Crispi: I cried after first arriving at Manchester United
18-year-old who was so homesick he would cry every time he spoke with his family back in his native Madeira.
He claims the heartache he suffered when he moved to England proved the making of him and armed him with the necessary mental strength to become European and World Player of the Year.
“They were the worst moments of my career, when I left my family,” said Ronaldo. “It was a very very difficult part of my life because I’d always had a lot of back-up from my mother, father and my family.
“To go to a different place, different football, different country was very complicated. We cried every week but, in that respect, I grew a lot as a person and as a player, and that was very important to me.
“For young players the conditions are difficult. They have to work hard and fight for what they want to be in the future. In any other profession, it’s the same. You cannot stop believing in yourself.
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