Cristiano Ronaldo, the boy from Madeira has now become Cristiano Ronaldo, the legend! He has come a long way from being a lanky teenager with a heart problem to becoming one of the greatest to have ever played football. Join us as we relive some of his major accomplishments. Cristiano Ronaldo is one part of the two-man act (Ronaldo and Messi) that have redefined how we view football today. One of the greatest footballers of the decade and arguably he is the greatest European player of all time.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Career Stats –
550 GOALS REAl MADRID - 366 MAN UTD - 118 PORTUGAL - 61 SPORTING CP - 5
His career was born on the streets of Madeira that led him to the heart of Madrid – via a memorable 6 years in Manchester – to become the face of modern football. In this post, we are going to share some of this career-changing games that defined the player we adore and admire.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 6 best career moments that shaped his career
1. Debut with Manchester United (Aug. 16, 2003)
Cristiano Ronaldo the legend became Manchester United’s first-ever Portuguese player following his £12m move from Sporting Lisbon. How different things might have been if the two other teams vying for his services – Arsenal and Barcelona – had been able to seal the deal.
Ronaldo made his Manchester United debut as a 61st-minute substitute for Nicky Butt against Bolton on the opening day of the 2003-04 season and that was the moment when football experts knew this guy was going to be a huge deal.
2. Crying after losing the Euro final
For many, this moment could seem to be the low point of Ronaldo, but for us, this was the exact moment that was truly the mark of his outpour to go on to become the best player in the world. After losing the Euro 2004 final against a sturdy Greece side, the 19-year old Cristiano Ronaldo burst into tears. This is indeed one of the memorable moments for his fans that truly depicted his passion for the game and his will to win every game. The loss had shattered him to the bones, his dream of winning a trophy with Portugal was crushed and his reaction on the pitch was pure and honest. Crying is a sign of strength that the Real Madrid man showed just that at that very moment. Since that instant, he gradually matured to the point where he became the best player in the world for a certain point of time.
3. Manchester United vs Arsenal – Semi-finals, UEFA Champions League 2009
Ronaldo was at its peak in this match. This is what you get when you mix the sheer entertainment of his youth and the unparalleled efficiency the player showcases. In the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Champions League 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo the legend was unstoppable. Arsenal wasn’t all that shabby a side, after all, they had also made it to the Semi-Finals, but they were devitalized at the Emirates that night by a man, who was often compared to Lionel Messi’s caliber as the best player in the world. That night Ronaldo had led the ruthless United to Rome.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 5 Greatest Free Kicks of All Time
This came at the end of a season when the last three months of his time at United saw some of the best footballing displays England has ever seen. This was the zenith.
4. Ronaldo’s 500th goal against Malmo in September 2015
Cristiano Ronaldo the legend is fondly referred as goal machine. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 500th club goal against America in the Club World Cup in September 2015. The Ballon d’Or winner seized the goal in the 93rd minute against America by shooting past Moises Munoz, thus joining Raul as Real Madrid’s highest ever scorer. A delve into the legacy making halfway to a thousand goals reveals the extent of feats he has achieved over the course of the 15 years since he first scored as a bold, confident 17-year-old at Sporting Lisbon. In doing so he gave more than just a glimpse into the future.
Ronaldo’s first goal
- 225 goals in 200 La Liga games.
- 21 goals in 28 Copa Del Rey games.
- 64 goals in 64 European games.
- 3 goals in 8 other games (Supercopa de Espana, International Club Cup)
5. Real Madrid vs Wolfsburg – Quarter-finals, UEFA Champions League 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo the legend sealed a hat-trick to help Real Madrid reach the Champions League semi-finals for the 6th successive season. Cristiano Ronaldo managed to wipe out the first-leg deficit and scored two goals in two first-half minutes to level the tie before sealing it with a late free-kick. The Portugal international geared up to make a free-kick which Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio was unable to keep out.
Wolfsburg had already shocked Real Madrid with an all-inclusive 2-0 defeat at home during their quarterfinal clash. Volunteering a skyward task at the Bernabeu, Ronaldo went about displaying just what he could do on a football ground. Over the previous 7 years, Ronaldo had broken every record he could get his hands on. Even though there were many exhibits of his pure skills in previous matches, this one had it all. His off-the-ball movement saw him glide away at the far post from where he made a free tap-in. While he had been several times injured for the kind of goals he made, but those efforts have always worthwhile showing his sheer passion for the sports.
6. Portugal vs France – Final, Euro 2016
His second Euro final and he was in tears again. Captain and mentor of his national team now, Ronaldo had to be stretchered off just before the half-hour mark but by then he had already transmitted his pure passion into his teammates on the pitch. He had played well throughout the tournament, but fate had been cruel to him at the last second and he was ruled out following injury. Inspired by what Ronaldo had told him just before Extra-time, Eder made his brilliant winning shot thus allowing Portugal to win their first ever major international trophy. Even though Ronaldo hadn’t played this match, but after 12 years those tears had finally turned. From sorrow to joy.Those things matter.
7. Portugal vs Spain – World Cup, 2018
Ronaldo is quite notoriously known to turn a tie around all by himself. He has proven this on numerous occasions. His hattrick against the Spaniards on football’s biggest stage is one such instance. Cristiano is known to not shy away from pressure, rather, he excels under it. When the world’s eyes remained fixated on the man, he simply puffed his chest up and composed himself. As the world watched with bated breath, he let out a sigh characteristic of him before finding the back of the net for the 3rd time that night against a stellar defensive duo of Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique. Even though the match ended in a stalemate, Ronaldo’s heroics earned Portugal a valuable point against one of the giants in international football.
8. Ronaldo vs Atletico Madrid, 2019
Ronaldo and Atletico Madrid have always had bad blood between them ever since his stint at Real Madrid, with the former usually getting the better of the latter. This fierce rivalry left the alleys of Madrid and followed Cristiano all the way to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. The tie was to be played over 2 legs – The first one in the Wanda Metropolitano where Los Rojiblancos managed to inflict a seemingly insurmountable beating to Juventus by hammering them by 2 goals. Fast forward to the 2nd leg, the determination in Cristiano’s eyes was apparent. He set out to reverse the fortunes of the Old Lady. What seemed impossible just 90 minutes ago turned into reality as Ronaldo scored all 3 goals against a supposed ‘impervious’ defence. His efforts turned out to be more than enough for Juventus’ redemption who marched on to the next stage because of their main man!
So those were Cristiano Ronaldo’s 6 best career moments that shaped his career. A footballer who never lets his team down, and a name so famous half the population of the world knows him, Cristiano Ronaldo the legend for you. With all his incredible tricks and goals on the field, Ronaldo perfectly exemplifies that nothing is impossible.
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