Cristiano Ronaldo, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers to ever play the game, is 36 years old yesterday. From humble beginnings, the Portuguese, brick-and-mortar, have built up a solid career that has seen him solidify his place in the football empire and continue to build new records over the years, which seem to have little effect on his quest for goal goals.
He has tasted success at club and international level and has played for some of the biggest clubs including Manchester United of the Premier League, Real Madrid of La Liga and currently at Juventus, defending Serie A champions. He has won the Euro Championship and the UEFA Nations League with Portugal, league titles in England, Spain and Italy, multiple Champions League titles and five times has been honored as the world’s best footballer.
His great success on the field was reflected in his salary. In 2020, he became the third athlete in history to earn billions of dollars in his professional career behind golfer Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Apart from Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona, he is considered one of the greatest footballers of his generation.
Here are some interesting facts about Ronaldo’s life and career.
# Ronaldo has been found to have a young chasing heart that could have ended his dream of taking up football as a career. However, he underwent surgery before resuming his training a few days later.
# Ronaldo represented Andorinha’s youth team where his father was a kitman. He was last signed by Sporting CP before catching the eye of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
#Before joining United, Ronaldo’s representatives scrutinized options with other clubs including Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC and FC Barcelona. Eventually, he joined United for a reported transfer fee of £ 12.24 million.
# Ronaldo quickly became a fan favorite at Old Trafford impressing with his driving skills, speed and scoring goals. He has won three Premier League and Champions League titles with the club before leaving Real Madrid in 2009. Back In the year 2008, he even won his first Ballon d’Or award.
# Ronaldo came to Real after breaking the transfer record (£ 80 million) with an estimated 80,000 fans who attended his opening ceremony at the Santiago Bernabéu. He went on to become their leading scorer and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League titles during his spell without further ado. Before leaving Real, Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or four times.
# With 134 goals so far, Ronald has won the most competition in the history of the UEFA Champions League.
#He is one of two soccer players who scored in each minute of the game.
# With 102 goals for Portugal, he is second on the list of top scorers at the international level. Iran’s Ali Daei currently leads the list with 109 goals.
#He won most of the hat-tricks (9) at world level and became the oldest player (33 years and 130 days) to do so at the FIFA World Cup.