Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and who serves as captain of the Portuguese national team. Ronaldo became the most expensive footballer in history after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth £80 million (€93.9 million/$131.6 million). In addition, his contract with Real Madrid, in which he is paid €12 million per year, makes him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world, and his buyout clause is valued at €1 billion as per his contract.
"It was the period of my life when I considered giving everything up."
Ronaldo left his family and friends from his native island of Madiera behind to join the Sporting Lisbon academy when he was 12 years old.
He stayed in Sporting's boarding house, and lived with kids of all different ages in the Sporting youth academy.
The title of this section in his book is: "Living in the boarding house and the desire to give up."
He says that the time spent in Sporting's academy "were difficult moments, mainly for missing my family, but also because my accent had been for a long time a target for mockery."
As many Portuguese will know, the accents from islands such as Madiera can be hard for people on the Portugal mainland to understand.
Ronaldo was educated at the Sporting Lisbon school, and he recalls of time in class where "kids at the back of the room starting laughing and making fun of my accent."
Apart from the mockery of his accent, the other issue that faced Ronaldo at the time was his family.
As anyone who has left their family or loved ones for a long time will know, it can be quite an upsetting experience being away from the people you love for a very long period of time.
And this was no different for the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year, who went on to say: "As soon as I heard the voices of my relatives I began to miss them more. I cried almost everyday. I never felt so homesick.
"And that was why I wanted to give up this opportunity. That situation haunted me with terrible frequency."
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Posted By: seasonV |
5/31/13 9:59 AM
Millions of people are very happy he never gave into his bullies or we wouldnt be able to enjoy his talents