MADRID: Spanish number one football club Real Madrid superstar player Cristiano Ronaldo, celebrates his 30th birthday, but there are no signs of Ronaldo’s slowing down towards his league matches and other tournaments.
The Portuguese forward landed on to the international scene as an 18-year-old when he joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon back in 2003 before sealing an £80m move to the Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid home ground).
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo. He is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and is the captain for the Portugal national team.
By the age of 22, Ronaldo had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2008, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
He followed this up by winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013 and 2014. He also won the 2013–14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
In January 2014, Ronaldo scored his 400th senior career goal for club and country aged 28.
Often ranked as the best player in the world, alongside rival Lionel Messi, and rated by some in the sport as the greatest of all time, Ronaldo is the first Portuguese footballer to win three FIFA/Ballons d’Or, and the second player to win three European Golden Shoe awards.
In January 2015, Ronaldo was named as the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation, during its 100th anniversary celebrations.
With Manchester United and Real Madrid, Ronaldo has won three Premier Leagues, one La Liga, one FA Cup, two Football League Cups, two Copas del Rey, one FA Community Shield, one Supercopas de España, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Super Cup and two FIFA Club World Cups.
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