Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was FIFA Ballon d’Or/Ballon d’Or winner in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and The five Ballon d’Or time winner has also won four European Golden Shoes, both of which are records for a European player.
He has won 31 major trophies in his career, including seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League title. Ronaldo holds the records for the most goals (134) and assists (42) in the history of the UEFA Champions League.
Ronaldo began his international career with Portugal under-15 in During his international youth career, Ronaldo also played under-17, under-20, under-21, and under-23 national sides, amassing 34 youth caps and scoring 18 goals.
He has scored over 780 senior career goals for club and country. He is La Liga second-highest goal scorer only after Lionel Messi his perceived career rival. His rivalry with Argentina player Messi has been compared to sports rivalries such as the Muhammad
Ali–Joe Frazier rivalry in boxing, the Borg–McEnroe rivalry in tennis, and the Ayrton Senna–Alain Prost rivalry from Formula One motor racing.
We take a look at top 10 facts you probably didn’t know about this Greatest of all time footballer.
1.He is known by the world as Christiano Ronaldo. But his real name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro.
2. As a child, Ronaldo played for Andorinha from 1992 to 1995, where his father was the kit man. He later began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United in 2003, aged 18.
3. At age 15, he was diagnosed with a heart condition that almost made him give up playing football. He went on to make a full recovery.
4. No 7 jersey has become his trademark. Upon signing with Manchester United from sporting in the 2003-04 season, He received the number 7 shirt, which had previously been worn by such United players as George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Through the insistence of Sir. Alex Furgeron, He was given the number 7 jersey which became an extra source of motivation for Ronaldo. Arriving at Real Madrid for the 2009-2010 season. He was unable to have his favorite jersey which was worn by the captain Raul. Following Raúl’s departure, Ronaldo was handed the number 7 shirt for Real Madrid before the 2010–11 season.
5. Ronaldo was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017 and the world’s most famous athlete by ESPN from 2016 to 2019. He is also the first footballer, and also the only third sportsman, to earn $1 billion in their career.
6. Ronaldo scored his first and only hat-trick for Manchester United in a 6–0 win against Newcastle United on 12 January 2008. In 2008 he also became United’s first Ballon d’Or winner since George Best in 1968, and the first Premier League player to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year.
7. He became the first non-Spanish player in 60 years to captain Madrid in El Clásico on 30 January, a match which also marked his 500th club appearance. He is also the first player in history to win 100 Champions League matches and Portuguese highest Top scorer in Serie A history in 22 June 2020.
8. He is been studied as a course at a university in Canada. Fourth-year sociology students at the University of British Columbia Okanagan study his life and career.
9. He was awarded the Medal of Merit, Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa by the Portuguese Royal Family.
10. Ronaldo has a museum in Funchal (CR7 Museum) that is dedicated to his life, career, rare photos, trophies, and awards that he has won over the years. What a great way to be reminded you’re the best than by a museum showcasing all your accomplishments.
It is an undisputable fact that each era has its superstar, and there is no single doubt that Ronaldo is the star in this era. Some football fans may argue that Lionel Messi is the greatest player of the time.
Ronaldo has broken virtually all football records. He has broken almost all the records held by previous holders. One major record still remains to be won by him and that is the FIFA World Cup. Will he make history winning the 2022 World cup with his country Portugal, only time will tell.
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