Cristiano Ronaldo has a Galaxy named CR7 after him

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has this week been given the privilege of having an entire Galaxy named after him following the European Southern Observatory's decision to label the discovery of COSMOS Redshift 7 - a galaxy that is 13 billion years old - in the Portuguese forward's honour.

Embedded amongst all the scientific spiel that accompanied the official release of the findings came a quote that confirms the fortuitous 'CR7' moniker is actually no coincidence at all.

"The nickname was inspired by the great Portuguese footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is known as CR7," read the statement, as quoted by Mirror Football.

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The 30-year-old's unwavering attempt to establish himself as the number one player on the planet has, at times, been overshadowed by the brilliance of La Liga rival Lionel Messi.

But, anything the Barcelona man does, Ronaldo can seemingly go one better, as his fight for world dominance has now been taken into another universe! Over to you Leo...

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For those with a genuine interest in the scientific discovery it's actually quite a big deal what the astronomers have identified - a cluster of stars thought to have provided conditions pivotal for life to flourish.

Said to have existed when the universe was only 800 million years old, Dr David Sobral of the University of Lisbon explained that the Galaxy "ultimately allowed us all to be here by fabricating heavy elements and changing the composition of the universe".

Ronaldo's 'CR7' mantle stems from his initials and preferred shirt number for both club and country, and continues to gain more and more exposure with each passing year.

His back-to-back FIFA Ballon d'Or wins in 2013 and 2014 have levied the former Manchester United man to a position where he is now genuinely considered as a modern day great alongside Argentinian foe Messi.

And, after scoring a staggering 66 goals in all competitions again this past season, the Portugal international is showing no signs of slowing down any time yet.

Where do you sit on the Messi v Ronaldo debate? Have your say who you think is better in the comment box below...

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