Everybody seems surprised that Cristiano is excellent in table tennis. But it’s nothing new.
Cristiano told already in his book ‘Moments’ in 2007 that
he turned down the chance to join the table tennis team in his native Madeira for pursuing a career in football. (x)
“After football, ping pong is my favourite sport. I love to watch professional games and I like to play.
began to feel a fascination for table tennis as a child because it is a
very popular sport in Madeira, where there are several nationally
competitive clubs. I started playing as a boy in my neighbourhood and at school.
When I moved to the school of Sporting, I kept playing ping pong. There were plenty of tables in the athletes’ common and I spent good times there with my team-mates.
One day the coach of the Sporting table tennis said, “I’ve seen you
play and I think you can become a good table tennis player. Want to get
in the team?”. “No, no thanks”, I replied without hesitation. “I want to
be a footballer. Ping pong is a hobby, not a sport in which you want to
be professional,” I said.
‘He tried to persuade me again and again. I always said “no”, and he finally gave up. Football was my passion.
'I do not know if the ping pong has lost a good player, but I know that even today I enjoy playing.
'I play with the right, left… Without being boastful, I think I do
pretty well. Even those who think they have a chance against me give up
when faced with the facts.”