Real Madrid’s frontman Cristiano Ronaldo chalked up his 600th goal for club and country during Saturday’s 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus at the National Stadium of Wales, finding the net twice to reach the milestone.
Ronaldo netted his 599th and 600th goal as Los Blancos romped to a 4-1 victory in the Welsh capital. And he shows no signs of letting up.
There aren’t enough complimentary terms in the English language to describe the 32-year-old during such moments of brilliance. He was “Legendary“.
The Portuguese lifted his fourth Champions League after winning one for Manchester United before and further three for the Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The journey of one of the greatest player or the greatest in Football history began in Portugal. At the age of 16, Ronaldo was promoted from Sporting’s youth team. He subsequently became the first player to play for the club’s under-16, under-17, and under-18 teams, the B team, and the first team, all within one season. On 7 October 2002, Ronaldo made his debut in the Primeira Liga, against Moreirense, and scored two goals in their 3–0 win. He went on scoring 5 goals in 31 appearances when he caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson when Sporting defeated Manchester United 3-1. He was immediately signed by the Red Devil’s making him the first Portuguese player to play for United. His transfer fee of £12.24 million made him, at the time, the most expensive teenager in English football history.
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At United, he received the number 7 shirt, which had previously been worn by such United players as George Best, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham. A sense of extra motivation for the young Portuguese and he lived up to it. Cristiano went on scoring 118 goals in 292 appearances and won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008. He was already considered as one of the best players in the world. In his charming career at Manchester United, Ronaldo bagged 9 trophies in 6 years at the helm.
Ahead of the 2009–10 season, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee of £80 million (€94 million).His contract, which ran until 2015, was worth €11 million per year and contained a €1 billion buy-out clause. At least 80,000 fans attended his presentation at the Santiago Bernabéu, surpassing the 25-year record of 75,000 fans who had welcomed Diego Maradona at Napoli. At Madrid, Ronaldo found the net more often scoring past 406 goals in 394 appearances (Till date). He lifted his 20th career trophy aloft in Cardiff, his 11th for the Spanish club and was once again integral to the side’s success. He also went on to win 3 more Ballon d’Or taking his tally to four.
For the country, Ronaldo began his youth career in 2001. Apart from the under-15 team, he also represented the under-17, under-20, under-21, and under-23 national sides, amassing 34 youth caps and scoring 18 goals overall.At age 18, Ronaldo earned his first senior cap in a 1–0 victory over Kazakhstan on 20 August 2003. Since then Cristiano has scored 71 goals in 138 appearances, nearing down Pele who has 77 which is just a matter of time. Though to become the top scorer at the country level he still has a long way to go ( Ali Daei/ Iran/ 109 goals). For a man of his caliber “Nothing Is Impossible“. Cristiano Ronaldo boasts off an international trophy which he won at EURO 2016.
He was quoted saying ” Age is just a number. I still feel like a young boy” and we are in awe of this Portuguese beast. 32 of age and he expressed his desire to play until he is 41 and football fans around the world just can’t get enough of this superpower. Nightmare to the goalkeeper and defenders, Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving behind a legacy every day and we are graced enough to witness it.
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