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Cristiano Ronaldo’s first ever transfer fee revealed

We have all come to know Cristiano Ronaldo as the man who left Man United to join Real Madrid for £80million.

But the boy from Madeira’s first transfer fee was slightly more humble.

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A ten-year-old Ronaldo joined Nacional from Andorinha for two sets of kit and 20 footballs.

Fulham paid a similar fee, 30 tracksuits, for Zat Knight although he wasn’t quite as successful.

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Kit and equipment were no longer sufficient to buy a 12-year-old Ronaldo as Sporting paid Nacional just over £15,000 for his services in 1997.

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Sporting made a decent profit when they sold Ronaldo off to United for £12m six years later, before United sold Ronaldo to Madrid in 2009.

Along the way investors, agents and banks have also netted £16m- not a bad investment!