Do Not Forget Your Past.

Moments after Real Madrid Football Club won their 10th
UEFA Champions League trophy in 2014, the global
audience and thousands of football fans at the Stadium
of Light in Lisbon were taken by surprise when Cristiano
Ronaldo abandoned the team’s celebration and ran to a
section of the stand to pull out a man from the crowd
and hug him affectionately.
The action was a public confession by Ronaldo to
honour his childhood clubmate who ‘sacrificed himself’
and allowed the Portuguese star to become a global
icon today.
Ronaldo said in an interview he granted some years ago
that he and his friend were vying for a spot in an
academy of Andorinha in Funchal, Madeira.
“I have to thank my old friend Albert Fantrau for my
success. We played together for the same team in the
U-18 championship. When a scout came to see us he
said that “Whoever scores more goals will come into our
“We won that match 3-0. I scored the first goal then
Albert scored the second with a great header. But the
third goal was impressive for all of us.
Albert was one-on-one against the goalkeeper, he
rounded the goalkeeper and I was running in front of
“All he had to do was to score that goal but he passed
it to me and I scored the third goal, so I got that spot
and went to the academy.
“After the match I went to him and asked him why?
Albert said that “Because you (Ronaldo) are better than
Journalists then went to Albert’s house and asked him if
it was a true story. He said yes.
He also said that his career as a player after the match
ended and now is unemployed.
“But how did you build this house so great, you have a
car? You seem like a rich man. You also able keep your
family. From where did this come from? ‘
Albert more proudly replied: “It is from Ronaldo!”
This explains why Ronaldo had to single him out of the
crowd to share in his celebration.
Never forget the person who believed in you and gave
you a helping hand in life.


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