Euro 2020 Special

Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo – The Legend

No team in world football and no fan (who isn’t in denial) wouldn’t love to see Cristiano Ronaldo in their colours.

He’s played for the best teams in Europe for almost two decades and, at the grand old age of 35, there’s no sign of him slowing down. Fans of Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus revere his genius and, with luck, we’ll all see him at Euro 2020.

Ronaldo is unarguably one of the best two players on the planet this century, alongside Barca’s Lionel Messi, and he’s a brand in himself. Who wouldn’t want a pair of CR7 undies?!

Before too long we’ll see him playing in Serie A once again, and we’ll be bang up to date with all the Euro 2020 news as it unfolds, here’s hoping we see Ronaldo and his team gracing the European stage.


Portugal’s Leader

Five years ago Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by his nation’s Football Federation, having played 164 times and netting an astonishing 99 goals. After helping Portugal to the 2004 Euro Finals he became his nation’s captain in 2008 and has played in and scored in ten major tournaments. And by 2018 he became the highest European international goalscorer in history.

CR7 captained Portugal to its first major tournament triumph in the 2016 European Championships, though he was stretchered off during the final against France. He was named in the Team of the Tournament for the third time in his career and, in 2019, he captained Portugal to victory in the first-ever Nations League.

Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronalo has been with Portugal when they won Euro 2016 and Nations League
Cristiano Ronaldo in action during Juventus’ Champions League match against Lyon

Aside from that, reports today reveal the human side of a superhuman footballer, as Ronaldo plans to convert his hotels in Portugal to temporary hospitals to support the world’s battle against Coronavirus.

CR7 is a leader and a gentleman.


England’s Nemesis

Not everyone is a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo though. During his time in the Premier League he wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea. As Manchester United swept away all before them in the first decade of the Millennium, fans of opposing sides who bemoaned the impossibility of winning a penalty at Old Trafford, while expecting the Red Devils to be awarded a spot-kick when they needed one, often directed their ire at CR7.

The reality of course was that Ronaldo spent a lot of his time in his opponents’ penalty area and he was invariably too good for the hapless fullbacks tasked with marking and stopping him, by fair means or foul.

But those outside the Manchester United family blamed him anyway, for his part in the sending off of Wayne Rooney at the 2006 World Cup. In a game England were expected to win, his United club-mate kicked out at Ricardo Carvalho and, after leading the protests imploring the ref to send Rooney off, Ronaldo winked at his team-mates when the red card was brandished.

CR7’s breathtaking form in a dominant period for Manchester United helped his club win three consecutive league titles between 2007 and 2009, along with a Champions League.

When he left United for Real Madrid in a record £80m switch in the 2009 close season, Red Devils fans mourned his departure while the rest of the Premier League celebrated.


Record Breaker

As well as scoring more international goals than any other European player in history, Ronaldo has won five Ballons D’Or and four European Golden Shoes, both a record for a European player.

He was won an astonishing 29 trophies in his career so far, surely soon to become 30 and I expect he’ll finish his international career with 100 goals or more. He’s scored more goals in the Champions League than anyone in history, an incredible 128, and he has made over 1,000 professional appearances in his career scoring over 700 goals for club and country.

Manchester United would have him back in the blink of an eye and, with Juventus on track to win a record ninth Scudetto this year, there’s more to come from CR7.




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