Cristiano Ronaldo explains what's changed his outlook on success throughout his career

Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

There's no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest to ever play the game of football. 

The Real Madrid forward has won almost every honour he's challenged for over the course of an incredible career and has won four Ballon d'Or titles. 

The 32-year-old was been named the best player in the world in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and has been tipped to win the honour again this year. 

Madrid won La Liga and the Champions League again last season, with Ronaldo taking his second Spanish league title as well as the European crown for the fourth time in his career.  

In the 46 games he played for his club last term, he netted 42 goals and was often the focal point for success.     

But it's not just on the field where Ronaldo is winning. 

The icon has recently become a father-of-three and has revealed that he's expecting a fourth child as well. 

And he's also explained that his children have given him a different perspective on life, especially when it comes to success in football. 


“Over the past eight years I’ve achieved incredible things at Madrid,” said Ronaldo, as per the Mirror.

“But, to be honest, winning trophies later on in my career has become a different kind of emotion. Especially in these last two years.

“At Madrid, if you don’t win everything, other people consider it a failure. This is the expectation of greatness. This is my job.

Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

“But when you’re a father, it’s a completely different feeling, a feeling that I cannot describe. This is why my time in Madrid has been special.

“I have been a footballer, yes, but also a father. There is a moment with my son that I will always remember so clearly. When I think about it, I feel warm."

That moment he's talking about came after the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff, where Real beat Juventus 4-1.

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

“When I was on the pitch after the final whistle, it felt like I had sent a message to the world. But then my son came on the field to celebrate with me and it was like the snap of a finger.

“Suddenly, the entire emotion changed. We held the trophy together. Then we walked around the field, hand in hand.

“It’s a joy that I did not understand until I was a father. There are so many emotions happening simultaneously that you cannot describe the feeling in words."


Of course, success for anyone is great. But for Ronaldo, it appears that sharing those moments with his closest family makes them even better. 

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