What is it about Ronaldo that you love? Is it the records that he sets? Is it because that the facts say that he is among the best, if not the best, of all footballers that play today? Why do we always have comparisons between him and Messi? We will talk about what makes Ronaldo one of the greatest players in the world, and give you a comparison of the records and facts he has to his name.
Born on the 5th of February, 1985, to José Dinis Aveiro and Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (his full name) has three other siblings. Today, he stands at a good 6 foot 2 inch tall, and brought up in the Portuguese island of Madeira, nothing stopped him from pursuing what he desired to. His motivation – Understanding What Goes in the Mind of a Successful Player Like Him Ronaldo, as an adolescent had perceived that he was quite capable of playing with professionals. That was when his supportive mother let him quit education midway, and she turned her entire focus on his pursuit of football as a profession.
He became the most expensive player in the history of football when Alex Ferguson, the manager of Manchester United signed him for £12.24 million. He was known as, in Ferguson’s words, “one of the most exciting young player”. He also became the first ever Portuguese player to become a part of the sensational franchise. Originally, Ronaldo had requested for number 28 on his jersey, but once given number 7, he took inspiration from it as it was also worn by another remarkable player, David Beckham. For Ronaldo, Ferguson remains one of his greatest motivations as he says, “He’s been my father in sport, one of the most important and influential factors in my career.”
His Goals and Growth as a Player In Manchester United
Ronaldo began his football career as a professional in his debut match in the Premier League. He just became a 60th minute substitute for Nicky Butt and that was the day he was extolled for being “undoubtedly the most exciting debut”. He scored his first goal for Manchester United against Portsmouth for a 3 – 0 win. He also managed to score the 1000th goal for Manchester United in the Premier League on the 29th of October, 2004. In the third season of the Football League Cup, Ronaldo was imposed with a one – match ban for making an offensive one – figured – gesture at the fans of Benfica. He also misbehaved on the field by kicking Andy Cole (former United player). Even his teammate Ruud van Nistelrooy took offence at his annoying style of play.
As a sportsperson, Ronaldo quite went off the mark. However, the 2006 – 07 season of the World Cup proved to be his breakthrough. He won his first Premier League title by breaking the 20 – goal barrier. It was at this time that he underwent coaching from René Maulensteen who ensured his field improvements, and taught him various strategies. This led to a major development in his personality. He became the third player to receive consecutive honors, that year, after being crowned the Premier League Player of the Month. As a potent striker, Ronaldo scored his first ever goal in the UEFA Champions’ League in the 7 – 1 victory over Roma. He made first and only hat trick against Newcastle United on the 12th of January, 2008. In the very same year, Ronaldo became the first winger to win the prestigious European Golden Shoe and 31 goals in the League earned him the Premier League Golden Boot. Ronaldo also bolstered his team to win the FIFA Club World Cup Finals against Liga de Quito, simultaneously winning the Silver Ball.
In Real Madrid
Ronaldo was welcomed to the team by 80,000 fans, surmounting Diego Maradona’s 25 – year record of 75,000 fans. He made his debut against Deportivo la Coruna and scored a penalty shot for the 3 – 2 home win. He received his first red card against Almeria after a seven – week recovery from his ankle injury. He finished empty handed in his first season as a player of Real Madrid. In his entire career thus far, he scored four goals for the first time in a single match against Racing Santander. He subsequently made a number of hat–tricks. Conclusion Ronaldo, during his time at Real Madrid itself, had scored over 450 goals. His only comparison, to be honest, could be Messi, who has to his credit around 472 goals in the same time period. However, Ronaldo has achieved more awards than Messi, including winning the Spanish Super Cup this year. Messi didn’t find himself as lucky in 2018 yet. More, in his entire career, he has converted as many as 95 of his 115 penalties taken so far, a state that is worthy to share indeed. With the 2nd La Liga title last year, he is among the best players out there today in football.
Despite all the incidents Ronaldo was involved in, rumored, controversial or offensive, we saw an emerging player who made a historical difference with all his achievements. Beginning from a scratch, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be an unparalleled player and a distinct person to look up to.