Cristiano Ronaldo, the Manchester United star, has congratulated his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon on the 20th anniversary of their Academy.
Sporting Lisbon renamed its Academy after Ronaldo in September 2020, honoring the former Juventus and Real Madrid player for his unparalleled legacy.
Ronaldo sent a heartfelt video greeting to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, which the club published on Twitter.
“Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of the Academy’s opening, on all the goals you have achieved, and on all the achievements you have achieved,” Ronaldo said (translated by A Z). It is an honor to have my name on the Academy, and I hope to see you soon.”
Ronaldo, 37, joined Sporting Lisbon’s Academy when he was 12 years old.
Five years later, in October 2002, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner made his first-team debut for the club against Braga.
Sporting Lisbon’s captain went for Manchester United in August 2003 for a fee of £12.24 million.
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