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A video of Cristiano Ronaldo dropping defenders 'like it's nothing' during his early career has emerged and it proves he was always destined for the top.
Ronaldo joined Manchester United as an 18-year-old back in 2003 and his raw talent when running at defenders was frightening.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is known as a clinical finisher nowadays but he used to focus on tricks and flicks to humiliate opposing full-backs.
@CRFutol_ has compiled a video of the Portuguese superstar's best skills in his early years and he has so much confidence.
Young Cristiano Ronaldo was dropping proper defenders on the floor like it's nothing :goat:.pic.twitter.com/zLstxeVmF6
- Wammad :name_badge::name_badge::name_badge: (@CRFutbol_) September 3, 2020
While he has toned the skills down to become a complete striker at Real Madrid and Juventus, fans think his formative years were unmatched for pure entertainment.
How mad i get when i hear people say ronaldo has no magic and talent and its all "hardwork":rage:.
nutmegs,elasstico,sombrero,dribblings,step overs,360 turns, check backs. bruuuuhh if this aint talent don`t know what it is. Cap off:goat:
- Prinx da god:zap::sagittarius: (@Prinx_da_god) September 3, 2020
This is what you call dribbling, not only holding on to the ball for too long.
People hated him then cos he dribbles a lot, now he scores more goal they still hate him.
- StillOlaOla (@olaolami) September 3, 2020
Bro he was so good he defied club bias in a time where United were despised. Poetry in motion.
- KYᒪE (@kyle_dimond) September 3, 2020
Less prolific but was truly exciting to watch to the point that even him getting the ball in his own half would have fans off their feet in anticipation of how direct/fast/skilful he was.
- R.S.C (@Jungs_Shadow_) September 3, 2020
When asked why he no longer performs as many tricks, the 35-year-old told Touzani back in 2017: "In a game the most important thing is to win, and goals helps to win.
"You can mix - first goals, and after tricks and assists after. What the people want is goals, so I try to score goals.
"I still do it (skills), not the same as at Manchester, but I still do it. Now I prefer goals, am focused more on goals. Skills comes third."
Ronaldo scored 31 goals for Juventus in Serie A last season as they won their ninth consecutive Scudetto.
Featured Image Credit: @CRFutbol_/Twitter
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