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CR7 Madrid Story

MADRID: MY STORY

CR7's journey to Madrid
CR7's journey from Madeira to Madrid has been marked by epic performances, spectacular goals and countless trophies. CR7 sat down with The Players' Tribune to tell the story behind this journey. From the backstreets of Madeira to the pinnacle of the sport, here is his story.
CR7 Madrid Story

BIG BOY SHOES

Unaware of his future as one of the greatest of all time, he played in whatever old boots his brother passed down or cousins gave him. Regardless of the pain and hardship, he kept moving to greatness with every game and goal.
CR7 Madrid Story

DREAM LIKE A KID

The turning point came in Lisbon, where teammates and coaches told him he was too small and weak. Knowing he had unmatched talent, at the age of 11, he made the most important decision of his life. He says he told himself that this was the day he would stop acting like a kid and start training like he could be the best in the world.
CR7 Madrid Story

ADD FUEL TO THE DREAMS

His journey has always been fuelled by his dream, whether to play for the Portuguese national team or the club he watched so religiously in Manchester. "I started dreaming bigger and bigger", he says.
CR7 Madrid Story

NEW CLUB, NEW CHALLENGES

Then, the trophy cabinet started filling up—CR7 remembers how overwhelming winning his first European title was, then his first Ballon d'Or. To him, more trophies just meant dreams of bigger challenges and that led to a move to his current home—Madrid. CR7 says "I wanted to win trophies at Madrid, and break all the records, and become a club legend".
CR7 Madrid Story

SOMETHING CHANGED

Upon winning the European title for his country, he had sent a message to the world, his fans and his haters, "We made history that night". But, he says, when his son came onto the pitch to celebrate with him "it was like the snap of a finger". Watching him run around the pitch with innocence, he saw the game through the eyes of his son.
CR7 Madrid Story

MAKE YOUR FUTURE

After 400 matches with Madrid, winning is still his ultimate ambition, "I think I was born like that". But, the feeling after he wins has definitely changed. "This is a new chapter in my life". The special message engraved on his CR7 CH.5 Mercurial boots are the last words that he reads before he laces them up and heads to the tunnel. "It is like a final reminder... a final motivation. It says, 'El sueño del niño!'—The dream of the child".
CR7 Madrid Story