Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal’s best hope for FIFA World Cup™ glory. Born on 5 February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Ronaldo was first brought to attention at Sporting Lisbon before really making his name as one of the best players in the world during his time at Manchester United. In 2009 Ronaldo was signed by Real for a record £80 million making him the most expensive player at that time.
With the World Cup nearly upon us, it is no doubt that football fanatics around the world are eagerly waiting to see the current Ballon d’Or holder displaying his talent in Brazil. Though he is a marvel to watch and hardly disappoints on the pitch, it is a personal disappointment that international glory for Portugal has eluded him thus far.
The closest CR7 (as he is known around football circles) has come to winning a European trophy with Portugal was a silver medal in 2004, when Greece upset the host nation in the final. As for the World Cup, the fourth place finish in 2006 was his best finish. The 29-year old has scored in each and every season since 2002, netting double digits from 2004 to date, most notably 69 goals last year, his best yet.
At club level the ball seems to always be bouncing in his favour, having scooped almost everything on offer with Manchester United and Real Madrid. The English Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Club World Cup were all won with the Red Devils while he has scooped the La Liga tittle and Copa Del Rey with Los Blancos as well as adding the Champions League this season.
Individually Ronaldo’s career hasn’t been short of accolades and the pen has never been dry for him to be written in the history books. He became the first player in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards. He is a two-time Ballon d’Or winner. In two separate seasons Ronaldo has scored against each and every team in La Liga and he has also scored a record number of goals in a single UEFA Champions League campaign.
Brazil and the rest of the world is waiting to see if the man who scored the fastest century of goals for Real Madrid will be the fastest in the race towards World Cup glory. It is not by mistake that everyone is expecting CR7 to shine as he has so often over the years, single-handedly won matches, evidenced through the high number of hat-tricks he has scored in his career. Considering that Portugal has never won the World Cup, Ronaldo is perhaps their only hope to clinching this prestigious trophy. Its not a matter of piling pressure on him, but he knows it is the only way he can truly write his name among the world’s greatest of all time.