Real Madrid v Sporting CP
The Champions League group phase launches into life this week, and the reigning champs, Real Madrid, begin the defence of their trophy at home against Sporting CP.
The battle of the Iberian side will likely focus in on one player: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo began his career at Sporting, before he was picked up by Manchester United after impressing in a pre-season friendly.
The rest is history.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s still a Sporting CP member
Portuguese paper Record have printed quotes from Ronaldo ahead of this week’s game against Sporting.
During the conversation, the Los Blancos superstar revealed he’s still a paid up member of the Lions fan club:
I have my member subscription at Sporting paid until this day.
In other quotes, Ronaldo has spoken fondly of the club that gave him his break into football, however he also revealed he plans to win the match for Real Madrid.
Cristiano: "Sporting is the club that made me, it’s the club that’s in my heart. But I love Real Madrid and I have a duty to the club."
— CR7 Fans | Ronaldo (@Cr7Prince4ever) September 11, 2016