Only a few select athletes transcend their sport to become mainstream superstars. Cristiano Ronaldo sits comfortably among that small crowd. From his early days as a rising star with Sporting Lisbon, to his status as a multiple World Player of the Year, Ronaldo has earned more trophies, plaudits and records than many players struggle to dream of. And he shows no signs of slowing down.
Known the world over for his blistering speed and deadly eye for goal, he has become a pivotal figure in modern football. Yet Ronaldo’s success hasn’t come without sacrifice. At a young age, he left his family’s modest home in Madeira to chase his ambition of becoming a professional footballer with Sporting Lisbon. It was a move that soon paid dividends, and by his 18th birthday, his combination of speed and rare dribbling ability was already delighting fans and pundits alike.
One such admirer was Sir Alex Ferguson, whose Manchester United side came calling in 2003. Under the great manager’s tutelage, Ronaldo honed his natural ability to become a world-beater. In six seasons at Old Trafford, he scored over 110 goals, and collected a staggering nine domestic and international trophies. His outstanding return in front of goal helped define arguably Europe’s best club team during that period. Yet bigger things were still to come.
By 2009, Ronaldo was the figurehead of Portugal’s international side and proudly wore the captain’s armband. He was also the world’s then most expensive footballer following a move from Manchester to Real Madrid. As the talisman of a Galácticos side regularly stuffed with the game’s best talents, Cristiano has reached the pinnacle of the game. With three World Player of the Year honours, two Champions League medals, plus a slew of league titles and scoring records for both Manchester United and Real Madrid, Cristiano has secured his standing as a legend of the game. Now he’s turning his attention to poker.
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|UEFA Super Cup||2014|
|FIFA Ballon d’Or Winner||2008, 2013, 2014|
|Copa del Rey Winner||2010-11, 2013-14|
|FIFA World Club Cup||2008, 2014|
|UEFA Champions League||2007-08, 2013-14|
|Golden Shoe Winner||2007-08, 2010-11, 2013-14|
|Spanish Supercopa Winner||2012-13|
|La Liga Winner||2011-12|
|English Premier League Winner||2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09|
|English League Cup Winner||2005-06, 2008-09|
|FIFA World Player of the Year Winner||2008|
|FA Community Shield Winner||2007|
|FA Cup Winner||2003-04|
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