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10 of the best moments of Cristiano Ronaldo’s football career

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Cristiano Ronaldo is perhaps the best player to have ever graced the game of football, having won numerous famous sports trophies.

At 36, Cristiano Ronaldo shows no indication of quitting any time soon, especially because he’s recently returned to his former team Manchester United — much to the delight of football and Manchester United fans worldwide.

Over an incredible almost twenty-year career, the Portuguese legend has scored goals galore. To name a few examples, the 5-time Ballon d’Or victor is the unequalled top scorer for Real Madrid and also his home country, Portugal.

Strong and confident in the air and also with two feet on the ground, Cristiano Ronaldo loves to go up against the meanest defenders, entrancing fans, teammates, opponents, and critics alike.

To learn more about the top ten moments of Christiano Ronaldo’s football career and to see why he is so deserving of the title of “best player,” keep reading down below and see if you also agree with how we’ve ranked some of his greatest achievements. Take a look!

10. Equals Men’s International Goals Record (2021)

Ronaldo arrived at another renowned milestone earlier this year when his two penalties in Portugal’s 2-2 European Championship draw with France marked his 109th international goal. That figure is a joint world record for men’s football held and shared with only one other person, Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006. Arriving at this milestone helped to further cement the 36-year-old’s standing as an all-time great.

9. Scores Winning Goal in Copa del Rey Final (2011)

Ronaldo began to pay off the world record fee when he scored the winning goal for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final against harsh adversaries, Barcelona. Ronaldo rose at the far post to fire his trademark power header from Angel di Maria’s cross and secure his first trophy for the club.

8. Wins First Premier League Title (2007)

In the beginning, nobody had heard of Ronaldo, yet by the end, everybody knew who he was. That was the perspective of the former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre, who played against Sporting Lisbon in a pre-season friendly game before the beginning of the 2003-2004 season. Ronaldo was advised to join the club by Sir Alex Ferguson after a stunning performance in that friendly game. He proceeded to play 292 games for Man United, winning the first of his three Premier League titles in 2007, including the Champions League, one FA Cup and two League Cups.

7. First Player to Have Five Champions League Wins (2018)

Ronaldo won two La Liga titles in addition to two Copa del Rey prizes with Real Madrid. However, it was in Europe’s elite club rivalry that he became an absolute legend.

Ronaldo had already won the Champions League in 2008 with Manchester United but proceeded to win it four additional times with Real Madrid. The first win was in 2014, preceding a surprising three times in succession in 2016, 2017, and 2018 — making him the first player to win the title five times.

6. Bicycle kick against Juventus (2018)

Zinedine Zidane, the manager of Real Madrid, had the perfect reaction to this miracle goal. Hand to his head, a look of shock and disbelief at what he had just seen, he turned and howled his approval. Ronaldo had jumped into the air before acrobatically shooting into the corner of the net with an extraordinary bicycle kick.

This goal in the Champions League quarter-final was so incredible that even Juventus fans rose to applaud the player, who would later join their club.

5. A century of Champions League goals (2018)

Ronaldo was the first player to be a member of the Champions League’s 100 clubs, only joined later by his old opponent Lionel Messi. Ronaldo’s two goals against Paris St-Germain in the last 16 seconds took him past the century mark, and he is still the opposition’s unsurpassed top scorer, with 134 goals in 176 games.

4. Wins Euros with Portugal (2016)

Ronaldo at long last tasted success on the global stage with Portugal, winning the 2016 European Championship with a triumph over France in the final in Paris. It was a bittersweet moment for the captain, who had been carried off after being injured after only 25 minutes of gameplay, though he still came back on to lift the trophy with pride.

3. Becomes Real Madrid’s Unsurpassed Leading Scorer (2015)

Ronaldo’s goalscoring record was unprecedented during his nine seasons at Real Madrid, with an astounding 450 goals in only 438 games. Ronaldo turned into the club’s unsurpassed leading scorer with a goal against Levante in October 2015, outperforming Raul, who had only scored 323 times. The past 2014-2015 campaign had been the most effective of his club career, with him scoring at least 61 times in 54 games at an extraordinary rate of, on average, a goal every 76 minutes.

2. Wins Fifth Ballon d’Or (2017)

Ronaldo claimed the Ballon d’Or grant as the best player on the planet in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. The last came after an outstanding 2016-2017 season wherein he led Real Madrid to the La Liga title and victory in the Champions League final, where he scored twice in a 4-1 triumph over Juventus.

1. Puskas Award-Winning Goal (2009)

Ronaldo scored 118 goals for Manchester United, not to mention a hair-raising screamer against Porto for the Champions League, getting possession of the ball 40 yards out just to fire a shot into the top corner of the goal. Ronaldo’s effort won him the inaugural Fifa Puskas award for the goal of the year.

Manchester United arrived at their second successive Champions League final. However, Barcelona beat them in Ronaldo’s last match before he secured an £80m move to Real Madrid.