Quotes by Cristiano Ronaldo
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Wikipedia Summary for Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɾiʃˈtjɐnu ʁɔˈnaɫdu]; born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and captains the Portugal national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo has won five Ballon d'Or awards and four European Golden Shoes, the most by a European player. He has won 32 trophies in his career, including seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship and one UEFA Nations League. Ronaldo holds the records for most appearances (180), most goals (139) and assists (42) in the Champions League, most goals in the European Championship (14), most international goals by a male player (115), and most international appearances by a European male (184). He is one of the few players to have made over 1,100 professional career appearances, and has scored over 790 official senior career goals for club and country.
Born and raised in Madeira, Ronaldo began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United in 2003, aged 18, winning the FA Cup in his first season. He would also go onto win three consecutive Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup; at age 23, he won his first Ballon d'Or. Ronaldo was the subject of the then-most expensive association football transfer when he signed for Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth €94 million (£80 million), where he won 15 trophies, including two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey and four Champions Leagues, and became the club's all-time top goalscorer. He also finished runner-up for the Ballon d'Or three times, behind Lionel Messi (his perceived career rival), and won back-to-back Ballons d'Or in 2013 and 2014, and again in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, he signed for Juventus in a transfer worth an initial €100 million (£88 million), the most expensive transfer for an Italian club and the most expensive transfer for a player over 30 years old. He won two Serie A titles, two Supercoppe Italiana and a Coppa Italia, before returning to Manchester United in 2021.
Ronaldo made his senior international debut for Portugal in 2003 at the age of 18 and has since earned over 180 caps, making him Portugal's most-capped player. With more than 100 goals at international level, he is also the nation's all-time top goalscorer. He has played in and scored at 11 major tournaments; he scored his first international goal at Euro 2004, where he helped Portugal reach the final. He assumed full captaincy of the national team in July 2008. In 2015, Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation. The following year, he led Portugal to their first major tournament title at Euro 2016, and received the Silver Boot as the second-highest goalscorer of the tournament. He also led them to victory in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019, and later received the Golden Boot as top scorer of Euro 2020.
One of the world's most marketable and famous athletes, Ronaldo was ranked the world's highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017 and the world's most famous athlete by ESPN from 2016 to 2019. Time included him on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. He is the first footballer and the third sportsman to earn US$1 billion in his career.
My friends ask me if I want more kids, and I always say yes, I want more; it's the best thing you can have in your life.
At Real, psychological pressure on the players is much more serious than at United. This is good. At many clubs, you don't know the consequence of playing badly.
For me Sir Alex was my father in football. He was crucial in my career and, outside football, was a great human being with me. Talent isn't everything. You can have it from the cradle, but it is necessary to learn the trade to be the best.
I would be very proud if, one day, I'm held in the same esteem as George Best or Beckham. It's what I'm working hard towards.
I have two Golden Boot awards at home. It would be nice to win another, but I wouldn't mind it if I didn't.
I'm not going to change the world. You're not going to change the world. But we can help -- we can all help.
No one did what I did last season and for this, I deserve the Golden Boot and why not the best World Player award?
Do you think I would enter into a contract with that mob? Absolutely no chance. I would not sell them a virus. That is a 'No' by the way. There is no agreement whatsoever between the clubs.
What I do as an individual player is only important if it helps the team to win. That is the most important thing.
Manchester United is still in my heart. Disappointed they didn't win the title but they are still the kings of Premier League.
I don't understand referees. It appears like some players can't even be touched, but in my case, everyone can hit me as hard as they can.
One rule that will work if it is used everywhere, is that when you have a free-kick, the referee puts the mark on the floor to make sure the defenders keep their distance.
My father always taught me that when you help other people, then God will give you double. And that's what has really happened to me. When I have helped other people who are in need, God has helped me more.
I spent six years at United and I owe them everything that I am today. I made history at United and won many trophies. It was a pleasure to play at Old Trafford.
I know I'm a good professional, I know that no one's harder on me than myself and that's never going to change, under any circumstances.
When you see someone like him coming on, with his great pace and desire to take someone on, it is a boost.
When you are nominated for the best player in Europe, the Ballon d'Or, playing in the Champions League, there is so much pressure. You don't know what will happen. This pressure is inside you -- you always have it.
I miss Manchester, especially the apple crumble and custard they served at Carrington after training.
We cannot live being obsessed with what other people think about us. It's impossible to live like that. Not even God managed to please the entire world.
I don't consider myself as the best player in the world. I'm not obsessed with individual titles. I'm much more interested in being part of a team which wins trophies.
I want to be one of the best players around in two or three years time, to be a decisive footballer.
I see football as an art and all players are artists.
If you are a top artist, the last thing you would do is paint a picture somebody else has already painted.
When you've got a player who does what he does at that pace this late in the game than you know you've got an invaluable talent.
We saw that he plays with his heart too. He obviously loves the game so much and was distraught to lose in the final. Seeing him cry nearly got me going too.
I prefer other people to make judgments about the way I play and to characterize me, rather me describe myself.
After we played Sporting last week, the lads in the dressing room talked about him constantly, and on the plane back from the game they urged me to sign him. That's how highly they rated him.
Iker has never stopped being one of the best goalkeepers in the world. For me, Iker is a top goalkeeper and has never not been.
The kid makes you sick. He looks the part, he walks the part, he is the part. He's six-foot something, fit as a flea, good-looking -- he's got to have something wrong with him....Hopefully he's hung like a hamster! That would make us all feel better!
He does things I have never seen from any other player and it really is marvellous to watch. It takes a great player to grab the bull by the horns and make things happen, but he has done it repeatedly. He has been even better than people here thought he would be and that's saying something.
Sharing the cover with Irina means a lot. Irina is the most beautiful woman in the world and working with her was a surprise and something very special. It was the first time we did something together. And I enjoyed it.
But I don't want to be compared to anyone like to impose my own style of play and do the best for myself and for the club here.
No, Wayne (Rooney) doesn't need it (tips about style). He has his own style. But with hair he looks much better. He looks very good now. Before, he was a little bit ugly, but now, with hair, he's beautiful.
Scoring goals is a great feeling, but the most important thing to me is that the team is successful -- it doesn't matter who scores the goals as long as we're winning.
Tuesday will be a tough night for me. It's like to return to the family who have not seen you for a long time. I spent a wonderful time there.
To be honest, there are no problems between me and Messi. People have their own opinions about who they think is the better player. It is what it is, but there is no rivalry beyond games and what happens on the pitch.
I am very happy to be signing for the best team in the world and especially proud to be the first Portuguese player to join Manchester United.
I've always dreamed to win the Champions League with Real Madrid and we are only one step away to win it.
I'm proud to play for Real Madrid because I have fun; when you no longer have fun it's a sign that it's time to leave. For now though, I'm happy here at the greatest club in the world.
He is as tough as anything. You can crack him once, but he won't let it bother him. He's back on his feet in no time and getting on with it. He is a strong character and a great sight when he's heading for goal.
It gives me the happiest feeling in the world. I just love scoring. It doesn't matter if it's a simple goal from close range, a long shot or a dribble around several players, I just love to score all goals.
Don Alfredo leaves us, but his memory will last forever in our hearts. Legends never die. Thanks for everything Maestro.
Ronaldo can do whatever he wants as a footballer. There are some things he does with the ball that make me touch my head and wonder how he did it.
Some fans keep booing and whistling at me because I'm handsome, rich and a great player. They envy me.
I'm ready to lose my life if that's what Portugal needs to win. I'll play vs USA even if I play with one leg.
I'm no longer thinking of Madrid. That dream is dead. The only thing I dream about now is Manchester United and winning the Champions League again in Rome.
I see myself as the best footballer in the world. If you don't believe you are the best, then you will never achieve all that you are capable of.
I have practically no private life. I'm already used to this and ready for it. Yes, sometimes it is hard, but it is the choice I made.
Lots of young players have triumphed at United, so why can't it happen to me? I'm not worried I'm young -- it's an incentive to do the best I can.
There are people out there who hate me and who say I'm arrogant, vain, and whatever. That's all part of my success. I am made to be the best.
There's no point in making predictions. It's not worth speculating because nothing is set in stone and things change all the time in football. Today there are opportunities that no one knows if they will come round again in the future.
At United, there are great traditions, which you can't buy in one or two years. They are created by victories. You need to prove again and again that you are better than the others. Manchester United have always done this, and are still doing it, so they are the best.
In football, I don't have a lot of friends. The people who I really trust, there are not many... Most of the time, I'm alone.
Many people look at me and think they know me but they don't at all. This is the real me. I am a humble person, a feeling person. A person who cares about others, who wants to help others.
It obviously bothers people when Real Madrid win. It makes them jealous. There isn't a level playing field.
Every season is a new challenge to me, and I always set out to improve in terms of games, goals, assists.
The high point of my career was winning the Champions League. No one will ever erase that from my memory, in the same way that no one will ever erase the fact that I did it in a Manchester United shirt.
I am very happy to be signing for the best team in the world and especially proud to be the first Portuguese player to join United.
I never promise anything. I don't promise anything to my mum. I don't promise anything to the supporters.