Let’s take a look at Cristiano Ronaldo‘s five greatest accomplishments as the Real Madrid and Manchester United legend celebrates his 39th birthday today.
“I don’t follow records; records follow me,” At Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke candidly about his greatness during his bittersweet second season. On Monday, Cristiano, the legendary football player from Portugal, who is renowned for writing history and dominating goal-scoring records in the world of competitive football, will turn 39. Cristiano, one of the best players in the history of the beautiful game, led several elite leagues throughout his illustrious tenures at Juventus (Serie A), Real Madrid (La Liga), and Manchester United (English Premier League).
In 2003, the former star of Sporting moved to Old Trafford. Known by his nickname “CR7,” Ronaldo scored a goal against Greece in 2004 to mark his UEFA Euro debut. Ronaldo leads all goal scorers in the European Championship by five goals, ahead of Michel Platini, who is ranked second. At the UEFA Euro, no player has scored as many goals as Ronaldo (14) has. In men’s football, Ronaldo has also scored the most goals in both the FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro finals combined. As the legendary Real Madrid and Manchester United player celebrates his 39th birthday today, let’s quickly review his five greatest accomplishments.
King of the hat-trick!
Were you aware? The first person to score ten hat tricks in men’s international football is Ronaldo. The incredible accomplishment was accomplished by the Portuguese goal machine in 2021 during Portugal’s 5-0 victory over Luxembourg, when he scored the record 10th hat-trick. Sven Rydell, the men’s international football player with nine hat-tricks, was surpassed by Ronaldo.
most global objectives
When Cristiano scored goal number 110 in 2021, he overtook Ali Daei. Ronaldo’s brace for Portugal enabled him to surpass Daei’s then-record 109 goals. In his career, Cristiano has scored more than 118 goals for his country. The Portugal mainstay made history in 2021 when he braced against the Republic of Ireland.
The sole individual to score in three Champions League finals
One of the explanations for Ronaldo’s UEFA Champions League nickname. The former Juventus and Real Madrid player has scored in three Champions League championship games. He now holds the record for most goals scored in Champions League final games. In the summit matchups, Ronaldo has one goal for Manchester United and three for Real Madrid.
most goals in the Champions League
At the club level, the captain of Portugal is the all-time top striker in the greatest competition in Europe. Cristiano has scored 140 goals in the renowned competition. Throughout his medal-filled career, the seasoned forward has lifted the coveted trophy five times. Additionally, Ronaldo has the most Champions League caps of any player. With 183 appearances in the Champions League, Ronaldo has a record.
800 lifetime goals scored by a single player
Cristiano made history earlier by being the first player to score 800 goals for his team and nation. In November 2022, the former Manchester United player accomplished the feat. In a Premier League encounter involving the Red Devils and Arsenal, Cristiano scored the game’s historic goal. Additionally, he scored his team’s game-winning goal against the Gunners.