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Sad Story Of Former Chelsea Star Who Cristiano Ronaldo Said Was Far Better Than Him

Cristiano Ronaldo first joined Manchester United as a teenager in 2003. At that time, the Portuguese international was seen as the best youngster in the world. The legendary Sir Alex Ferguson described Cristiano Ronaldo as the most exciting young player he had ever seen. However, Cristiano Ronaldo did not consider himself the best youngster when he arrived at Manchester. On his first interview as a Manchester United player, Cristiano Ronaldo named a fellow teenager who he said was far better than him.

According to Cristiano Ronaldo on his first interview, Fabio Paim is the best youngster he had ever seen. Cristiano Ronaldo said that Fabio Paim who was his teammate at Sporting CP was far much better than him. Cristiano Ronaldo later went on to win titles as well as individual awards due to his amazing effort. However, many football fans do not know the whereabouts of Fabio Paim.

Well, Sporting CP saw potential in Fabio Paim and they were not willing to release him to top European clubs like FC Barcelona and Chelsea who were already chasing after him. Fabio Paim was made the highest paid youngster in Sporting CP. According to reports, Fabio Paim's salary while he was still at the academy was higher than all the players in the seniors team. Sporting CP loaned Fabio Paim to several clubs like Olivais Moscavide, Trofense, Pacos Ferreira so as to get more experience.

However, things didn't go well with Fabio Paim as Sporting CP had expected. He didn't become a star as they expected. He was loaned out to Premier League giants Chelsea who wanted him in 2008. Unfortunately, things didn't work out for him at Stamford Bridge and he was returned to Sporting CP.

Fabio Paim was finally released by Sporting CP to Torreense where he only spent one season before being sold to Agosto FC. Fabio Paim even played for an African club, Benfica Luanda in Angola. Football fans had totally forgotten about him as he was struggling with his career. In 2018, Fabio Paim announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 30 years. In his career, Fabio Paim just won one title, Segunda Liga 2007-08 with Sporting CP.

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