He said: â€śIt was a very difficult period. I was still little, I spoke with the Madeira accent and the moment I asked a question people made fun of me.
â€śIt was very hard to leave my family so early, to discover a different culture, a capital city. Lisbon has nothing to do with Madeira.
â€śEverything was difficult. I missed my parents, my brother and my sister enormously. But that adds value to what I have achieved.
â€śWhen I returned home and then had to go to the airport to take the plane back to Lisbon there were tears and more tears. But we knew it was necessary if I wanted to become a great footballer.â€ť
One of Ronaldoâ€™s darkest moments came when Sportingâ€™s youth side went to Madeira to play against the precocious starâ€™s local team. The whole town were waiting to watch the pride of Madeira playing with the big-city boys against his childhood pals.
Yet Ronaldo was heartbroken after being dropped for being naughty at school.
He recalled: â€śThat was one of my biggest disappointments.
â€śWe had to play against Maritimoâ€™s youth team in the neighbourhood I was born. All my friends and my entire family were waiting for me.
â€śBut the coach punished me because I did something at school, I donâ€™t even remember what now. I cried so much. But I learnt to respect people a bit more, coaches and teachers.
â€śAfter that things went better and better.â€ť