Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Twenty ?nine years ago, a baby boy was born in San Antonio, a suburb of Funchal, Madeira in Portugal to a cook and a gardener. With poverty starving at the family, they only needed a ?savior? to redeem them from the harsh economic conditions. A challenge, to the young boy, who defied the odds to make a name for himself in association football.

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is the name of the boy and the reigning world best footballer. Currently with Spanish giants Real Madrid, he ?previously played for Andorinha, Nacional and Sporting Lisbon where he caught the eagle eye of one Sir Alex Fegurson, culminating in his move to Manchester United in 2003.

Young Cristiano Ronaldo
Young Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo?s life has seen an iconic rise from being a school drop out to a rich athlete. But for fate, Ronaldo?s footballing career could not have stood the test of time when at age 15, he was diagnosed with a racing heart, a condition that could have forced him to quit football.

Ronaldo?s move to the Bernabeu brought out the best and the worst in the petty, peculiar world of the Spanish sporting press. A world where the Madridsta half portrayed the move as the arrival of a messianic figure who would launch a new ?golden age of Spanish football?, while over in the Catalan capital, Madrid had apparently brought shame upon themselves and La Liga by wasting vulgar amounts of cash during an economic crisis on a dilettante footballer with a ?pimpish prowess? and a fondness for nightclubs and ?brainless bimbos?. Not discouraged by? his critics, he bravely soldiered on and is currently regarded as the one of the two best players of his generation. Ronaldo and goals are bedfellows. At Real Madrid, he has broken numerous goal scoring records, previously settled and held by classic players such as Alfredo Stefano, Hugo Sanchez and Manuel Alday. However, regardless of this goal polemic, he has amassed numerous individual and collective honours in his career.

Ronaldo unveiled to Bernabeu crowd after transfer from Manchester United
Ronaldo unveiled to Bernabeu crowd after transfer from Manchester United

Widely regarded as one of the best two players on earth within his generation, Ronaldo plays an attacking role, oftentimes as a striker or as a winger and is known for his dribbling, pace, positioning, good vision and an accurate penalty and free-kick specialist. He also possesses very good reactions, balance and agility.

From a skinny youth to an athletically built adult, he remains an acme of masculine elegance earning him many sponsorship dollars. With an estimated wealth of ?148 million, the twenty-nine year old philanthropist is tasked to lead Portugal to glory in Brazil this summer. Tagged as perennial under-achievers in football, a lot is expected from the ?goal machine?, who made his international debut for Portugal in a 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan in August 2003. Portugal?s qualification to the world cup could be ascribed to the brilliance of Ronaldo. He scored 8 goals in the qualifiers, including all 4 of the team?s goals in the two legged play-off against Sweden which ensured that Portugal?s place at the finals, is currently Portugal?s all-time leading goal scorer, and doubles as the skipper of the team.

Ronaldo carries Portugal past Sweden to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Ronaldo carries Portugal past Sweden to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

In an interview with Kicker magazine, Ronaldo stated that, ?I will only be fully be content with my career when I have lifted a trophy with Portugal?, setting the stage for a gruesome campaign against their opponents.

Portugal will go into this competition as underdogs, but with Ronaldo?s scintillating run of form, the underdog tag on Portugal could see them thrive in the face of adversity and probably win the coveted trophy that has eluded the country for decades.

Will Ronaldo emerge nonpareil? Will he outmaneuver Messi? Has he what it takes to change the fortunes of Portugal?s title drought? Time will surely tell.

Source:?GhanaFans.com

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