Sporting CP have renamed their academy after Cristiano Ronaldo, their most famous graduate.
A young Cristiano Ronaldo shone and turned heads at the Portuguese club almost two decades ago, before becoming a global superstar at Manchester United and later Real Madrid.
He arrived at Old Trafford in 2003 and won the Ballon d'Or four years later after scoring 42 goals that season.
🇵🇹👑 #OnThisDay in 2003, Sporting CP lined up at their new Jose Alvalade stadium in a friendly against Man Utd— Now Football (@Now_FootbaIl) August 6, 2019
This was Cristiano Ronaldo's audition for the Manchester club, in which a £12.24m deal was sealed hours after the game!#MUFC pic.twitter.com/XlPoCXuajj
He then moved to Real Madrid in 2009, having won numerous titles including the Champion League.
He continued with his impressive form in Madrid, winning numerous honors including four Champions League titles and four Ballon d'Or awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to play for Sporting CP's U16, U18, U19, U21, B team & senior team in one season. pic.twitter.com/wnW9o7a7VR— Football Talent Scout - Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) June 6, 2019
The 35-year-old also captained Portugal to the UEFA Nations League title in 2019 and has shown little signs of slowing down despite his age.