Cristiano Ronaldo has received more than his fair share of stick throughout his illustrious career.
The Real Madrid superstar divides opinion. Some football fans love him, others hate him, but everyone agrees that he’s one of the best footballers of his generation.
When he retires, Ronaldo will be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time. There’s no doubt about that.
This is a player who’s set to win the Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time next month and you wouldn’t back against him adding another one or two to his collection before he hangs up his boots.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for Manchester United before moving to Madrid in 2009. In 363 games for Los Blancos, the 31-year-old has netted an extraordinary 376 goals.
He’s also won the biggest team trophies in club football, including three Premier Leagues, La Liga and three Champions Leagues. Oh yeah, and he won the European Championships with Portugal in the summer.
How will people remember Ronaldo the man?
But how will people remember Ronaldo the human being?
There are many people who feel he’s self-obsessed, petulant and vain. An egomaniac, even.
However, to describe Ronaldo using these terms and these terms only would be far too simplistic.
Video: Proof there's a different side to Ronaldo
There’s a different side to the Portuguese superstar - of course there is - and this nine-minute video proves it.
‘If you hate him watch this video!’ the headlines reads. ‘You will change your opinion!’.
If you do dislike Cristiano, watch the following video and leave a comment below to tell us if your view has changed or whether you still think the same.
Quaresma: Ronaldo is misunderstood
Perhaps Ricardo Quaresma, one of Ronaldo’s closest friends in football, was right when he said earlier this year: "[Ronaldo] is a person who likes to play. He's not as arrogant as people paint.
"And he is a great captain. A person who's always ready to help our colleagues.
"I have admired him since we started playing at Sporting, because already as kids he showed his strength.
"Sometimes I played with him and [it was] said: 'you're small, you're skinny, you won't be able to get there'.
"And Cristiano was going into the bathrooms to fill buckets and do weights with buckets. He is a person who never let himself go down for anything or anyone."
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