VIDEO: Nike Restores Old Court Where Cristiano Ronaldo First Played Soccer

Published 09/03/2021, 2:37 PM EDT
Soccer Football – World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group A – Portugal v Republic of Ireland – Estadio Algarve, Almancil, Portugal – September 1, 2021 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after the match REUTERS/Pedro Nunes


Cristiano Ronaldo made all the headlines recently as he became the top international goalscorer in world football. Scoring a whooping 111 goals in 180 appearances, the Portuguese captain has truly shown how why he is goal-scoring phenom.

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While his international scoring record started off slowly, he has become the primary offensive weapon for Portugal. He has stepped it up in the last 5-6 years as well. Scoring 49 goals in the 47 appearances, the 5-time Ballon D’or winner has truly stepped up in the international stage.

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Nike restores court in Madeira to honour Cristiano Ronaldo

If scoring goals was an art, Ronaldo certainly is the master of it. Against Ireland, the Portuguese did the same as he led his side with a match winning brace. Scoring two immaculate headers, the 36-year-old showed why he is one of the most feared players all across Europe.

While many fans and fellow players reacted to the Portuguese breaking Daei’s world record, longtime sponsor Nike had a pretty unique way to pay tribute to its premium football superstar.

In a recent video released by CR7, it was revealed that Nike had restored a football court in Ronaldo’s hometown Madeira. A small town in Portugal, Ronaldo grew up in Madeira. While he would eventually join Sporting CP’s youth club, his footballing journey started in small courts.

To pay a tribute to the superstar, Nike have restored the court where Ronaldo played football in for the first time. Painted in red and with borders in yellow, the pitch reflects the core colours of the Portuguese jersey. The field also features a big CR7 logo in the middle of the court.

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Even the goalpost is custom made with the words ‘Greatness starts with a goal.’ This is certainly one of the best tributes anyone could give. After scoring an incredible brace, Ronaldo is off to Manchester.

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Given how incredible his start to the season has been, CR7 will hope that he can replicate this goal-scoring form back in Old Trafford. This time though his role might change. Being one of the fastest wingers in his prime, Ronaldo terrorized opposing wingbacks and would cut in to score a goal.

Despite his decline in speed, Ronaldo has continued to be a superstar. Playing more of as an out-and-out striker, Ronaldo’s goal-scoring output has been incredible. Which position will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer play Ronaldo in?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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