Cristiano Ronaldo is a one-of-a-kind player. A really one-of-a-kind athlete who has influenced a generation.
So, what if another Ronaldo is on the way? Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. could be the one to lead the next generation of brilliance.
It’s a tall order. Football is littered with legendary sons who attempted to follow in the footsteps of their successful fathers and failed miserably.
Brooklyn Beckham, David Beckham’s son, underwent trials with Arsenal before deciding against pursuing a career. Diego Maradona’s son tested out for Italy’s lesser leagues before becoming a ‘beach footballer.’
Harvey Neville, Phil Neville’s son, tried briefly in United’s academy before joining Inter Miami last year, where he has yet to make a competitive first-team debut.
As a result, the odds are stacked against Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. But, given his father’s track record of confounding expectations, why not?
Ronaldo is training him and assisting him, and during a session in Dubai, the boy was seen kicking a ball around with his dad in the background.
There are a few exceptions. Kasper Schmeichel won the Premier League after his father, Peter Schmeichel, and while he has not been as outstanding as his father, he has had an impressive career.
Ronaldo’s son may not be the only member of Ronaldo’s 2008 Champions League-winning team to try his luck at United.
Wayne Rooney’s son Kai is a few years older and is also progressing through Manchester United’s academy.
The prospects of any of them making it at United are slim, but what a story it would be if one or both of them became celebrities at Old Trafford.
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