At just 16 years old, Manchester paid over 14 million USD to sign my favourite sports star. The following year, my favourite sports star scored three goals for Manchester and helped make them champions. In 2008, he set a record for goals scored. In 2009, Real Madrid paid a record amount of $131 million USD for my favourite sports star. And on July 10, of the year 2016, my favourite sports star faced France in the European Championship final, the weight of his country on his shoulders. Captain of his team, he had trained harder emotionally, mentally and physically, determined to lead his country to victory. And then, 25 minutes in, my favourite sports star took a fall. His knee injury prevented him from playing the rest of the game. The look of devastation as he tried repeatedly to get back in the game but failing is one I will never forget, as I watched on my screen. The commitment to his team as he desperately tried his best to assume his role of captain, even from the sidelines, and the motivation he gave his team even when he could not play, is his most incredible sporting moment, to me. There is no team without a captain, but there is no captain without a team. He embodied the idea of leadership and the responsibility of a captain as he pushed for the win. The moment we won is one I’ll never forget; as cars honked down the street outside, as people yelled and screamed for our victory, and people drank to our success, I will never forget how proud he was of his team when he ran out with his injured knee to celebrate. That is a true captain. That is a true sports star. That is Cristiano Ronaldo.
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