Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey is at the top of every player’s wishlist in the world. But for one unlucky Tottenham fella, he had to pass on the chance when it presented itself.
Jamie O’Hara may have been a Premier League footballer in his own right, but even he couldn’t help feeling star-struck by Ronaldo’s presence during his days with Manchester United.
The former midfielder met Cristiano in an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford in January 2008. He played the full 90 minutes, but was powerless to prevent Spurs from crashing out as two second-half goals from CR7 sealed a 3-1 win for United.
So, no matter how much he wanted it, O’Hara had to refrain from asking for Ronaldo’s jersey after the bashing the Portuguese had just handed Spurs.
Speaking to Ally McCoist on talkSPORT, O’Hara said: “I remember playing against Ronaldo once at Old Trafford and I played left-back and played really well… he only scored two.
“I walked off the pitch and thought ‘I can’t really ask for his shirt because he’s just scored two goals and I’ve played left-back’.
“I always wanted Ronaldo’s shirt but out of respect for the Spurs fans on the day I thought ‘it’s not right to take his shirt when he’s given the team a bashing’.”
Ronaldo won his first Ballon d’Or and Champions League titles that year and continued to torment Spurs for one more season before setting off to Real Madrid in a then-world record transfer of €94m.