Thirteen years ago, Cristiano Ronaldo was not wearing the number 7 that would become synonymous with his identity. He was still just a teenager, wearing number 28, on the cusp of realizing his full potential. The CR7 moniker, now known around the world, was a distant dream for the shy Portuguese playmaker. On August 6th, 2003 his life was changed forever when Lisbon, the club team he earned a starting spot with after growing through the youth ranks, played against the football powerhouse Manchester United.
Cristiano created two goals that day as Lisbon beat United 3-1. His performance was so impressive that Manchester players encouraged Sir Alex Ferguson to sign the young talent after the game. The legendary coach didn't need much persuasion, and Ronaldo was signed within a week for a record-breaking £12.24 million.