​Portuguese defender Jose Fonte has revealed the chain of events that lead to his first ever meeting with his national teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.


Fonte and Ronaldo used to play together in the same youth team at Sporting Lisbon and have ​remained teammates in the Portugal national team through the youth ranks, where they won the Euros in 2016 and the Nations League three years later.


However, when the two players first met each other, they didn't have a conversation right away as Ronaldo was too busy showing his competitiveness.


"I was 16 and [Ronaldo] had just turned 15," the former ​Southampton and ​West Ham defender said an interview with The Times.


He continued, "The first day I saw him in a match I was obviously impressed; he was different from everyone else, anyone could see that, but what impressed me the most was his mentality."



Revealing the first memory he has of the now ​Juventus hitman, Fonte stated, "Since that age, I used to see him (Ronaldo) working harder than anyone else: wanting to be stronger, wanting to be faster, betting that he would lift more weight. The first memory I have is him in the shower doing press-ups against other team-mates, saying 'I'm going to do more press-ups than you'."


Well, another similar story was revealed by Mick Clegg, who served as ​Manchester United's former power development coach. On visiting the club's gym for the first time ever, Ronaldo had told Clegg, "He came up to me and said, 'I want to be the best player in the world and I want you to help me. No, I am going to be the best player in the world and I want you to help me.'"