Portugal and Juventus star striker Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and he can do almost everything in a football field.
Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro has won five Ballons d’Or and four European Golden Shoes, both of which are records for a European player.
He has won 29 trophies in his career, including six league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League.
A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for the most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League (128) and the joint-most goals scored in the UEFA European Championship. He has scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country.
In his career, Ronaldo has won three English Premier League with Manchester United, two La Liga with Real Madrid, one Serie A, five UEFA Champions League titles.
Apart from his skills in the field, the striker also enjoys a huge fan following on social media and he recently recorded 200 million followers on Instagram.
One of the most marketable athletes in the world, Ronaldo was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017 and as the world’s most famous athlete by ESPN from 2016 to 2019. Time included him on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. As of January 2020, Ronaldo is also the most followed user on Instagram. With earnings of €720 million (£615 million) from 2010 to 2019, he was ranked second in Forbes list of highest-paid athletes of the decade.
As the ace striker celebrates his 35th birthday today, let’s have a look at some of the records he can break this year:
1 – The striker currently has 99 international goals to his name, and with the European Championship slated to be played this year, Ronaldo would look to go past 109 goals of Iran’s Ali Daei. If he reaches the feat, he will become the top international scorer of all time (men).
2 – If Ronaldo manages to reach the top of the goal-scoring charts this year in Serie A, he will become the first player in history to have been top goal-scorer in England (EPL), Spain (La Liga) and Italy (Serie A).
3 – If the 34-year-old manages to win the Champions League with Juventus this year, he will equal Francisco Gento’s (Real Madrid) record for winning the tournament for six times.
4 – The Portugal striker along with Lionel Messi has scored eight hat-tricks in the Champions League and he would be hoping to extend his lead over Barcelona’s counter-part.
Last year, Messi pipped Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or. With this, the Argentine won the award for the sixth time. Ronaldo has won the biggest prize in football five times.
In a recent Serie A match against Fiorentina, Ronaldo emulated a feat last achieved in December 2005. He converted a 40th-minute penalty to give Juve the lead at home.
Ronaldo has now scored in nine successive Serie A appearances, becoming the first Juventus player to do so since David Trezeguet just over 14 years ago.
However, he still trails Lazio’s Ciro Immobile (23) in the Serie A scoring charts.