From a skinny young boy to the sturdy athlete he is now, Cristiano Ronaldo’s path to be the summit of football success has been laden with so many challenges. Here are the top reasons why CR7 is considered as the greatest footballer of all time.
1. He has netted an amazing number of goals for his club and country
CR7 made headlines in October 2019 after having reached 700 career goals, a feat which helped him become the 6th highest goalscorer in the history of football. Majority of the goals has been scored for his club: CR7 has scored 607 goals for the various clubs he has played in. Playing for Real Madrid, he scored 450 goals. Under the guidance of Coach Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, he scored 119 goals.
Ronaldo is also the second highest goal scorer for the national team and the highest goalscorer for the Portuguese national side, with a total of 95 goals. In the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s top club tournament, he has scored 127 goals, making him the tournament’s top scorer of all time. CR7 also has created other records, which has not been broken by any other player up to now. In the 2018/19 Champions League final, he became the first player to score in three consecutive UEFA Champions League finals. In his current club, Juventus, Ronaldo has continued to remain his top goalscoring form.
2. He has won trophies for both national team and clubs he has played with
Like a badge of honor, all sportsmen desire a trophy. A footballer who may be very skillful or excellent but has no trophy, there is a huge limitation to his recognition and success. Having claimed 28 trophies in his football career, a testament to his unique abilities and ironclad zeal for success, CR7 comprehends this fact. From his national team to the different clubs that he has played for, the Portuguese forward has left his mark, by winning at least a trophy.
At Sporting Lisbon, he won the Portuguese Super Cup. After he moved to Manchester United, he won the English Premier League, three times, FA Cup, once. He also won the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United, once as well as the FIFA Club World cup. He had his most successful seasons, in terms of trophy wins, at Real Madrid, where he won the Laliga on two occasions, the UEFA Champions League, four times, UEFA Supercup, two times and the FIFA Club World Cup, four times. In his debut season at Juventus, he won the Serie A as well as the Italian Super Cup. With his national side, he won the 2016 Euros.