In 2002, a certain trembling teenager of touch and tease known as Cristiano Ronaldo tiptoed onto the stage of soccer. It was at Sporting Lisbon in Portugal where this happene
Soon, and indeed very soon, this teenager learnt at a rate that far surpassed everyone’s capabilities, and transformed himself into a tremendous testament of a terrific talent.
Words about how this cheerfully charming child was beginning to stir football spectators up to merriment with his elegantly enthralling, his delightfully dazzling performances on pitches, began to spread around towns, began to spread from country to country, from continent to continent. It was Ronaldo, Ronaldo, everywhere.
This teenager, brimful of passion for success and desire to test his feet in bigger waters, unsurprisingly soon found his mind soaring far beyond Lisbon.
Ronaldo arrived Manchester United on August 11, 2003, and debuted five days later in a 4-0 win against Bolton Wanderers on August 16, same year, where the then 18-year old Portuguese winger came on as a substitute for Nicky Butt just after the hour mark and proceeded to win over the Old Trafford fans, who proclaimed again and again, in their song, “There’s Only One Ronaldo”.
He exhausted all superlatives during his first spell with Manchester United, while he matured from an inexperienced, young winger in 2003 into officially the best footballer on the planet in 2009, helping the Manchester club to win nine trophies, including the EPL and the Champions League.
Real Madrid needed a saviour. Barcelona at the time were mercilessly terrorising everyone in Spain. And like Jesus Christ, Ronaldo took himself to Spain and conquered it, winning the Copa De Rey, Laliga, a massively four Club World Cups, more balloon d’ors, and four Champions League tittles, and doing so an unprecedented three time consecutively, while scoring 450 times in 438 appearances for the White Agels – an incredible goal per ratio of 1.03.
He left Spain as Madrid’s highest goal scorer of all time and took his services to Italy where he very expectedly conquered.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to England again in August, 2021, and immediately started showing signs of the kind of brilliance characteristic only of him. On December 2, he hit 800. On December 2 still, he hit 801.
Talent. Hard work. Dedication. Consistency…
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, soccer’s greatest of all time.