11.01.2022 » Cristiano Ronaldo's illustrious soccer career
One of the most famous soccer players in the world is undoubtedly Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. At the time of his first transfer in professional football, Manchester United paid a record fee for a 18-year-old player, when they ended up signing him for £12 million, back in 2003. Ronaldo scored three goals and contributed to Manchester's FA Cup win in 2004. Before Real Madrid's record-breaking $131 million acquisition in 2009, he set a franchise record of goals scored in 2008. Portugal won the 2016 European Championship with Ronaldo's five Ballon d'Ors, which was a record at the time. Juventus then signed Ronaldo in July 2018, starting a new chapter in his career. More recently, the Portuguese star returned to Manchester to play for the Red Devils in his second spell at the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo - 801 career goals:
Manchester United paid a record fee for Ronaldo when he was only 18 years old, in the summer of 2003. With his footwork and deft skill, Ronaldo wowed even his opponents during Sporting's friendly match against Manchester. The soccer world was not let down by Ronaldo: He successfully led the team to multiple titles throughout his first journey at Manchester, from Premier League to Champions League trophies. After earning the FIFA World Player of the Year award for 2008, Ronaldo set a franchise record for goals (42), and the best football odds put together one of the club's best seasons. Ronaldo helped winning the Premier League two times during the years he played in England.
Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid for a record fee of $131 million in 2009. There had been speculation that Ronaldo wanted to play elsewhere, and his commitment to Manchester United had always been questioned, so nobody was too surprised to see him leave. As a result, Ronaldo compiled a long list of individual honors and team trophies.
Lionel Messi, from FC Barcelona, won the Player of the Year award in 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the 2016 European Champion, Champions League champion, and Club World Cup winner by UEFA and France Football Magazine, along with other national and international awards.
The rumors that Ronaldo's Real days were numbered were confirmed by the signing of Juve in July 2018. Juventus paid Real 100 million euros for Ronaldo's transfer to the Serie A. In his goodbye, the Portuguese star commented: «It is impossible for me not to be grateful to this club, to its fans, and the people of Madrid.»
Ronaldo went on to win the Serie A MVP award in 2019 after leading his team to its ninth consecutive title.
Return to Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United came as surprise to most people, but once the announcement was made officially on August 27, 2021, everyone knew all eyes will be on the Premier League in the upcoming months.
In his debut, Ronaldo managed to score twice against Newcastle and made the fans believe that this United team could finally find the right track to win titles. However, a series of bad results would led to Solskjaer's dismissal just a few months after the season had started and the new manager, Ralf Rangnick, is yet to convince the fans...
Nevertheless, Cristiano Ronaldo is the team's top scorer since he arrived to the club, with a total of 7 goals in the Premier League and 6 goals in the Champions League. With the chances of winning the Premier League being close to zero, United fans are hoping for something magical to happen in the Champions League and of course, for Ronaldo to lead the group to another final.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Manchester United is on January 15, against Aston Villa. You can watch Aston Villa vs Manchester United, Inter vs Juventus, Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Liverpool vs Arsenal, Tottenham vs Chelsea, and Everton vs Leicester City, all matches provided from our live stream game pages.
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