Ronaldo's shirt 'the best' Norwood's got

Published Wednesday, 17 October 2012
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Northern Ireland may be giving themselves a pat on the back after drawing with Portugal in the World Cup qualifiers, but one player has an extra special piece of memorabilia.

Ronaldo's shirt 'the best' Norwood's got
Cristiano Ronaldo in his number seven shirt before giving it to Oliver Norwood. (© Pacemaker)

Midfielder Oliver Norwood came away from Tuesday evening's game with Cristiano Ronaldo's number seven shirt.

Ronaldo, who captains his home side, is one of the highest paid and most prominent footballers in the world.

During the jersey swap, 21-year-old Norwood made sure he was front of the queue to take home the Real Madrid forward's shirt, with a little help from another footballing friend.

"I've got the same agent as Rio Ferdinand and I was saying to him could you get me the shirt sorted so that I get his shirt next week and he said no bother," Norwood told UTV.

He had a quiet word with Ronaldo before the match at Dragao Stadium to remind the player of their deal, "and give him his due he gave me his shirt straightaway," he commented.

Norwood's fiancee Abigail Smalley tweeted that she could the player in the background and said he wouldn't be happy if he came home without Ronaldo's shirt.

The Huddersfield player said he will be framing the shirt, which he described as the "best I've got".

"It will be great to show my kids in years to come and my family that I've got Ronaldo's shirt and played against Ronaldo."

The Green and White Army scored within the first 30 minutes of the match and Portugal did not successfully hit back until the 79th minute.

Ronaldo received his 100th cap for the game and although he had numerous chances to put the ball in the net, the 27-year-old was shackled by NI's hard-working defence.

"I think he's an unbelievable player and we've done well to keep him so quiet tonight," added Norwood. "He wasn't too happy but nobody's happy when they don't win football games."

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SHORT STRAND MAN in belfast wrote (835 days ago):
seems oliver norwood is a bit starstruck with christiano. maybe if he had forgot about the shirt deal for 90 mins n.ireland might have won the match.does he know the final score? did he get a signed photo too?
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