Featured Offbeat — 19 July 2017

 

Regarded to be one of the best footballers in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH is commonly known among his fans as Cristiano Ronaldo. From his Order of Prince Henry (OIH) title, you can take a guess on the extent of his contributions to the Portuguese football. The Portuguese footballer first set his mark as a player for the Manchester United club of England, and then he reached the heights of greatness when he made a move to the Spanish club, the Real Madrid. In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo set his transfer to Real Madrid for a whopping fee of 80 million pounds.

This 28-year-old footballer currently plays at the forward position in the field. Having already won multiple FWA and PFA awards, Cristiano Ronaldo went on to receive the Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball or European Footballer of the Year award) in 2008. In years 2008 and 2011, he also received the European Golden Shoe. Through his consistent and marvelous performance in the game, he also grabbed the titles of Onze d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Year, World Soccer Player of the Year, FIFA Puskas Award, FIFPro Player of the Year, etc. These titles brought him a great fan following.

In 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo was honored by the Portuguese Football Federation with the title of the best Portuguese player of all time. He was listed as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017. Cristiano Ronaldo also received the title of world’s most famous athlete by the ESPN in 2016 and 2017.

It would be demeaning to his game if we go on counting the number of awards and titles received by him. This fine player of the game has set various goal scoring records. As the captain of the Portuguese national team, he has led his country to win several major tournaments on different occasions. Cristiano Ronaldo is a globally popular player and his following can be witnessed from the 120 million+ fan base that carries on Facebook. Well, who knew that this son of simple parents would someday reach the hearts of millions of people through his excellence in the game of football!

 

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