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Cristiano Ronaldo

This Is Ronaldo’s Story: Where He Started, And Where He Is Now

Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional soccer player and a model. Some people have the opinion that Ronaldo is the best player in the world, but others say the best player in the world is Messi. They have shared the stage for around 20 years. Ronaldo has the most followers on Instagram.

Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Portugal, in 1985. Ronaldo first club team was sporting Lisbon; he played for this club and various youth football team before making his debut on sporting Lisbon’s first team in 2002. In 2003, Ronaldo signed with the English powerhouse Manchester United. After playing a couple games with Manchester United, he was an instant sensation and was soon later to be said as one of the best forwards in the game. His best season at Manchester was 2007-2008. In this season, he scored 42 league and cup goals and earned the golden boot award as Europe’s leading scorer, with 31 league goals. After helping bring United to a champions league title in May 2008, he also led Manchester to an appearance in the 2009 champions league final, which they lost against FC Barcelona. In 2009, Ronaldo was sold from Manchester to Madrid. His scoring prowess continued with his new team, and he netted the most goals (40) in La Liga history during the 2010–11 season. His record was broken the following season by his rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona. In 2011–12, Ronaldo helped Madrid capture a La Liga championship and scored a personal-best 46 goals during the League season. He scored a total of 66 goals in 56 appearances with Madrid and the Portuguese national team in 2013 to earn his second world player of the year award. In 2014, he scored 52 goals in 43 games and led Madrid to a champions league title.

In 2014–15, he netted 48 goals to lead La Liga in scoring. Ronaldo netted his 324th goal as a member of Real in October, 2015, to become the club’s all-time leading goal scorer. He scored 35 La Liga goals in 2015–16 and helped Real win its record 11th Champions League title. In December, 2016, he won a fourth career Ballon d’Or for his accomplishments. Ronaldo scored 42 goals for Real across all competitions in 2016–17, and led his team to La Liga and Champions League titles that season, which resulted in a fifth career Ballon d’Or award. In 2017–18 he scored 44 goals in 44 games, and Real won a third straight Champions League title.

Ronaldo had made his first appearance for Portugal’s full national team against Kazakhstan in August. He was a key player in Portugal’s fourth-place finish at the 2006 world cup and became the full-time captain of the national team in 2008. In 2012 his stellar play led Portugal to the semifinals of the European championship  where his team was eliminated by rival Spain in a match that was decided by a penalty kick shoot-out. Ronaldo went into the 2014 World Cup hot off of his second world player of the year win, but his play at the tournament was spotty, and the entire Portugal team struggled during a group stage elimination. In 2016 he helped Portugal win the European Championship, the country’s first major international tournament title, although he only played a little in the final because of a knee injury that has happened earlier in the match. Ronaldo played brilliantly at the 2018 World Cup, scoring four goals in four games as Portugal advanced to the knockout round only to lose its first match of that stage to a strong defensive Uruguay side. Four years later Ronaldo became the first male player to score at five different World Cups. However, he was not part of the starting lineup for several games, and Portugal’s 2022 world cup ended with a loss in the quarterfinals.

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