Turning 33-years-old this week, Cristiano Ronaldo is widely considered to be one of football’s greatest ever players.
His name has become synonymous with an athletic physique, world-class talent and huge, eye-watering amounts of cash — a direct by-product of both.
However, it’s not always been this way for the Sultan of the Stepover. Before he began earning a speculated £365,000 a week (sorry) and £400,000 per Instagram #ad (sorry, again), he was a buck-toothed, scrawny young man.
So, how exactly did he elevate himself from this to becoming football’s ripped MVP? Below, we chart CR7’s meteoric success, from the Primeira Liga to the Bernabéu.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, CR7 hasn’t always been the silky smooth, well-oiled heartthrob that many consider him to be. At just 18-years-old, he signed to Manchester United after coming to the attention of then manager Alex Ferguson and looked wildly different to how he does now.