Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo once bought a Mercedes ‘before he knew how to drive it’
Cristiano Ronaldo’s former Sporting Lisbon team-mate Vitali Kutuzov reveals how the Man United star once bought a Mercedes ‘before he knew how to drive it’ when he was a teenager… while remembering his ‘hunger’ to be like younger to succeed
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s old teammate has revealed what he was like as a teenager
- Vitali Kutuzov told how he bought a Mercedes before he could drive it at age 17
- The pair were sharing a room at Sporting Lisbon when Ronaldo came on the scene
- Belarusian Kutuzov, then on loan from Milan, remembered his ‘hunger’ to succeed
Cristiano Ronaldo was so passionate about cars as a teenager that he once bought a Mercedes before he knew how to drive it, according to the Manchester United star’s former Sporting Lisbon team-mate.
Ronaldo started his career in his native Portugal with Lisbon before quickly emerging as one of the greatest talents in world football, and during his first and only full season with the club, he befriended Belarusian star Vitali Kutuzov, who played in loan was given. came from AC Milan in 2002-2003.
The former striker revealed how the pair often shared a room together, recalling a time when the future star of United, Real Madrid and Juventus bought a brand new shiny car – before he could even legally drive it at the age of 17.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s former Sporting Lisbon team-mate, Vitali Kutuzov (R), recalls how the Portuguese attacker once bought a Mercedes before he could drive it
Kutuzov said Ronaldo had ‘incredible satisfaction’ owning the Mercedes just 17 years old
Ronaldo and Kutuzov (pictured in training) shared a room during the 02-03 season
“We were only on the team for one year, but it was often him and me,” Kutuzov said in an interview with the Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio† ‘We often shared a room. ‘I remember he got his first car, a Mercedes he didn’t even know’ [how to] to ride. But his satisfaction at getting on the field with a car he bought was unbelievable.”
Ronaldo has long had a love affair with cars, with the 37-year-old often seen alongside his most prized vehicles in his properties.
The five-time Ballon D’or winner has an incredible collection of cars reportedly worth £17 million – including a brand new Bentley Flying Spur, which he has seen drive into the training ground at United’s Carrington. It has a value of approximately €164,000.
Ronaldo has always had a huge passion for cars and owns a huge collection of vehicles
The Manchester United star’s amazing collection is worth a reported £17million
Ronaldo also owns a host of supercars, including three Ferraris, two Lamborghinis, two Burgattis, two McLarens, two Rolls-Royce, a Porsche 911 Turbo and many Audi and Mercedes-AMGs.
During their time together, Kutuzov said he shared his experiences with some of the top players at AC Milan with Ronaldo – who was interested to hear about his career at the San Siro.
“We were two kids in a team of champions that had won everything,” he added.
‘He was 17 years old, I was 21. The goal was to show myself. He asked me questions about Milan and what it was like to train with players of that caliber.’
Kutuzov – now 42 and retired after a career spent mainly in Italy with Sampdoria, Parma and Bari – had plenty of superlatives for Ronaldo after closely following him before rising to superstardom.
Kutuzov said Ronaldo had shown ‘hunger’ to score goals and praised him for becoming a ‘complete’ player today
Noting how ‘hungry’ he was to score goals, he said he was now seeing a transformation into a ‘complete’ player who started his career as ‘more of a dribbler’.
‘He was hungry to finish’ [chances]although he’s a different player now [now],’ he continued. “At the time, he was more of a dribbler. Today it is complete and contributes in every way.”
Ronaldo would first go to United in 2003-2004 – he scored 118 goals in 292 appearances, won the Champions League in 2008 and won the Premier League title three times before sealing an £80 million transfer to Real Madrid.
At the Bernabeu, he became a legend of the club with four Champions League wins and two LaLiga wins – scoring 450 goals in 438 games before moving to Juventus.
In Italy, he scored a further 101 goals, won two Serie A titles and the Copa Del Rey before sealing a fairytale return to United last summer.