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Cristiano Ronaldo’s 5 best moments Of this decade

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Cristiano Ronaldo may not have won the 2021 Ballon d’Or crown, finishing sixth behind other players, but he remains one of the greatest players to touch the ball this decade.

As the 2022-2023 season approaches, we take a look back at the Portuguese superstar’s best moments that will go down in history.

5. Five Ballon d’Or Wins

One of the many things that stand out about Cristiano Ronaldo is his multiple Ballon d’Or wins. CR7 has five such awards, including four between 2010-2019.

After winning his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 with Manchester United, Ronaldo continued his excellent work at Real Madrid, winning the famous trophy in 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Knowing the determination and courage of this man, it would be naive to already exclude him from the race for the Ballon d’Or 2023.

4. “That” Headshot

This man never ceases to amaze us. Just when it looked like Ronaldo was slowing down and maybe not quite at his level, he produced a moment of magic.

He came in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) quarter-finals in 2018 when Madrid needed to win against a tough Juventus side to advance to the last four.

As usual, Ronaldo stepped in and produced a two-legged masterclass that ended in the smoothest way possible. In the first leg in Turin, Real won 3-0 thanks to an absolute world-class performance from the 34-year-old, which even left Zinedine Zidane and sports betting fans who backed him breathless.

Somehow, Ronaldo managed to rise in the air and twist his body to kick the ball past Gianluigi Buffon. It remains one of the most iconic moments of the decade and would be a precursor to future events.

3. His Shock Move to Juventus

And that goal got us here. Who would have thought? In the summer of 2018, Ronaldo shocked the world when he announced he would join Juventus permanently, leaving Real Madrid after almost ten years of service.

But the aerial goal against the Italian giants would have made the superstar striker realize this was the best club for him. Juve fans cheered the goal, and the players were in awe of him. And it was this combination, along with the money involved, that ultimately led to this transfer.

After a stellar debut season in Turin, the race is now on for Ronaldo to help Juventus become European champions once again. Still, it didn’t go as planned as he had to return to Manchester United.

2. Four UCL Wins with Real Madrid

If you ask modern footballers playing in Europe what their ultimate dream is, chances are they will answer: to get their hands on the UCL trophy once in their career. This man has done it five times. Let it sink in.

After winning the continental competition with Manchester United in 2008, Ronaldo dominated European football with Real Madrid, leading Los Blancos to lift the trophy four times in five years.

Ronaldo left Madrid with fond memories and, most importantly, UCL winners’ medals in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Wow.

1. Leading Portugal to Euro 2016 Glory

If you asked Ronaldo before 2016 what his only regret was, chances are it had something to do with the success of his national team, Portugal. Everything changed in the summer of 2016.

Portugal were heavy underdogs who managed to qualify for the Euro 2016 final against a dominant French side, but backed by the experience of an injured Ronaldo; they fought until the end.

Portugal’s favorite son and the captain was forced into injury in the 25th minute, and fate and sadness set in for the Portuguese fans. However, their side was cheered on in extra time by none other than CR7 from the touchlines.

It worked wonders as Eder smashed a long-range shot into the back of the net in extra time, and Portugal had achieved the impossible. Ronaldo was emotional but a happy man and lifted the Euro Cup with extraordinary joy soon after.

These are the most exciting moments in CR7’s career, which is why he is associated with the GOAT status. What are your favorite moments of him? Let’s have your thoughts.