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A look back at Cristiano Ronaldo's career who turns 39 today

Published at :February 5, 2024 at 5:51 PM
Modified at :February 5, 2024 at 6:07 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Ronaldo has remained one of the fittest players in his late 30s

The renowned Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo—often referred to as the “greatest footballer of all time”— turns 39 years old today.

Ronaldo demonstrates every day that age is but a number. The five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or is the ideal example of “maturing like a fine wine.”

Cristiano, who was raised by cleaning streets to support his family, had a difficult upbringing. He was born in Madeira on February 5, 1985. Nevertheless, his early struggles did not stop him from growing into the world’s greatest football player.

At the age of sixteen, CR7 began playing football for the Portuguese team Sporting CP. Before he participated in the senior team in 2002, he was the first Sporting CP to play for the U-16, U-17, U-18, B-team, and first team.

He appeared in 28 games during his one-year stint with Sporting CP’s senior squad from 2002 to 2003, however, he only managed four goals.

However, major English clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool were very interested in his skills. However, in the end, Sir Alex Ferguson, the former manager of the Red Devils, emerged victorious and signed Ronaldo to the United team in July 2003.

The Portuguese footballer adopted the storied “number 7” jersey and began to make headlines in major media outlets under SAF’s instruction. In the early 2000s, he emerged as one of Manchester United’s most important players. In 2008, the Portuguese also assisted United in winning one UEFA Champions League (UCL) and three Premier League championships.

Real Madrid pursued the striker as his notoriety increased, making him their most costly acquisition at the time. Together with the Whites, he took home four FIFA Club World Cup trophies, two La Liga, three UEFA Super Cups, two Copa Del Reys, and four UCLs.

With his announcement that he will be leaving Real Madrid in 2019, his stint there came to an end. He signed with Juventus of Serie A, although he had little effect there.

However, not enough is spoken about Ronaldo’s tenure with the Italian team. Nevertheless, he made 134 appearances for them and scored 101 goals. He won two Serie A titles, two Super Cups, and one Coppa Italia with Juventus.

He returned to United, where the club endured a poor campaign but the forward had a successful season, scoring 18 Premier League goals. After he criticised the management and the team in an interview, his relationship with the new manager Erik ten Hag worsened.

As a result, United terminated the striker’s contract. He then offered himself to plenty of clubs in Europe but none of them were keen to sign and he the striker then went on to play for Saudi club Al-Nassr, ultimately.

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