Nacional got 10-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo for the Bargain of the Century

Cristiano Ronaldo is/was the most expensive footballer of all time (depending on whether you believe Gareth Bale’s fee surpassed his; it’s still the source of some debate and mystery).

When he signed for Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for £80million, the Portuguese became the most expensive transfer of all time, with United making around a 700% profit on the £12m they paid for him six years previous.

But it was a lot less glamorous and golden back in his childhood days in Madeira.

Before moving to Lisbon to sign for Sporting in in 2002, the young Ronaldo started out with local Madeiran club Andorinha.

In a random claim from the Sun (who don’t include their original source), we’re told that Real Madrid’s record goalscorer was bought by Nacional from Andorinha for the princely sum of…

two sets of kit and 20 footballs.

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fair to say that Nacional got the bargain of the century, and, in contrast, poor Andorinha were shafted.