David Beckham and Ronaldo competing at the Commonwealth Games for India in cycling

The Indian team, featuring Ronaldo and David Beckham, contest the men's sprint qualifying on day one of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in London.

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The Indian team, featuring Ronaldo and David Beckham, contest the men’s sprint qualifying on day one of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in London.

Your ears did not deceive you – but your eyes may feel they’re playing tricks.

Contesting the men’s team sprint cycling event for India on day one of the Commonwealth Games were Ronaldo and David Beckham.

Yep, both were named after famous footballers – although in Ronaldo’s case, not either of the two you’re thinking of.

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The promising 20-year-old was named after Brazil’s brilliant Ronaldinho (meaning ‘Little Ronald’) after the mercurial attacker scored a memorable goal from a free-kick against England in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, the Olympics.com website reported.

Watching the match on TV, Ronaldo’s father apparently made a wager as Ronaldinho lined up the free-kick that he’d score. The possibly apocryphal story goes that when the ball went past hapless England goalkeeper David Seaman, Mr Singh got a call to say his wife was going into labour.

The Indian Ronaldo first discovered cycling at the age of 14 during a talent hunt competition in his hometown.

Aged 17, he won India’s first gold medal at a cycling world championships as part of the men’s team sprint at the junior worlds in Germany in 2019.

David Beckham Elkatohchoongo is from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in southern India.

The 18-year-old only took up the sport five years ago. He lost his father during a tsunami in 2004 and his mother died 10 years later, leaving David Beckham to live with his grandfather since.

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