Lisbon: They said the best highlights of his career were in his hair rather than in his football but now that perception is changing about Cristiano Ronaldo. The world's most expensive teenage player has been one of the stars of Euro 2004 and further acclaim could follow if he can help Portugal win its first major football title. In a team that boasts the likes of Luis Figo and Pauleta, Cristiano Ronaldo has turned out to be one of the stars of Euro 2004 with two goals and two assists so far. But it is his surging runs down the right flank that have really been the key in Portugal entering the final. The 19 year old started his career at Sporting Lisbon. But then a great performance by the mid-fielder in a friendly against Manchester United last year caught the eye of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The 12.2 million pound transfer made Ronaldo the world's most expensive teenager. Sir Alex was obviously so impressed that he handed Ronaldo the number seven shirt recently vacated by David Beckham. And Ronaldo repaid that faith aÂ" one of his best performances was in the FA cup final, with a header that gave United a win over Milwall. Ronaldo is named after former American president Ronald Reagan, and he certainly seems to possess some diplomacy skills like his namesake. After helping his team beat Netherlands, he was seen hatching plans with his United teammate on how to displace Arsenal in the Premiership next season.
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