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Cristiano Ronaldo reveals he supported a different team before turning professional

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Ronaldo has admitted he supported a different team before turning professional
Ronaldo has admitted he supported a different team before turning professional / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages
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Cristiano Ronaldo once revealed he changed allegiances after becoming a professional footballer.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner played for Portuguese sides Andorinha and Nacional at youth level in the 1990s before signing for Sporting Lisbon in 1997.

But the Manchester United star has admitted he supported a different team when growing up - Benfica - who were one of Sporting's biggest rivals.

“When I was very young, I supported Benfica but, as soon as I moved to Sporting, they were my team,” he said, as per United’s official website.

“I spent seven years there and I’m grateful to the club for everything they did for me, so that’s who I support.”

Ronaldo made 31 appearances for Sporting, scoring five goals before joining United in 2003, where he won three Premier League titles and the Champions League during his first spell at the club.

The forward returned to Old Trafford last summer after more than a decade away, and is the club's top scorer this season. "This is why I'm here," Ronaldo told United's official website when asked about repeating history with silverware.

"I'm not here for a vacation [...] Before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago.

"But I'm here to win again. I'm capable, me and my teammates. I'm ready to go. It's a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead. I think it will be a huge thing in the next three or four years."

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