Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, born February 5, 1985, is a Portuguese professional footballer who currently plays as a forward for Premier League side Manchester United and leads the Portugal national team. Ronaldo, largely recognised as the finest player in the world and one of the greatest players of all time, has won five Ballon d’Or trophies and four European Golden Shoes, the most by a European player.
During his career, he has won 32 trophies, including seven league crowns, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League. Ronaldo holds the marks for the most Champions League appearances (181), goals (140), and assists (42), the most goals in the European Championship (14), the most international goals by a male player (115), and the most international appearances by a European man (184). He is one of just a handful players with over 1,100 professional career appearances and over 800 recognised senior career goals for club and country.
Ronaldo’s best performance in a Manchester United shirt, and a hint of things to come. First, a 40-yard free kick to put his team up 2-1 on the night. Then, Ronaldo created a play deep in his own half and received it 70 yards up the pitch via Ji-sung Park and Wayne Rooney to score. Real Madrid won 4-2 over Bayern Munich (Champions League quarter-final, second leg, 2017)
A treble brought Ronaldo’s Champions League goal count to 100, but there was much more to a contentious contest. He headed in Robert Lewandowski’s penalty, but after an own goal by Sergio Ramos and a red card for Arturo Vidal, the game proceeded to extra time. Step up Ronaldo with both his left and right feet for the hat-trick. Spain 3 Portugal 3 (World Cup group stage, 2018)
The scoreboard should have read Ronaldo 3 Spain 3, and the encounter that ignited the tournament in Russia. Ronaldo opened the scoring with a penalty in the fourth minute and added another just before halftime with a shot that was too strong for David De Gea. His hat-trick was completed by a magnificent second-half free-kick, which recovered a point for his country. Atletico Madrid 0-3 Juventus (Champions League last 16, second leg, 2019). Trailing 2-0 in the first leg against the experts of lead defence? Not an issue. Ronaldo delivered his first world-class performance for Juventus with another brilliant hat-trick, tying the game with two trademark headers before blasting home the winner from the penalty spot four minutes from time.
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