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Cristiano Ronaldo: The king of goals

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Cristiano Ronaldo created history by becoming the first player to end the season as the top scorer in three European leagues: England, Spain, and Italy.

Ronaldo, 36, scored 29 goals for Juventus this season, edging out second-placed Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku who finished the season with 24.

The Portuguese striker was England’s top scorer in 2008 with Manchester United, and Spain’s top scorer three times with Real Madrid in 2011, 2014, and 2015. However, it is the first time in three seasons that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has led the league in scoring.

Ronaldo scored 21 goals in his first season after signing in 2018 and 31 last season, finishing second to Ciro Immobile’s 36 goals for Lazio. He currently has 101 goals for Juventus in all competitions, and an all-time soccer betting favourite to score any time he takes to the pitch.

He was rested during Juve’s last league game, a 4-1 victory over Bologna that guaranteed a Top-4 place and Champions League place for next season. “It was a shared choice, Ronaldo was tired after [playing in the Coppa Italia final] Wednesday,” said Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo.

After their nine-year league dynasty came to an end this season, there was conjecture over Ronaldo’s future with the club if they failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2012.

Why CR7 is considered the greatest of all time

Unlike the more accomplished Brazilian namesake, Ronaldo was far from complete in his early years in professional football. He was a raw talent with a slender body who arrived at United from Sporting Lisbon after giving John O’Shea all sorts of problems during a pre-season match in 2003.

Coming to a completely new league at the age of 18 would be a great task for anybody, and despite flashes of brilliance during his first three years at Old Trafford, he struggled to maintain the kind of consistency required to be regarded as one of United’s stars.

The following year, he received the PFA Player of the Year award for his outstanding performances as United stormed to their ninth Premier League triumph. In 2008, he won a second consecutive Player of the Year award, another Premier League trophy, and a Champions League winner’s medal. As his team’s success grew, so did Ronaldo’s popularity as a showman, which had a favourable influence on his team’s performance.

In 2009, he made the dream transfer to Real Madrid, where he went on to break the club’s goal scoring record, win four more Champions Leagues, and earn four more Ballon d’Ors.

His lack of success on the international stage, on the other hand, was his only bloat. However, in Euro 2016, everything changed.

Portugal had a poor start to the competition, drawing both their group opener and their second encounter against Austria, in which captain Ronaldo missed a penalty. A lesser mortal might have gone into hiding, but he was at his best in Portugal’s last group game, scoring twice and assisting on their path to the knockout round.

That tournament saw Ronaldo add another jewel to his crown, cementing his status as the greatest of all time.

Portugal are among the favourites to win the EURO 2020 slated for June and July. You can bet on all matches on the Betway platform, giving you plenty of quality markets.

Ronaldo is skilled, scores many goals, and can play with both feet. He is physically fit and athletic, has a strong character, and is a wonderful leader. He’s broken every record and received every award imaginable. He is truly the GOAT in football. Follow and bet on Ronaldo to emerge the top scorer with Betway during the upcoming EURO 2020.

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