Throughout the course of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has faced a lot of criticism. He's been called a narcissist, a selfish player, and he's faced way more scrutiny than the average superstar.
However, his former teammate Eric Djemba-Djemba claims people don't actually know the true Cristiano Ronaldo, an emotional guy that was actually a nice guy to deal with and a very generous friend:
"People can watch Ronaldo on the television, but they don’t know the real Cristiano. Cristiano is a man, who had a difficult time as a kid in football. People see him on the television and think he is arrogant or takes the piss out of people, but Cristiano is an emotional man. You need to talk to him to see who he really is. My mom passed away and he said Eric if you need me, you can call me, you can visit me, don’t worry I am here for you.
Every day when we were together at United, we drove to training together. Sometimes we would drive in my car; sometimes we would drive in his car. After training we went to eat at Nandos in Manchester; he helped me discover Nandos!. When we went to away games, we were roommates. He was my best friend. We were together every single day for training; sometimes I would go to his house to eat as his house as his mother was there with him when Cristiano was young. Sometimes he would come to my house to eat, as I was living alone in Rio Ferdinand’s old house!” Djemba-Djemba told American Gambler.
Cristiano's journey to stardom started off at Manchester United after joining them from Sporting CP in 2003, helping them win a UEFA Champions League before leaving to Real Madrid.
He may seem a bit arrogant at times when he talks about his personal accolades, but, judging for all the philanthropic work he's done over the course of the years, and all that he's accomplished as a sportsman, you just can't disrespect him.