Player Profile: Cristiano Ronaldo

Early Life

Ronaldo was born in February 21st 1985 to Maria and José Aveiro. From a very young age his determination was focused on football and he trained every day pushing his body to the limit.

It wasn’t long before he was got scouted by his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon and it was here where his talent was able to flourish.

Eventually he caught the eye of bigger European Clubs but it was Manchester United who got to him first.

Manchester United V Sporting Lisbon

In 2001, when Cristiano Ronaldo was just 16 years old, Manchester United had scouted and agreed to buy him.

He had turned heads with a mesmerizing performance against the club in a summer friendly and Ronaldo made such an impression that a number of United players asked their manager to sign up the young player.

Martin Edwards (former owner) has a different view on it. He says;

“There is the legend that we bought (Ronaldo) because after a friendly in August with Sporting our players went to Ferguson to convince him to buy him immediately,”

“They said ‘Boss, buy him’.”

“But in reality Sir Alex already knew of him, thanks to (Carlos) Queiroz, his Portuguese assistant, who had already spoken to him (about Ronaldo).” (express.co.uk)

Ronaldo went on to take the English Premier League by storm. His array of tricks and stepovers were remarkable and the confidence he had to try new things was truly amazing considering his age.

Success

Ronaldo won three Premier League titles with Manchester United, the Champions League, FA Cup and two League Cups and his personal accolades were only just beginning.

He was now scoring goals for fun and his trademark free kicks were mesmerising.

In season 08/09 he scored 42 goals and earned himself the FIFA World Player of the Year honour for 2008.

Real Madrid

It wasn’t long before other European clubs came knocking for Ronaldo but it was always his desire to join Real Madrid.

In 2009, the Spanish club agreed to pay a record £80 million for Ronaldo services and it was a world record fee.

Ronaldo’s commitment to Manchester United had come under scrutiny over the last two seasons but his performances had rarely waned.

Ronaldo said of the move;

“I know that they are going to demand a lot of me to be successful at the club and I know that I’m

going to have much more pressure than at Manchester United because I was there for many years,”

“But it means a new challenge and is going to help me be the best footballer.

Ronaldo’s career did not stall in Madrid and he got better. He continued to pile up an incredible list of team and individual accolades.

In 2016 he won the Champions League, the European Championship and the Club World Cup. It was a very good year.

In January 2017, Ronaldo won FIFA’s 2016 best player of the year for the fourth time, beating multiple winner Lionel Messi.

2018 was not a bad end of season either as Ronaldo would win his third consecutive Champions League Final.

This would mark the end of Ronaldo’s time in Madrid and he decided a new challenge must be had for the following season.

Juventus

Ronaldo was bought by Juventus for approximately £100 million pounds and so far he has not disappointed.

A success in both Serie A and Europe he has been unfortunate not take the team further in the latter stages of Europe this year.

He continues to thrill and to dazzle and at the age of 34 he shows no signs of decline. Ronaldo will undoubtedly finish his career and be considered as one of the games all time greats.