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  • Date:3rd May 2018
  • Words:Dan Jones

As stories go it’s not a bad one. Allow us to summarise:

Take a closer look at Nike’s chronicling of CR7 through their special edition Mercurials. This is the story that has become the legend, from his humble beginnings right up to the latest chapter in his fabled career: Cristiano Ronaldo is a born leader.



chapter one

chapter one

A boy is born on a fiery, volcanic island off the coast of Portugal. By all accounts, there is nothing extraordinary about him. He lives with his mother and goes about his life, much as any child, dreaming of bigger things. Little did he know that the savage beauty and explosive nature of the island upon which he was born would actually serve as a perfect parallel of the man he would become.







chapter two

chapter two

At age 12, the boy faced up to the most difficult part of his life: leaving home in pursuit of his dream. While there was no doubt in the young boy’s mind about his talent, he still had to work at it, crafting his ability under immense pressure, like a natural diamond. To continue to improve he knew he had to leave the comforts of home and head to the mainland.







chapter three

chapter three

After several years the boy grew to become a young man. At the age of 18, the moment he had been preparing for arrived, when, during a friendly match, he was able to showcase his tremendous speed, technique, and potential. The opposition instantly recognised the young man’s talent and, thrilled by their discovery, recruited him to their cause.







chapter four

chapter four

Under the tutelage of a master tactician and one of the greatest managers that the game has ever seen, the young man was able to hone his raw talent and natural ability further still. He was now one of the most exciting young players in the game, forged for greatness.







chapter five

chapter five

This kind of talent does not go unnoticed. Sure enough another move beckoned, this time to the Spanish capital. And it was here that his shining quality and phenomenal goal scoring record was cut to brilliance, reaching its true potential as he eclipsed almost everyone around him. His iconic status was forever secured.







chapter six

chapter six

And the story continues, as the man, now a hero in his homeland, guides his nation to glory against all other European opposition. And in true Hollywood fashion, he was not even able to stay on the pitch in the final – the biggest game of his career to date. Forced off by injury early on, the team was instead galvanised by the sheer presence of their talismanic leader on the side lines.

He is a born leader.

The irony of this whole story though is that if it was handed in as an outline for a film, it would probably be dismissed for not being realistic and grounded enough. Coming from obscurity to fulfil your destiny as one of the greatest players of all time – it’s the thing of dreams. But this is a true story.

And love him or hate him, you can’t help but admire the one, the only Cristiano Ronaldo.





"HE WAS ABLE TO SHOWCASE HIS TREMENDOUS SPEED, TECHNIQUE, AND POTENTIAL."

"THIS KIND OF TALENT DOES NOT GO UNNOTICED."

"THE TEAM WAS GALVANISED BY THE SHEER PRESENCE OF THEIR TALISMANIC LEADER."



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