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Best in the world Cristiano Ronaldo honoured in new Sporting Lisbon throwback ki

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Sporting have honoured Cristiano Ronaldo and their Estadio Jose Alvalade home in a new throwback kit released for 2023-24.

The Portuguese giants will don the new stylish black and gold design, which offers a nod to the grand opening of the club’s famous stadium on August 6, 2003.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo was on show for them that day, producing a stellar performance in a friendly with Manchester United that convinced the Red Devils to sign the then teenager.

Sporting have said of their new kit in a statement on the club’s official website: “Travel back in time with us to 2003. It’s the 6th of August. Imagine you are at the grand opening of the new Estadio Jose Alvalade. The referee is about to kick off the match against Manchester United FC… We’ve returned to this moment, recaptured the best of this day and the best of what is Made In Sporting.

“We now invite you to go back to the future, 20 years ahead and five Ballon d’Or awards later. It’s the 6th of August 2023. It’s our home’s anniversary, and we have prepared a very special gift for you. Introducing our new Lion Skin, inspired by the kit used in 2003, celebrating the 20 years of Estadio Jose Alvalade’s existence. A unique jersey that completes a virtuous triangle between Sporting CP, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Nike. The best in the world, united in one, and a memorable jersey.”

Ronaldo made 31 competitive appearances for Sporting’s first team, scoring five goals, but would go on to completely rewrite the history books across record-breaking spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. The 38-year-old is now in Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr.

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