The Portuguese star started as a substitute in Real Madrid’s 2017 UEFA Super Cup final win.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s career is no doubt a trophy laden one. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has included Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup title to his collections. Real Madrid were 2-1 winners against Manchester United at the Philip II arena in Skopje, Macedonia.
With Los Blancos leading 2-1, the star forward came on in the 83rd minute for Karim Benzema. The win marks the Whites’ third Super Cup win in four years. This means the 32-year-old now has a staggering 25 trophies in his trophy cabinet. Surely, the Museu CR7 will remain a delightful place to visit!
With such a memorable feat achieved in the Eastern Europe nation, let’s take a detailed look at how the Real Madrid icon reached such great heights.
Ronaldo’s first trophy
The Portuguese captain’s first title was with former club Sporting CP in the Portuguese Supertaca. The Lisbon based club won 5-1 against Leixoes on August 18, 2002. In just nine days, the top icon will celebrate 15 years since he was that young lad at Sporting full of trickery and speed.
England: The good looking Portuguese lad has arrived
Aged 18, Ronaldo then made a bigger leap to English side Manchester United for 19 million euros from Sporting CP. After a stellar display in a friendly fixture against the Red Devils, Sir Alex Ferguson was assured enough that a new star would be born in Old Trafford.
The sweet love story followed: CR7 was the best thing to happen in such a competitive era in England. The winger showed outstanding quality and claimed 10 trophies in his five year stay at the club.
Ronaldo’s trophies at Manchester United
• 3 English Premier Leagues (2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09)
• 2 League Cups (2005/06, 2009/10)
• 1 Champions League (2007/08)
• 1 FIFA Club World Cup (2008)
• 1 English FA Cup (2003/04)
• 2 Community Shields (2007, 2008*)
*After a tiring Euro 2008 campaign, Ronaldo was left out of the squad that lifted the 2008 FA Community Shield. He did not play but the Red Devils went on to claim victory at Portsmouth’s expense.
The world’s biggest transfer: Ronaldo joins Real Madrid
After leading the English based side to the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League final, the 2008 Ballon d’Or winner felt it was the right moment to face a new challenge. Then came the perfect partner; Florentino Perez’s Real Madrid. Cristiano then joined the Spanish giants for 96 million euros.
Being at the peak of his career, success was further expected. And the recent UEFA Super Cup win has concluded how the Madeira born has transformed from a top signing to legendary status for Los Merengues. CR7 has claimed 13 trophies in his eight-year adventure at the Madrid based club.
Ronaldo’s trophies at Real Madrid
• 3 UEFA Champions Leagues ( 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17)
• 3 UEFA Super Cups (2014, 2016, 2017)
• 2 Spanish Primera Division titles (2011/12, 2016/17)
• 2 Copa del Reys (2010/11, 2013/14)
• 2 FIFA Club World Cups (2014, 2016)
• 1 Spanish Supercopa (2012)
Against all odds: Ronaldo guides Portugal to EURO 2016 title
Leading Fernando Santos’ Seleccao, the national team top scorer was influential in his side’s first European Championship title against hosts France. Despite his injury in the final match, CR7 showcased his leadership skills from the bench as Portugal recorded a 1-0 win courtesy an Eder goal in extra time.
The boss has upcoming trophy tests against Barcelona in the 2017 Spanish Supercopa and the FIFA Club World Cup in December. Clinching both titles will up his trophy haul to 27. What a spectacular way it will be for the Portuguese legend to end the year.