Written by Alexander Thandi Ubani



He is handsome, athletic, rich, famous, and classy. Cristiano Ronaldo is a famous football star whose name reverberates on the lips of every soccer fan and even beyond. A superstar brewing with talent and dazzling footwork, Ronaldo is a dribbling ace and soccer genius shining more brilliantly amongst his mates. His physique, charming face, stylish hairstyle, amazing celebration and enchanting smile gives him away any time. A woman’s dream man, Cristiano Ronaldo is a story of fame, determination, hard work and trials.

His rise to fame is soiled in many troubles as early life was not kind to him. Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos is a Portuguese professional footballer plying his trade with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Ronaldo is the first Portuguese player to win three FIFA Ballons D’or awards in 2008, 2013 and 2014 respectively. He also won the 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and has scored over 400 senior career goals for his club and country.

He is one of the best soccer stars to grace planet earth; he’s built with amazing speed, pace, strength and outstanding skills and immense talent. C. Ronaldo has been classified and described as a notorious goal-poacher, ace free-kick taker and a goal-scoring machine. He is Portugal’s best player of all time and has won three Premier league competitions, one FA Cup, two Football League Cups, one FA Community Shield and Champions League trophy with Manchester United. He also has won one La Liga, two Copas del Rey, one Supercopas de España, one UEFA Champions League Trophy, one UEFA Super Cup and two FIFA Club World Cups trophies with Real Madrid. He is the only second Portuguese player to win three European Golden Shoe awards. Ronaldo holds the record as the first player in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards. In 2008, he won 3 of the 4 main PFA and FWA trophies and was named the FIFA World Player of the Year, FIFPro Player of the Year, World Soccer Player of the Year, and the Onze d’Or.

He is the world’s most expensive player bought from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 for a staggering sum of $132 million dollars. He is ranked as the best player in the world for his numerous contributions to the world of sports.

Cristiano Ronaldo was born into a family of four; his father was a municipal gardener while his mother was a cook who lived in the neighborhood of Funchal Maderia. Things were not that very easy with his family because they were not rich, he had to cope with his brother and sisters in their little cubicle. The youngest of the lot, he was a controversial figure during his early days in school that once resulted in his expulsion from school after he threw a chair at his teacher. Life was really difficult and knowing that education wasn’t his greatest strength, the young Ronaldo who got his name from the former United states President – Ronald Reagan, pursued a career in soccer.

He was good with his legs, very fast and had many footy tricks in his boot. At 14, Ronaldo decided to give football all the attention it needed. Football was his life and even at a tender age, he had begun winning laurels when in 1995, he won the title with Nacional.  C. Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart – a heart disorder that causes it to beat faster than normal, forcing the heart to pump less efficiently and provides less blood flow for the rest of the body, hence a surgery was performed and the area of his heart cauterized to stop the condition. The surgery was successful as he returned to training just a few days later. If that was not detected early, it would have put a dent to his career.

Today, Cristiano Ronaldo is a celebrated world class star, model and an inspiration for the many youths who want to be like him. He is a success story of sheer hard work and belief in determination. A class on his own, he has broken records after records and set records for many to challenge. He is football’s most prolific scorer of goals and the first footballer to score against every team in a single season in La Liga.

He is poles apart from many of his contemporaries and is classed as the one of the best football player ever. Apart from the World Cup, Ronaldo has won every of the globally recognized football trophies on planet earth. In December 2014, Ronaldo became the fastest player to score 200 goals in La Liga when, in his 178th La Liga game, he scored a hat-trick against Celta Vigo; his 23rd hat-trick was also a La Liga record. He has amassed individual records and awards too numerous to mention.

This amazing talented superstar football maestro who scaled all odds to climb the pinnacle of success through sheer hard work and telling brilliance deserves nothing but great recommendation. He is an enigma, dynamo, a paragon of raw ego, an achiever and a shining star. Ronaldo is a true assurance that obstacles cannot hinder the success of those who have made it a case to be successful. Through odds and intimidating challenges of early hard times, he fought his way to world fame by harnessing his potentials fully. We give it up to this amazing human, son, brother, father, star and hero – Cristiano Ronaldo. He is football’s most famous Superstar.


©Copyright 2015 Alexander Thandi Ubani

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