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Cristiano Ronaldo Career; from the beginning up to now

Sat 04 September 2021 | 10:30

What do you know about Cristiano Ronaldo's career story? How has he become one of the best players in the football history? Today in this article, we are going to have a look at the Cristiano Ronaldo career; from the beginning up to now. Stay tuned!

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was born in a poor family in Madeira, Portugal, is surely one of the greatest footballers ever. He has played for Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus during his professional career.

Going over the

Cristiano Ronaldo career

, it is understood that he has won 5 Ballon d'Or awards. This brilliant footballer holds the record for the most goals and assists in the UCL, most goals in the European Championship and the most international goals tied with

Ali Daei

, the Iranian former striker who has played for Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin.

Cristiano Ronaldo

career history indicates that he started playing football at Andorinha when he was 7 years old. After 3 years, Ronaldo joined Nacional and played there for 2 years. At the age of 12, he went on a 3-day trial with Sporting CP and later, this outstanding footballer joined the club’s youth academy.

Cristiano Ronaldo Career up to now

It is interesting to know that Cristiano is the all-time top scorer of Real Madrid and Portugal national team. He was named the best Portuguese footballer of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation. Ronaldo was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete due to the Forbes list in 2016 and 2017. Time Magazine also included him on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014.

In this article, we are going to take a look at the Cristiano Ronaldo career; from the beginning up to now. So keep reading the article.

Sporting CP

Taking a look at the

Cristiano Ronaldo career

, it is seen that he was promoted to the first team at the age of 16. This brilliant footballer became the first player to show up in the under-16, under-17, under-18, B-team and first team in a single season.

On 29 September 2002, Cristiano made his debut in the Primeira Liga, against Braga. Almost a week later, Ronaldo scored 2 goals against Moreirense, the match which they won 3-0.

Going over the Cristiano Ronaldo career, it is seen that his representatives spoke to the

Liverpool

manager Gérard Houllier and

Barcelona

president Joan Laporta. Arsene Wenger,

Arsenal

’s manager, was also interested in signing Cristiano and arranged a meeting with him.

In August 2003, in a friendly match between

Sporting CP

and Manchester United at the inauguration of the Estádio José Alvalade, Ronaldo impressed the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Having a look at the Cristiano Ronaldo career, it stands out that the Red Devils had planned to sign this brilliant player for a year and loan him back to Sporting, but they changed their plan and signed him permanently.

Manchester United

The Cristiano Ronaldo career in

Manchester United

started in 2003. He became the first Portuguese player of the Red Devils and was at that time the most expensive teenager in English football history with a transfer fee of £12.24 million.

 Although this brilliant footballer requested the number 28, which was his number at Sporting, he received number 7, which used to be the number of outstanding players like George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.

“There have been a few players described as 'the new George Best' over the years, but this is the first time it’s been a compliment to me.” Said George Best about the 18-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the Cristiano Ronaldo career history, he made his Premier League debut in a 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on 16 August 2003. This Portuguese striker scored his first goal for Man United with a free-kick in a 3-0 win over Portsmouth on 1 November. He ended his first season at Manchester by scoring 1 goal in a 3-0 win over Millwall in the FA Cup final. The Red Devils became the champion of the FA Cup, which was Ronaldo’s first trophy with the club.

The

Cristiano Ronaldo career in Manchester United

indicates that during the 2005-06 season, he was involved in some incidents. Ronaldo received a one-match ban because of showing the middle finger to the

Benfica

fans. He was also sent off in the Manchester derby because he kicked

Manchester City

’s former United player Andy Cole. In the 2006 World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in an incident where Wayne Rooney received a red cart and was sent off.

Although Cristiano was being booed throughout the 2006-07 season for that incident in the World Cup, this season was his breakthrough year. He broke the 20-goal barrier for the first time and won the Premier League title.

Going over the Cristiano Ronaldo career in Manchester United, it is seen that he achieved the

Premier League

Golden Boot with scoring 31 goals and the European Golden Shoe with 8 goals during the 2007-08 season. Ronaldo became the first winger to become the UCL top scorer. United won the

Champions League

title as they beat Chelsea in the final and Cristiano became the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year.

In the 2008-09 season, Cristiano underwent ankle surgery and couldn’t play for 10 weeks. After his return, he scored his 100th goal in all competitions for the Red Devils against Stoke City on 15 November.

Having a look at the Cristiano Ronaldo career, it is seen that this outstanding footballer assisted 1 goal against Liga de Quito in the FIFA Club World Cup Final and won the trophy. He won the 2008 Ballon d’Or and 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year, which was one of the

Cristiano Ronaldo best career moments

. He became United’s first Ballon d’Or winner since Best in 1968 and the first Premier League player to become the FIFA World Player of the Year.

Ronaldo’s 40-yard goal against Porto led him to win the FIFA Puskás Award, a goal which he called the best goal he had ever scored.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won 1 Champions League title, 1 FA Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 2 English Super Cup, 2 Football League Cup and 3 Premier League titles during his career at Manchester United.

Real Madrid 

  Going over the Cristiano Ronaldo career, it is seen that he joined

Real Madrid

on June 25, 2009. Ronaldo signed a 6-year contract which lasted until June 30, 2015. Over 80000 fans went to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to watch his presentation, which broke the record of almost 75000 fans who had visited the SSC Napoli stadium in 1984 to watch the presentation of Diego Maradona.

During the 2010-11 season, Cristiano broke the 50-goal mark after 51 league games, which made him leave the club legends such as Ferenc Puskás, Alfredo Di Stéfano and Pahiño behind. Later that season, Ronaldo won his first title with Los Blancos (The Whites), which was the Copa Del Rey. They beat Barcelona 1-0 in the final game and Ronaldo scored their only goal.

In that season, this outstanding footballer won the Pichichi trophy with 41 goals in 34 league matches. He was the first footballer to reach 40 goals in the Primera División history. with scoring 53 goals in 54 games in total, Ronaldo broke the club record of 47 goals in one season, which was set by Ferenc Puskás.

Having a look at the

Cristiano Ronaldo career up to now

, it is seen that in the 2011-12 season, Real Madrid won the

La Liga

title. They won the league title after 4 years with a record of 100 points. Cristiano became the first player to score against all 19 teams in a single La Liga season.

At the start of the 2012-13 season, Los Blancos won the 2012 Supercopa de España against Barcelona, with Ronaldo scoring a goal at Camp Nou and a goal at Santiago Bernabéu. later, he scored his first hat-trick in the Champions League in a 4-1 win over Ajax. Cristiano also became the first footballer who scores in 6 successive El Clasicos in a 2–2 draw at Camp Nou.

With

Gareth Bale

joining Real Madrid in the 2013-14 season, along with Cristiano Ronaldo and

Karim Benzema

, they formed the BBC attacking trio.

Las Blancos won the Champions League title, with Ronaldo scoring 17 goals in his 11 appearances, achieving the European Golden Shoe and being named the UEFA Best Player in Europe. As Cristiano had become injured, he played in the final match against the medical advice, saying: “In your life, you do not win without sacrifices and you must take risks.”

Having a look at the

Cristiano Ronaldo career

, it is understood that although he didn’t play at the Copa del Rey final, Real Madrid won the title by beating Barcelona. With scoring 31 goals in 30 league games, Ronaldo won the Pichichi trophy and his goal with his back-heel against Valencia became the La Liga best goal of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo achieved his 2nd Ballon d’Or, which was one of the Cristiano Ronaldo best career moments as he won this award after 4 years. In the 2013-14 season, he also won the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Searching the Cristiano Ronaldo career, it stands out that during the 2015-16 season, he became Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer in La Liga after scoring 5 goals in a 6-0 win over

Espanyol

. This Portuguese star became the all-time UCL top scorer with a hat-trick against

Shakhtar Donetsk

.

On 5 March 2016, Cristiano scored 4 goals in a 7-1 win over Celta de Vigo and became the La Liga 2nd top scorer behind

Lionel Messi

.

In the 2015-16 season, Real Madrid won the Champions League title, with Ronaldo becoming the top scorer and the UEFA Best Player in Europe.

In the next season, this brilliant footballer scored a goal in Real Madrid’s match against Sporting CP in the UCL, but he didn’t celebrate. He stated: “They made me who I am.”

Going over the Cristiano Ronaldo career in Real Madrid, it is seen that he became the all-time top scorer in the Madrid derby with 18 goals as he scored a hat-trick against Atlético in a 3-0 victory on 19 November in the 2016-017 season.

Los Blancos won the FIFA Club World Cup title, with Ronaldo becoming the top scorer with 4 goals. He won his 4th Ballon d’Or, which was another one of the Cristiano Ronaldo best career moments. This Portuguese star also won The Best FIFA Men’s Player.

Cristiano won the La Liga and the UCL titles with Real Madrid while becoming the top scorer of the Champions League for the 6th time.

At the start of the 2017-18 season, which was his last season at in Madrid, Ronaldo helped his side win the 2017 Supercopa de España as they defeated Barcelona.

This outstanding striker won his 5th Ballon d’Or and The Best FIFA Men’s Player for his fabulous performance throughout the previous season.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the UCL title once again as well as UEFA Super Cup during his last season in Madrid. He became the top scorer of the UCL once again for the 7th time with 15 goals. In the quarter-finals, Ronaldo created a memorable scene for all the football fans and scored a goal with an eye-catching bicycle kick against Juventus.

Finally, the Portuguese star signed a contract with Juventus on 10 July 2018. This was the end of his era at Real Madrid while it was the beginning of the

Cristiano Ronaldo career in Juventus

.

Juventus

Having a look at the Cristiano Ronaldo career in

Juventus

, it is seen that he made his debut in a 3-2 victory over ChievoVerona.

Ronaldo became the first footballer to win 100 Champions League matches after beating Valencia with the result of 1-0 in Turin. However, they were defeated in the quarter-finals by Ajax.

Cristiano scored in a 3-0 win over Sassuolo, the 9th consecutive away match that he scored in. It led him to equal Giuseppe Signori’s single-season Serie A record of most consecutive away games with at least one goal.

During the 2018-19 season, this outstanding footballer won the Supercoppa Italiana and the

Serie A

title.

Having a look at the Cristiano Ronaldo career in Juventus, it is understood that he scored in a 14th consecutive Champions League season, equaling Raúl and Messi’s record. Ronaldo also broke the record of Iker Casillas for the most Champions League wins of all time. He even equaled Raúl’s record of scoring against 33 UCL teams. This brilliant striker won the Serie A title once again with the Old Lady.

The 2020-21 season was Ronaldo’s last season with Juventus. On 20 January 2021, he helped his side to win the 2020 Supercoppa Italiana with scoring 1 goal in a 2-0 win against Napoli.

The Black and Whites won the 2021 Coppa Italia, so Cristiano became the first footballer to win all the domestic trophies in England, Spain, and Italy. He ended the season with 29 league goals which led him to become the Serie A top scorer and win the Capocannoniere award.

Returning to Manchester United  

 Cristiano Ronaldo negotiated with Manchester City at first and they reached a verbal agreement, but Juventus demanded a transfer fee of about €30 million and The Citizens weren’t eager to pay that much.

This left the chance for the Red Devils to sign their former player.

Sir Alex Ferguson

and several ex-teammates also talked to Ronaldo in order to persuade him to return to Old Trafford. Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo signed a 2-year contract with the club.

This was our article on Cristiano Ronaldo career; from the beginning up to now. What do You think about his move to Manchester United? Will the good times of the Red Devils come back? Write your idea in the comments section. 

 

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