CRISTIANO RONALDO carried a piece of paper detailing all of his achievements everywhere he went when he was playing at Real Madrid.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner enjoyed a trophy-laden stint at United before moving to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2009.

Cristiano Ronaldo won several trophies before his blockbuster move to Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo won several trophies before his blockbuster move to Real MadridCredit: GETTY
The Portuguese regularly reminded himself of his achievements with a paper detailing all his trophies

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The Portuguese regularly reminded himself of his achievements with a paper detailing all his trophiesCredit: GETTY

But his accumulation of winners’ medals didn’t stop there as he went on to lift a further 15 trophies during his time in the Spanish capital – which included four Champions League triumphs.

And the Portuguese regularly reminded himself of his accolades by carrying a piece of paper with them written down in his pocket.

That’s according to his former fitness coach at Sporting Lisbon Carlos Bruno, who saw the list of the forward’s accolades during a visit to Real’s training ground.

As he stared down at his CV, Ronaldo told Bruno: “Not bad, eh?”

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The fascinating revelation was revealed in a new book entitled ‘Messi vs Ronaldo’, which also revealed the duo came close to playing against one another in a lucrative All-Stars match.

Ronaldo, 37, has yet to pick up silverware since returning to Manchester United last September.

The Portugal skipper’s future at Old Trafford is currently up in the air as he’s fallen down the pecking order under Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo refused to come on a late sub in United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham earlier this month and was subsequently dropped for the Red Devils’ clash with Chelsea.

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The club legend apologised for his actions on Instagram, writing:  “As I’ve always done throughout my career, I try to live and play respectfully towards my colleagues, my adversaries and my coaches.

“That hasn’t changed. I haven’t changed. I’m the same person and the same professional that I’ve been for the last 20 years playing elite football, and respect has always played a very important role in my decision-making process.

“I started very young, the older and most experienced players examples were always very important to me.

“Therefore, later on, I’ve always tried to set the example myself for the youngsters that grew in all the teams that I’ve represented.

“Unfortunately that’s not always possible and sometimes the heat of the moment gets the best of us.

“Right now, I just feel that I have to keep working hard in Carrington, support my teammates and be ready for everything in any given game.

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“Giving in to the pressure is not an option. It never was. This is Manchester United, and united we must stand. Soon we’ll be together again.”  

Messi vs Ronaldo: One Rivalry, Two GOATs, and the Era That Remade the World’s Game, is out on November 10 and published by Mariner Books.


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