When Cristiano Ronaldo first arrived on the big stage, many opposition fans were skeptical about the young Portuguese and would chant in favour of the legendary Brazilian of the same name.
"There is only one Ronaldo," they used to sing, but the apprentice has now perhaps surpassed the master after a decade at the top of the game.
It won’t be wrong if we say Ronaldo has been one of the most consistent performers over the last ten years. The Portuguese was hardly seen on the bench or injured for both Manchester United and Real Madrid.
The distasteful comparison between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the two benchmarks of this modern era, has taken them both to being evil and good respectively. But no one can deny the fact that they both help each other in attaining greater heights.
Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Old Trafford in 2003 and the rest is now history. Ronaldo is a unique and special player. He likes to trouble and find out the weakest link within the defence of the opponents. At times, the 28-year-old has embarrassed a lot of big names with his trickery and brilliance. The most famous sports personality in the world now holds numerous records for both his current and former club.
Ronaldo holds records of being an athlete with most fans on Facebook and also became the most expensive player in history with his £80 million transfer to Real Madrid. He became the only player ever to play for Sporting's under-16, under-17, under-18, B-team, and the first team, all within one season.
He was Manchester United's first ever Portuguese player. At Manchester United, he broke George Best's goal scoring record for a winger with 33 goals, which was originally set in the 1967–68 season.
Ronaldo scored Manchester United's 1000th Premier League goal. He is only the second player ever to receive the PFA Player of the Year Award and PFA Young Player of the Year Awards in one season. He was the Premier League's first ever FIFA World Player of the Year (now merged with the Ballon d'Or to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or).
He has scored 100 goals for both Manchester United and Real Madrid, although predominantly being. His presentation at Real Madrid was attended by 80,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabeu surpassing Diego Maradona's record of 75,000 fans when he was presented in Italy at Napoli.
A record three time winner of the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award (voted for by Manchester United fans), he also broke a Real Madrid club record when he scored in a league match against Villarreal and thus became the first ever player to score in his first four La Liga appearances.
He is the first ever player in La Liga’s history to score 40 goals in two seasons and that too in consecutive seasons. He is the only player in La Liga to score against every single team in one season. He is also the first and the only player to win the European Golden Shoe in two different leagues. The Portuguese skipper is the only player to score in all FA Cup, League Cup, Champion's League and Copa Del Rey finals.
Cristiano Ronaldo truly deserves all the stardom and the fame as it doesn’t change the hunger in him to do what he does the best, which is, play football.
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