Cristiano Ronaldo: The Human Side of a Superstar

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Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest soccer players of all time. (Image: Ajith Kuma via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest soccer players of all time; either you envy, love, or hate him. The Portuguese forward grew up in Madeira, and was later spotted at a young age by Manchester United’s legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo spent 6 years at Manchester United and won many trophies for his team — to later move to Real Madrid, becoming the world’s most expensive player.

The 32-year-old superstar is the fastest hat-trick player in the UEFA Champion’s League for Real Madrid; the first player to score in every minute of a game; the only player in history to have scored 60 or more goals in a calendar year four times (consecutively 2011 to 2014); the most goals in the Champions League (103), as well as home goals, away goals, knockout stage goals, and assists; and the list goes on.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese forward for Real Madrid C.F. (Image by: Ajith Kumar via Flickr )

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese forward for Real Madrid C.F. (Image: Ajith Kuma via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

His journey began from humble beginnings, and he made it to the very top of the soccer world by breaking a great number of domestic and international records. Ronaldo’s former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, described him as the “perfect example of someone who made himself,” as well as one of the most courageous players he has ever known.

So, why all these negative feelings about him?

People on social media — particularly British fans — often describe him as being “horrible” or “arrogant,” owing to his infamous “wink” at the 2006 World Cup and his later alleged statement, suggesting people are jealous of his success and good looks. However, there is a side of Ronaldo that few talk about.

In his long career, he has provided innumerable moments where he has proven himself to be a good guy, moments that tend to go unnoticed owing to the media frenzy to spread false information and turn the public’s opinion against him. The Real Madrid superstar is a far nicer human being than many give him credit for.

Watch this inspiring video of Cristiano Ronaldo:

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