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Why Cristiano Ronaldo was nicknamed “cry baby” by childhood teammates

Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate from childhood team CF Andorinha reveals why the Real Madrid C.F. and Portugal football team star forward was nicknamed “cry baby”

football Updated: Mar 28, 2017 19:01 IST
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Real Madrid C.F. and Portugal football team star Cristiano Ronaldo is known his emotional outbursts on the field.(Getty Images)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was nicknamed “cry baby” by his childhood teammates due to the temper tantrums he threw when the team lost or if he did not receive the ball.

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Ricardo Santos played alongside the four-times World Player of the Year for amateur team CF Andorinha in Madeira, where Ronaldo’s father worked as a kit man.

“Cry-baby, yes, because Cristiano Ronaldo already loved to win like he loves today and when he lost and when other kids didn’t pass the ball to him he used to cry,” Santos said.

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Ronaldo’s desire to win has propelled him to four domestic league titles and three Champions League trophies during his stellar career with Manchester United and Real.

The 32-year-old, who is the Champions League’s all-time record goal scorer, captained the Portugal team who won last year’s European Championship in France.

First Published: Mar 28, 2017 19:00 IST