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24.10.2022 » Why does Australia love Ronaldo?

Cristiano Ronaldo in action at Old Trafford

Ronaldo has a legion of fans spread across the world, but in specific countries or regions, the love and admiration that fans have for him is really extraordinary. In Australia, for example, Ronaldo is adored by every football fan...

Born and raised in Funchal, Portugal, Ronaldo began his career in the youth ranks of Clube de Futebol Andorinha de Santo António. In 1995, he joined Clube Desportivo Nacional and his success with the team led him to sign with Sporting Clube de Portugal for two seasons and he went on to win the Portuguese Super Cup in 2002. The idea of placing a bet against this superstar would be a mistake no matter who he is playing against. Ronaldo can play as a left winger, forward or a centre-forward. He currently plays for Manchester United and the Portuguese National Team, where he is the team's captain. Throughout his career, he has scored an extraordinary number of goals and it's no surprise to anyone that Australian betting sites simply love him. Nearly every game he plays in, he is considered a safe bet. He is the player with the most goals in the history of national soccer teams and he is leaving his mark at the highest level for the clubs he plays for...

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The transfer to Real Madrid

Starring in one of the most expensive transfers in football history at the time, Ronaldo arrived at Real Madrid in a deal worth 94 million euros. This contract set his release clause at €1.000 million and stipulated an annual sum of €12 million, making of him the best paid footballer in the world at the time.

Cristiano Ronaldo already won a trophy in Australia

In 2015, the International Champions Cup final game was played in Australia, in front of a packed stadium. On that day, Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid beating Manchester City 4-1, with the Spanish club winning the trophy for this prestigious pre-season tournament.

The game was hosted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with around 100,000 fans in the stands. Real Madrid took the lead in the 21st minute, with a great goal from Karim Benzema. Cristiano Ronaldo extended the lead to a 2-goal difference in the 25th minute, followed by a third goal from Pepe in the 44th minute. The Citizens still managed to reduce the lead before the half-time break, thanks to a goal from Touré. However, the Merengues confirmed the win in the second half when Denis Cheryshev scored the 4-1 to set the final result.

Ronaldo played a total of 9 seasons for Real Madrid and the result in terms of trophys he won is the following: 2 Spanish Leagues, 2 Copas del Rey, 2 Spanish Super Cups, 4 Champions Leagues, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 3 FIFA Club World Cups and 5 Golden Balls, becoming one of the club's legends and setting multiple records that will stand for many years...

What the football experts' say

Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best and most complete football players in the world. He is a relentless goalscorer, with unique physical attributes and goalscoring skills. His winning mentality is second to none, while his leadership and his performance under pressure simply make him one of the best footballers of all time. Some even go further and claim that Ronaldo is quite simply the best player ever.

Ronaldo's career in the Portuguese National Team

He had his first game with the Portuguese National Team in 2003, in a friendly against Kazakhstan, a game that Portugal won. Ronaldo was then called to help his nation in the Euro 2004, which was held in his home country. The Portuguese youngster scored his first goal for the Seleção das Quinas against Greece, in the group stage, where even the loss of the game showed right away his potential and thirst for goals.

In the semi-finals against the Netherlands, he left his mark again, leading Portugal to victory. He was considered one of the best young players at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, leading Portugal to be ranked 4th, ahead of teams such as Brazil, Argentina, England, Netherlands and Spain.

While representing the Portuguese National Team, Ronaldo became the greatest scorer of all time. After his debut for the senior national team in 2003, he reached three finals and won two trophies. He reached his first final at the Euro 2004, but did not avoid the surprising defeat against Greece. However, Ronaldo was included in the dream team of the tournament, which was selected by several football experts.

He reached his second final at the Euro 2016, where he managed to crown himself champion for the first time with his national team, in addition to receiving the tournament's award for the topscorer of the championship. Ronaldo reached his third final in the 2018–19 Nations League, where he managed to crown himself champion for the second time with his national team, in addition to receiving the Alipay Trophy for being the top scorer of the championship in its final phase and the Award for scoring the best goal of the competition.

Ronaldo is also one of the most famous and marketable athletes in the world, as well as one of the popular figures of his generation. He was ranked the highest paid athlete in the world by Forbes in 2012, 2016 and 2017, and the most famous athlete in the world by ESPN from 2016 to 2019. Time also included him in their list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. In 2020, he reached the $1000 million mark in fortune, making him football's first billionaire.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates goal against Atalanta

The day Italy stopped...

In 2018, Real Madrid, through an official statement, announced a million-dollar deal for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. Hours later, Juventus officially confirmed his signing, paying 100 million euros for a four-year contract. This made made him the biggest transfer for an Italian club in history, surpassing Gonzalo Higuaín, who had been bought by Juventus for 90 million euros in 2016.

In the fourth round, against Sassuolo, he scored his first two goals with the Juventus shirt and guaranteed the victory, thus starting his cycle of goals for the Bianconeri.

He came in second at "The Best" in the FIFA Football Awards 2018 and was not at the ceremony, with his former club-mate Luka Modrić winning the award for the best player in the world. In the remaining of the season, he lifted his first cup with a Juventus shirt, scoring the title goal in the 2018 Italian Super Cup final against AC Milan. After staying 6 straight matches without playing in Serie A between injuries and rotations, he returned in the 33rd match against Fiorentina, with the mission to win the early title. He naturally became an Italian champion and helped his club adding another Scudetto in Juve's history, turning this moment into the second title the club earned in less than a year. With this achievement, Ronaldo became one of the few players in history to have won the three main leagues in the world (La Liga, Premier League and Serie A).

The return to Manchester United...

On August 27 of 2021, Manchester United announced the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, 12 years after he had left the country. Right on his debut, on September 11 of 2021, Cristiano scored his first two goals for the Red Devils in a victory over Newcastle, in the Premier League. On September 14, he scored United's goal in a 2–1 defeat to Young Boys in the first round of the UEFA Champions League. The Portuguese star is always rocking the net and showing his work, with the certainty that positive results will come.

On October 2, he made his 200th Premier League appearance, having started on the bench and coming on in the course of the draw with Everton.

In March 2022, after being decisive in the victory against Tottenham, where he scored a hat-trick, Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Josef Bican's mark, reaching 807 goals in his career and isolating himself at the top of the ranking of the best scorers in recognized official games by FIFA. CR7 returned to Manchester United at the start of the 2021/22 season and in 38 matches he played, he scored a total of 24 goals and provided three assists.

Cristiano Ronaldo didn't show up in Australia in 2022

The Portuguese ace, who did not show up at the team's pre-season tour in Australia earlier this year, ended up meeting with his teammates only when the club's entourage returned to England. If only he knew how much Australians love him and love to bet on his games...

Erik Ten Hag - who once said that he was not worried about his absence in the lead-up to 202, has already made multiple contradictory statements since then.

With his contract set to expire in June of 2023, Cristiano Ronaldo has been making his dissatisfaction clear and he is still looking in Europe for another team that is interested in signing him. According to Australian newspapers, the English club is still hesitating about what to do with their star player and has been giving Ronaldo multiple oppportunities to prove his commitment. After being United's top scorer last season, with 24 goals in 39 games, the Portuguese has surprised the fans by leaving clear signs that he wants to leave the club as soon as possible...

Cristiano Ronaldo motivating his teammates in a game for United

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Manchester United in the Premier League is on October 19, against Tottenham. You can watch Manchester United vs Sheriff, RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid, PSG vs Maccabi Haifa, Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City, RB Salzburg vs Chelsea, and Benfica vs Juventus, all matches provided from our streaming live game pages.

Manchester United next game:
Man United vs Sheriff
kick-off time (27-10-2022):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 03:00
| UTC/GMT+7: 02:00
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:30
Italy (Turin) |
UTC/GMT+2: 21:00
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 21:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 16:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 15:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 12:00

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Cristiano Ronaldo raising his left arm




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