Cristiano Ronaldo has given his old friend and former football teammate, Albert Fantrau a special recognition publicly after recounting how he sacrificed his own football career so that he(Ronaldo) could become a global football icon today.
The ultimate sacrifice made by one man named Albert Fantrau sealed his fate for the rest of his life and guaranteed him a meal ticket. The man happens to be an old friend of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his friend Alberto Fantrau
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 academy.”
“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 him.
“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 me.
”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 andnow is unemployed. “But how did you build this house so great, you have a car? You seem like a rich man.
You are unemployed,yet you own a mansion,drive expensive cars. From wheredid all these come from? ‘Albert more proudly replied: “It is from Ronaldo! ”The house,the cars e.t.c are gifts from Cristiano Ronaldo.