On August 12, 2003, 18-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Manchester, England, to join his new team. He expected to wear number 28 as he had with his previous club, but his iconic manager had other ideas. “Alex Ferguson said to me: 'Listen, I want you to take number seven,'” recalls Ronaldo. “I was surprised because I knew the guys who had worn that shirt.”
Ronaldo quickly proved himself worthy of the seven shirt and forged his game and physique during his years in Manchester.
“It was the beginning of my success in football,” says Ronaldo. “I improved not just my skills, but my body too.”
In the five years that I was there, I learned the art of football.