“Age does not matter if the matter does not age” This Carlos P. Romulo’s wise saying has been effective to date and has actually spoken right of one sensational footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since the Juventus forward began his professional football career, he has always grown from strength to strength rather than growing tired as he ages.
Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who started his professional career at the age of 16 when he was promoted from the Sporting’s youth team by the first-team manager László Bölöni because of his brilliant dribbling skills.
His representatives proposed him to Liverpool, Barcelona and Arsenal during the 2002-03 season. But Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson made the first step to secure his signature when Sporting thrashed United 3-1 in August 2003.
Ronaldo signed for United in 2003-04 for a £12.24 million fee, making him the most expensive teenager at that time and the first Portuguese ever to sign for Manchester United.
The 34-year-old produced a superb performance during his stint at Old Trafford where he won the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player’s Player, Fans’ Player, and Young Player of the Year awards, as well as the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award, becoming the first player to win all four main PFA and FWA honours. His club wages were concurrently upgraded to £120,000 a week (£31 million total) as part of a five-year contract extension with United.
Ahead of the 2009/10 season, Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee at the time, of £80 million (€94 million). His contract, which ran until 2015, was worth €11 million per year and contained a €1 billion buy-out clause.
At least 80,000 fans attended his presentation at the Santiago Bernabéu, surpassing the 25-year record of 75,000 fans who had welcomed Diego Maradona at Napoli. Since club captain Raúl already wore the number 7, the number Ronaldo wore at Manchester United, Ronaldo received the number 9 shirt, which was presented to him by former Madrid player Alfredo Di Stéfano.
He also did a commendable job at Bernabeu where he departed on 10th July 2018 after eight-day transfer speculation. Ronaldo won his first trophy with Juventus in January 2019, the 2018 Supercoppa Italiana, after he scored the game-winning and only goal from a header against A.C. Milan.
In total, Ronaldo has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. He has won 29 trophies in his career, including six league titles, five UEFA Champions League titles, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League.
He has been a prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most official goals scored in the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA European Championship, as well as those for most assists in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA European Championship. He has scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country.
Achievements after the age of 30
The Portuguese has remained prolific even after the age of 30 when many players are known to be growing tired and retiring a few years later.
Since turning 30, Ronaldo has been featured in 200 games, scoring an amazing 182 goals and providing 54 assists and has only missed 15 matches due to injury.
Four years down the line, the Juventus forward has lifted 3 UEFA Champions League trophies, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 2 FIFA CWC, 1 Copa Del Rey, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Serie A, 1 Italian Super Cup, and 1 Nations League.
.@Cristiano since turning 30:
👤 200 games
⚽ 182 goals
🅰️ 54 assists
🏆 3x #UCL
🏆 3x UEFA Super Cup
🏆 2x FIFA CWC
🏆 1x Copa del Rey
🏆 1x 🇪🇸 Super Cup
🏆 1x Serie A
🏆 1x 🇮🇹 Super Cup
🏆 1x 🇪🇺 Champion
🏆 1x Nations League
😱 Only 15 games missed through injury.
— Ayodeji Ayodeji (@AyodejiX2) June 11, 2019
He emerged as the most marketable athletes in the world, he was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017 and as the world’s most famous athlete by ESPN in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
This is a whole roundup of magnificent performance by Ronaldo who is 34 years old and seems not to be retiring from football anytime soon.