier League, Copa del Rey, FA Cup, European Super Cup and World Club Cup among many other.
And along the way, the Portuguese has set all sorts of goalscoring records, with last season being his best yet as he hit 61 goals for his club.
But in an interview with Herbalife, the forward revealed he never thought he would make it to the top of the game.
“At first, I just played [football] for fun, without thinking I had talent. I remember always playing in the street, and one day my father told me, ‘why don’t you come to the club with me when I’m working?’, and I said, ‘sure, why not’ and started to play with the same routine,” he commented.
And he added: “I started training every day and liked being part of a team. At first, I felt different to the other children, but never did I think that I’d be a professional footballer, one who played for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon. I watched World Cups, and that’s when I started to dream.”