Ahead of his team’s match against Sporting Lisbon Cristiano Ronaldo has said that it will be a “special” moment when he faces them in the Champions League.
Ronaldo spent seven years with Lisbon from 1997 to 2003 before moving to Manchester United and then later Real Madrid. At present he is in Portugal training with the national squad and will return to Lisbon on November 22 for a Champions League match which he says will be “amazing”.
Speaking to Sky Sports this week he said, “It’s always special to be back. I remember going back to Old Trafford two or three years ago and now to go back to Sporting Lisbon, who was the team who created me from 11 to 18 years old.”
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 14, 2016
He says that he is looking forward to seeing his old stadium and friends but that he will also be there to win the game.
Ronaldo was born on the island of Madeira and played for local sides Andorinha and Nacional in his early years before Sporting snapped him up at the age of 11.
He says that to begin with it was difficult but he now has fond memories of both the club and the city, “It was a tough moment in my career when I moved from Madeira where I was with my family, to Lisbon when I was 11 years old. That was the most difficult time in my career.”
However, he said that “it’s great to be back in Portugal and in Lisbon, which is my second city. It was great memories.”
Ronaldo is now recognised as one of the world’s greatest players and earlier this week signed a new deal to keep him at Real Madrid until 2021, as well as a now sponsorship contract with Nike.