February 5, 2018 marks Cristiano Ronaldo’s 33rd birthday and we don’t know whether to celebrate… or cry!
Where did the time go?!
Enjoy our video tribute:
The Funchal native has been mesmerizing us for the past 16 years and reminding us what it means to be a fighter, to dream big, and to excel outside our comfort zone. Mocked during his childhood in Lisbon for having a strange accent, the Madeira-born footballer speaks no less than three languages. Namely, his mother tongue Portuguese, English, and Spanish. He’s not that bad at hearing French either!
Cristiano Ronaldo has never been the type to shy away from adversity. Before embarking on his adventure in the rainy city of Manchester, the winger lifted the 2002 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira as an unused substitute in Sporting CP’s 5-1 trouncing of Leixões. He’s played in three countries — and who knows what the future holds in his career?
As a teenager, CR7 repaid Sir Alex Ferguson’s faith in him by making justice to Manchester United’s iconic number 7 jersey.
- 292 games
- 188 goals
- 3 Premier League titles
- 2 League Cups
- 1 FA Cup
- 1 Community Shield
- 1 UEFA Champions League
- 1 FIFA Club World Cup
- 1 Ballon d’Or, FIFA Player of the Year and many more awards.
He’s since made his mark in Spain by winning 14 titles at Real Madrid. Those include three Champions League titles to restore the Galacticos’ European dominance.
In addition to his collective achievements at the Santiago Bernabeu, the evergreen athlete has picked up four more Ballon d’Ors and is, as of early 2018, the sole owner of the Best FIFA Mens’ Player award thanks to his back-to-back wins.
In short: Cristiano Ronaldo has won it all! He’s been scoring on and off the pitch with:
- 549 club football goals and counting
- 79 for Portugal
- A museum to document his feats (Museu CR7)
- Hotels (Pestana CR7), perfume and clothing lines
- An airport named after him in his homeland
- Four cute kids (Cristiano Ronaldo Junior, Mateo, Eva, Alana Martina)
- And one señorita (Georgina Rodriguez)
As per data from the PFA.com, the average age at which footballers retire is 35. However, trust Cristiano Ronaldo to have more than two years left playing at the top level before hanging up his boots.
Happy 33rd birthday, Cristiano Ronaldo!