You might have noticed after the Champion’s League final on Saturday night, Cristiano Ronaldo was seen taking his shirt off and giving it to someone in the crowd, who he then invited to come onto the pitch and celebrate with him. If you didn’t see it then you check it out below.
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Ronaldo seemed genuinely stoked to hang out with this fan – which is pretty unusual considering he appeared to just be a fan – and so naturally everyone watching the game immediately went on the internet to try and find out who he was, and that’s when this amazing story came out.
The man was identified as Albert Fantrau, who apparently grew up with Cristiano in Portugal and played football with him in their local youth team. Here’s what Ronaldo allegedly said about him. I really want to believe that this story is true, but knowing how easy it is to make stuff up on the internet (we do it all the time) then I’m not so sure if it actually is.
Still, we can hope. One thing for sure though is that it’s a completely awesome story.
‘I have to thank my old friend Albert Fantrau for my success. We played together when we were young. When people from Sporting Lisbon arrived, they told us that whoever scored more goals would be accepted to their Accademy. We won that game 3-0, I scored the first solo, then Albert scored a header, and the third was a goal that impressed everyone. Albert went one on one with the goalkeeper, I was running next to him, he went round the keeper, all he needed to do was just to put it into the empty goal. But, he passed it to me and I scored. I was accepted to the Sporting Lisbon Academy. After the game, I approached him and asked: ‘Why?’ and he answered: ‘You’re better than me!’
Several years later a journalist went to Albert’s house, and asked whether the story was true. He confirmed it. He also said that his career as a football player finished after that match and he is now unemployed. ‘But where did you get such a gorgeous house, a car? You seem to be a rich person. You also provide for your family.. .Where is all this from?’ Albert proudly replied: ‘It’s from Cristiano!’
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