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Ronaldo Special

Match of the Day spin-off. Ben and John are in Madeira to find out how Cristiano Ronaldo became one of the world's best players.


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Welcome to a very special Cristiano Ronaldo-flavoured Match of

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the Day Kickabout.

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It was on this tiny island where it all started for CR7.

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We have come to find out exactly how a skinny Portuguese boy became one

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of the greatest players in the world.

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Of course, he wasn't born a superstar.

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From humble beginnings, his has been a meteoric rise to the top,

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and it all began right here in Madeira.

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Stay tuned for the next 20 minutes as we hit the streets where Ronaldo

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grew up and visit his first football club.

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us the inside track on his Manchester days.

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An amazing guide on how Cristiano can inspire you.

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This is Santo Antonio and this is where the story starts.

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It was here that Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, that is his

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It was on the streets he first learned how to walk,

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run and how to kick the ball, of course.

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I tell you what, it is no wonder Ronaldo's leg muscles

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Ronaldo was the youngest member of his family and had to squeeze

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into a tiny bedroom with his older brother and two older sisters.

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His mum was a cook, his dad a gardener and the Aveiro

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Some Christmases they could not even afford presents.

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But they were very happy and very close.

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Ronaldo admits that even though he did not always have the toys

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he wanted, he was still spoiled with love and affection.

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Clearly, his was a really happy childhood.

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We are on the street where Ronaldo grew up,

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and I bumped into Joao, which is John or Johnny in English.

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You were saying you knew Ronaldo when he used to live

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You were saying that on this patch behind us,

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His first club was the little-known Andorinha.

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He in enjoyed his time here but when CD National came along,

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the biggest team on a Madeira, he couldn't resist.

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Let's check out where he used to train.

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We are here at CD National, which is kind of at the top of Madeira.

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If you think of it as a mountainous island, we are at the summit

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It is steep, cold, and the atmosphere is electric

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because this is where Ronaldo first kicked off his football career.

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Where he and his coaches started to believe he could make it at the top.

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There is a load of budding Ronaldos behind me even today.

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Ronaldo was here for two seasons, winning the league title

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in his second season and scoring loads of goals.

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He had a reputation for being a bit of a ball hog.

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His nickname was the Crybaby, because whenever he lost they used

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When Ronaldo first joined the club, could you tell at that early stage

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he was going to be as incredible a player as he has become?

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Talk to me about the first time you ever set eyes on Ronaldo.

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He had a reputation for crying when he lost?

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I know he had a reputation for not passing very much.

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He was maybe a bit selfish on the pitch?

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People say Ronaldo is perhaps the most gifted, most rounded

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How much do you think is natural talent and how much

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By the age of 12, Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon wanted

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Leaving home at such a young age, Cristiano

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He was also teased by his team-mates for his strong Madeira accent.

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But he let his football do the talking.

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It may not have been the easiest start at Sporting Lisbon,

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into the first team and was already earning plaudits

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The likes of Inter Milan, Arsenal and Liverpool

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And then they came up against a certain Manchester United.

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And the rest, as they say, is history.

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It is going to be one of the worst nightmares that the transfers

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Ronaldo, 18 years old, cost the Reds 12.25 million

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He was part of the Lisbon team who defeated the Premiership

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champions 3-1 in a friendly last week and the United players

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were so impressed by him they pleaded with Ferguson

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We came up against each other virtually every day in training.

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It was very difficult to get the ball off him.

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He was brilliant in the air, very difficult to mark.

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Definitely the best winger that I played against.

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He struggled at first to adapt to the culture, weather,

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He was shy, didn't speak the language.

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With the referees and opposition defenders.

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He handled everything in his stride because I think he had this

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vision of what he had to do, this.

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Ronaldo goes alone and wins at the match for Manchester United.

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He used to get kicked every day at training.

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Kicked every day in the Premier League.

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But it never used to bother him because he was so tough.

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Those early years at Manchester United, particularly

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the way that Sir Alex Ferguson looked after him, I think

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they helped him become one of the best players in the world.

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He wore the number seven shirt, Cantona, Robson,

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There was big expectation on this lad.

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Always good as a player to have arrogance on the pitch but off

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the pitch, very respectful, well-mannered and a great team-mate

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He used to take the Mickey out of me because my step over

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He had the ability to practice and practice for hours

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Just perfecting the drag-backs, the step overs, the Cruyffs.

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That is not by accident, a God-given talent,

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At United, Ronaldo turned his wonderful potential

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By 2008, he had won the Champions League trophy

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with Manchester United and later Fifa crowned him the best

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He still wanted more, though, so a world record move to came

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to Real Madrid and face-to-face with Messi, one

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of the greatest ever sporting rivalries was born.

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But how did Ronaldo make it to the very top,

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and how can you, yes, you, learn from the example he has

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Growing up as a Manchester United fan, watching

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He made me feel anything was possible with the ball.

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By introducing skills into a game, he brought everyone's attention

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to freestyle and paved the way for people like me.

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Ronaldo means a lot to me but I think you can be

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What are his biggest qualities and how can you learn from them?

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If you want to get better, you have to work hard.

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He eats healthily, has a balanced diet and drinks loads

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He makes sure he is in bed early before training

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His attitude is amazing, such a positive thinker,

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never allowing himself to be negative.

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Can you imagine all those skills without any end product?

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Ronaldo into the penalty area, first time, oh, that is brilliant.

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The tricks and flicks may look good, but think about that

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helping your team-mates score a goal, or score goals yourself.

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This is where Ronaldo is so much different than Messi,

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the Barcelona genius is small and uses it.

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Cristiano has developed his physique so he can be powerful

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Ronaldo and Messi are both quick, but no matter what your physique is,

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you can always work on running faster.

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I can't think of any weaknesses in Ronaldo's game.

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A left foot, a right foot, the short game,

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the long game, pace, power, skills, free kicks,

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Great cross, great header, fantastic Ronaldo header.

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If you want to be a better player, make sure you are always adding

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new things to your game, especially using both your feet.

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Cristiano would be nothing without the entertainment factor.

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Chops, step overs, rabonas, outrageous goals.

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He is just so exciting to watch, and making people smile is just

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So be yourself, be creative, express yourself with

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That is what I do, that is what Cristiano does,

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and that is how to really become a better footballer.

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What do you do when you have won so much you have run out of room

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You build the world's biggest trophy cabinet.

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Straight off, pictures of Ronaldo with all his trophies.

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Here he is, the man, the myth, the legend,

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Look at this, right in the heart of the museum, an incredible

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First off, the Champions League trophy.

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They won 9-1, 5th of April 2015. Ronaldo scored five goals.

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There aren't just football trophies in there, these

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were given to Ronaldo by the president of Portugal.

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This is the FA Cup. It looks like a proper trophy.

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Speaking of British trophies, another recognisable one over here.

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I absolutely love this. It is just fan mail.

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You can see the love from all over the world.

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That was hanging around his neck during the celebrations.

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This is something that meant more to him than just the medal,

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this is the pinnacle of his achievement, particularly

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after Portugal missed out on winning Euro 2004 when he was 19.

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This is what really sets Ronaldo perhaps above any one

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of his generation in that he has achieved it at club

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Down to hard work and practice every day, so this must be a crowning

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You can see why he has put it right in the middle of the museum.

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And just when we thought it couldn't get any better.

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Not many players can say they have played in the same team as Ronaldo

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What he is like at home? What is he like to know as a cousin?

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It has been a pleasure. Lovely to meet you.

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I don't know, John, we have met so many people

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I just want to hear from him himself.

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It is not about the money, it is about the passion.

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I am not complaining. I feel happy.

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The reason is I am unbelievable inside the pitch.

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In my mind, not just this year, but always, I am the best.

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Basically, I win everything in terms of individual and collective.

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I just want to do what is best for the club, for the national team.

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We share all the time the same places, so we have

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I want to carry on the last five or six years and decide

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I am so and happy here in Real Madrid.

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But as I have said many times, nobody knows the future.

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I am fascinated to hear what Ronaldo will

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Like he said, nobody knows what the future will hold.

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Ronaldo in a new job? Imagine that.

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As a gardener? As an astronaut?

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All good suggestions, but I think we should

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I think he should be a sewage farm tour

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guide, because it is about time he has had a few stinkers.

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He could become the Portuguese manager and add

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I think he should go to Molineux and go and play

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He would be a hairdresser because his

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Whatever Ronaldo decides to do, one thing is for sure, he is a definite

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What has a goat got to do with Ronaldo?

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Not a goat. Greatest of all time.

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I like that. I will give you that.

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It is the end of our journey here in Madeira to find out the

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We have loved it. We hope you have. Hopefully, someone out there

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watching might be the next Ronaldo. I hope so, too. For now, see you.

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Ben and John are in Madeira to find out how Cristiano Ronaldo became one of the world's best players.