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Let’s put Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatness in perspective

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Can anyone compare to Cristiano Ronaldo, he just won the league title in one of Europe’s top leagues at the age of 35 as a crucial player for Juventus too?

Cristiano Ronaldo has just completed one of the best seasons of his career.

The Portuguese superstar was an integral player in Juventus lifting the Scudetto for the ninth time in a row.

This just adds to the phenomenal tally of his career achievements to date.

The even greater thing is that he shows no sign of relenting either. He vowed earlier to help the Bianconeri lift consecutive title number ten next year. If we are honest only a fool would bet against them.

Ok so we are convinced and the evidence is resounding that CR7 has achieved greatness.

 But just how great are these accomplishments?

To gauge this status accurately we need to sit him side by side with others of the same age.

Let’s consider arguably the greatest player ever, Pele.

At the age of 35, the Brazilian legend was plying his trade in the almost amateur ranked MLS with the New York Cosmos. He was virtually playing exhibition matches. 

Ronaldo on the other hand is playing with Europe’s elite and banging in over 30 goals in a season against top-class opponents.

What about another contender for all-time great, Maradona?

At the age of 35, he was hardly a prize possession. Coming out of his second ban for use of drugs, he was plying his trade at Boca Juniors. It was a romantic swan song stage of his career and he assumed the role of a mere spectator.

Ronaldo has already featured 45 times for Juventus this season. Should they go all the way to the final of the Champions League his total will be 49. 

The likes of Zinedine Zidane had already been retired for a year at 35. His compatriot Luis Figo was still playing top-flight football in Serie A too. But his contributions to Inter Milan were a mere 1211 minutes of appearance time and only one goal against his name.

Cristiano Ronaldo is just 9 shy of whopping 4000 minutes of football so far this season.

The list goes on, Ronaldo Nazario retired, Ronaldinho without a club, Kaka retired. This is a list of the world’s best and none are even close to where he has been in his youth never mind at the age of 35.

The fact of the matter is, the greatness of Cristiano Ronaldo’s achievements at 35 years of age certainly far outweigh those of any other player to have graced the hallowed turf of top-class football!