Cristiano Ronaldo, the renowned Portuguese footballer, will be celebrating his 40th birthday on Monday. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Every day, Ronaldo continues to defy the limitations of age. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner embodies the concept of gracefully maturing over time.
Cristiano was born in Madeira on February 5, 1985, and faced numerous challenges during his childhood. He worked diligently by cleaning streets to support his family financially. Nevertheless, the challenges he encountered in his formative years did not deter him from achieving the status of being the top football player globally.
CR7 began his football journey with the Portuguese club Sporting CP when he was just 16 years old. He was the first player from Sporting CP to have played for the U-16, U-17, U-18, B-team, and the first team, even before joining the senior team in 2002.
During his time with Sporting CP’s senior team from 2002 to 2003, he managed to score four goals in 28 matches.
Nevertheless, his skills garnered significant attention from top English clubs such as Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United. However, ultimately, it was former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson who emerged victorious in securing Ronaldo’s signature for United in July 2003.
With SAF’s guidance, the Portuguese player quickly gained attention from major media outlets and proudly donned the iconic ‘number 7’ jersey. He emerged as a vital asset for Manchester United during the early 2000s. In addition to his contributions to United’s success, the Portuguese played a key role in securing three Premier League titles and one UEFA Champions League (UCL) victory in 2008.
Throughout his six-year tenure with the English club, CR7 managed to score an impressive 112 goals, showcasing his prowess in 277 matches for the Red Devils. In 2008, he achieved a significant milestone by winning his first Ballon d’Or trophy.
Following the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season, the previous recipient of the prestigious Ballon d’Or award made a surprising decision to join the esteemed Spanish club, Real Madrid, thus becoming the highest-priced player globally. Los Blancos made a significant investment of 80 million euros to secure his transfer to the Spanish capital.
Despite beginning his Real Madrid career wearing the number 9 jersey, he defied expectations and transformed into a prolific goalscorer. In his very first season, he managed to score an impressive 33 goals.
During his second season with Real, Cristiano Ronaldo achieved an impressive feat by scoring 40 goals, making him the top scorer in the league.
Ronaldo’s time with the Los Angeles Dodgers was marked by a consistent breaking of records, establishing a new norm for his exceptional performance.
He achieved an impressive record, winning four UCL, two La Liga, three UEFA Super Cup, two Copa Del Rey, and three FIFA Club World Cup trophies with the Whites.
Ronaldo has an impressive record of 450 goals in 438 matches for the Los Blancos, making him the highest goalscorer in the history of Real Madrid. CR7 also has the highest number of UCL goals, which he accomplished while playing for Real Madrid. He has an impressive record of scoring 105 goals for the Spanish club in the UEFA Champions League.
Ronaldo’s incredible bicycle kick goal against Juventus in the UCL 2018 quarterfinal first leg will always be etched in our memories.
He achieved the remaining four Ballon d’Or awards during his time with Real Madrid in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
In 2018, the player from Madeira left the Whites and joined Serie A club Juventus, confirming the earlier rumors. The 39-year-old successfully completed a transfer to Juventus, securing a deal worth 100 million euros, which also included an additional 12 million euros in fees.
The transfer of the Portuguese player was also noted as the highest for a player who is over 30 years old.
Nevertheless, there seems to be a lack of discussion surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s tenure at the Italian club. However, he managed to score an impressive 101 goals in just 134 matches for them. He achieved great success with Juventus, winning two Serie A titles, two Super Cups, and one Coppa Italia title.
He completed his time with Juventus in 2021 and made his way back to his childhood team, Manchester United.
He participated in a mere 54 games during his time with the Red Devils and managed to score an impressive 27 goals. Unfortunately, the relationship between them quickly deteriorated when he strongly criticized United coach Erik Ten Hag in a highly debated interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo expressed his belief that Ten Hag did not show proper respect towards him, which ultimately led to United ending their contract with the 39-year-old.
Following his departure from United, CR7 surprised fans once again by joining Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League in January 2023. During his time with the Riyadh-based club, he managed to score an impressive 44 goals in 50 games.
Throughout the current season of the Saudi Pro League, the Portuguese player has showcased his skills in 18 matches for the Riyadh-based club, managing to find the back of the net 20 times. In the 2023–24 season, Ronaldo also managed to contribute with nine assists for Al Nassr.
He had an absolutely incredible 2023, as he finished the year by achieving the title of the world’s leading goal scorer. In 2023, the talented player managed to score an impressive 54 goals for both his national team and his current club, Al Nassr.
Ronaldo has achieved an incredible feat by holding the world record for the most international goals. Since his debut in 2003, he has scored an impressive 128 goals for Portugal. He achieved the remarkable feat of winning both the UEFA Nations League and the Euro Cup with his country.
The birthday boy is widely regarded as one of the top footballers in the world, having achieved several remarkable records that will be difficult to surpass in the coming years.