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What is there for Manchester United fans in Cristiano Ronaldo's new film?

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Former Manchester United great Cristiano Ronaldo is the subject of a new film about his life, but any Manchester United fans hoping to learn about his time at the club will be disappointed.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has a film out. It's called, with typical modesty, Ronaldo, and it is about, with typical modesty, Cristiano Ronaldo. There's a full review up over on SB Nation's main soccer site — written by your humble correspondent — but by way of an added bonus for the Busby Babe faithful, here's some quick information on what there is in the film that might appeal specifically to United fans:

Nothing.

Well, that's not quite true. There is a few seconds of Rio Ferdinand bumping into Jorge Mendes in a restaurant, there are a couple of clips of Ronaldo dribbling while wearing a United shirt, and there's an interesting nugget concerning how he ended up at United over most of Europe's other clubs. While everybody else was talking about Ronaldo spending a season longer at Sporting, Alex Ferguson promised Jorge Mendes that he'd appear in 50% of United's games that season. He kept his word, too: Ronaldo appeared in 40 games out of 55.

That's about your lot, though. One of the most frustrating things about the film is the absence from the story of any details surrounding his footballing development. He came to United an highly talented, exceptionally raw teenager who weighed about six stone and had noodles in his hair; he left as a goalscoring monstrosity and, at the time, the most expensive player in the world. What happened over those six years is almost entirely absent, omitted in favour of bromides about hard work and self-belief, and montages about how important the Ballon d'Or is.

Ultimately, the film is a disappointment for any football fan with even the vaguest interest in how one of the world's best players became who he is. But for a United fan hoping to get an insight into his time at the club, that disappointment can count double.