Cristiano Ronaldo is the player of the century. Here's why.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been playing the best football the world has ever seen for the past two decades. It is in no doubt that there's still a few years left in the 35 year old goal-machine from Portugal but what the world has seen has been exceptional.
The superstar came from Sporting Lisbon as a 17 year old to Manchester United with an estimated fee of €15 Million in 2003. Sir Alex Ferguson had spotted the young player in a Champions league game against Lisbon. Ronaldo was a skillful, quick-feet prospect and Manchester united wasted no time and landed the young player at old Trafford where he became what he is known as, a Superstar.
It was in 2005/06 where Ronaldo really transformed into a
beast. He scored 17 league goals at the age of 20 which meant he was the best young player in the Premier league. He won the 'Pichichi', (the goal of the year) the following season with a screamer he scored against Porto. The 07/08 season, he went on to lift the Champions league and Won the league scoring a whooping 31 league goals.
The following season was really a high for Cristiano Ronaldo. However he did not finish the Premier league season as he was bought by Real Madrid in November 2009 and was then the most expensive player in the world. Real Madrid paid close to €100 million for the Portuguese from United and he proved to be worth it in his first season scoring 26 league goals.
The following season was a beginning of what has been the most greatest football in the world. The Superstar went on to score more than 30 goals each season. His arch rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona was beginning to feel the heat as the races for golden boots, the Ballon Do'r, Uefa player of the year and domestic league player of the season awards were starting to be tight.
Messi had enjoyed the Spanish la liga as the King, winning almost everything, season after season, until Ronaldo came. The fall of players like Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto'o, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho exposed Messi as the only great scorer and creative player in the league. However Real Madrid had found their messiah in Ronaldo who won the golden boot from Messi in 2011.
And that was only just the beginning.
In the early years of their rivalry, Messi had an upper hand. He had 4 Ballon D'ors by 2012, at the age of 25, having won all in a row after Ronaldo had taken his only one at that time in 2008. It seemed impossible that Ronaldo would even reach 4 with a lot of young players coming up and Messi still playing his best football. Things did not dwell the same though.
Cristiano Ronaldo's great performance in the La liga and the Champions league saw him win almost all the accolades leaving Messi behind as if he's never been ahead. Ronaldo went on to break Raul's Champions league haul of 77 goals in the competition. He broke the 100 goal mark and was the first player to do it. He set his record in 2014 scoring 17 goals in a single season Champions league.
His 9 seasons at Real Madrid was marked by the 4 x Champions league, 2 x league titles 2 x copa Del rey and 3x Fifa club world cup. Individually over those seasons he won 2 x la liga player of the season, 4 golden boots, 3 Uefa player of the year. 2x FIFA Best and 4X Ballon Do'r (that Equalled him with Messi at some point). These stats proves to be the best achievements Cristiano Ronaldo has ever had in Club level.
He scored 450 goals for Real Madrid, becoming their all time top scorer. 311 of those goals came from the league only. He is currently playing for Juventus where he has scored 58 goals in the league in 2 seasons. Together with his 3 from Lisbon and 84 from United. He has now scored 467 league goals, making him the leading scorer in the top 5 leagues. He is also the top scorer in the Champions league with Messi the only closest player.
Ronaldo has also Achieved a lot of success with Portugal. He won the 2016 Euro with his national team making him the only Ballon Dor winner in the past 13 years to win a trophy with their national team. He also won the Nations league in 2019 making the World cup the only cup to elude him. He recently scored his 102nd goal with his national making him only the second highest scorer of international goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also know for his ariel abilities, scring 120+ goals with his head. His left foot is as lethal as his right also scoring a 120+ goal with it. He has been know for scoring amazing freekicks and could literally score from any angle. He is also a great penalty taker having scored over a 100 penalties since the beginning of his career. He also scores acrobatic goals like the one he scored for Real Madrid against Juventus.
There are many other things Ronaldo has achieved in his football career but for now we end here.
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