Having previously won the Ballon d'Or, the 23-year-old Portugueseman's incredible 42 goals in 2007-08, together with Manchester United's Premier League, Champions League, and Club World Cup titles, made him the only player to win the accolade. He is also only the second player to score 40 or more goals in a single season, after Gerd Mueller of Germany in 1974.
Ronaldo has already announced his retirement from international football, following Portugal's failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. However, he did play one further game for his club team Madrid against Barcelona on May 20, 2009. He came on as a late substitute in the 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou.
In terms of leagues across the world, he scores most often in Spain's La Liga (116 goals) and Italy's Serie A (55). In France's Ligue 1, he has scored 53 times while in England's Premier League, he has got 51 goals.
When he joined Madrid in 2003, some people wrote him off as a flash in the pan because of his age but he has continued to improve year by year, scoring almost one goal every other game. His record will certainly be remembered for years to come.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, of Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal has been the top scorer in Europe 12 times, including in Spain, the European Championship, and England. His most recent victory as a top scorer came in the 2017/2018 Champions League in Europe. He is one of only three players have won the award more than 10 times, the other being Alfred Dominguez of Argentina and Josef Bican of Czechoslovakia.
Ronaldo's career scoring record is in serious danger of being beaten this season by Jozy Altidore of USA and Kylian Mbappe of France. Both men have scored more than 100 goals during their careers so far.
Before discussing more about Ronaldo's achievements, it is important to know how he has achieved all these records. Ronaldo has done so by scoring many goals throughout his career. He has also won many awards which include the UEFA Club Football Award, the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, the FIFA World Player of The Year Award (2010), and the Ballon d'Or Award.
Besides being a great player, Ronaldo has also been praised for his work-rate and ability to score spectacular goals. So, his record will never be broken because no one else can match his abilities or record of achievements.
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Internationally, he considers Euro 2016 to be his crowning achievement, with Portugal winning the European Championship. Individually, he has received far too many honors to count. He is the all-time leading scorer for both Real Madrid and Portugal. His other achievements include being named captain by his clubs at a very young age, winning several awards including the UEFA Champions League MVP in 2009, and being chosen by his peers as the best player in the world three times (2009, 2011, 2012).
Ronaldo was born on 8 April 1987 in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal. He is a son of Maria das Dores de Carvalho and António José Ramos da Silva, a Portuguese football player and manager. His parents divorced when he was 5 years old. He has two siblings: a sister, Joana, and a brother, Ricardo.
When Ronaldo was just five years old, his father sent him to live with his mother so he could start playing soccer again after a long break. The boy's talent was noticed by Sporting CP, then one of the biggest clubs in Portugal, and he signed up with them at the age of eight. However, because he was only seven years old at the time, his contract was not valid under FIFA rules at the time.
Ronaldo has guided Real Madrid to four Champions League championships in the last five years. He has five FIFA Ballon d'Or awards. A World Cup trophy is the one thing that has eluded him.
He received his fourth Ballon d'Or award on January 10, 2015. The other three winners are Michel Platini (France), Diego Maradona (Argentina), and Andreas Brehme (Germany). Ronaldo has won the UEFA European Footballer of the Year award six times in total. He was voted the best player in the world in the 2001 edition of the FIFPro World Player of the Year award.
Other notable achievements include being named the best soccer player in the world by France and Argentina in 2001 and 2007 respectively, and winning the Golden Boot award at the 2008 Olympics with five goals.
Ronaldo has also been listed as the highest-paid athlete in the world annually since 2010 with an estimated salary of $72 million. He earned this honor for the second year in a row from Forbes magazine.
In December 2009, he became only the third player after Pele and Maradona to score 100 goals in international matches when he found the back of the net against Sweden at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. He currently has 101 goals in 143 appearances for Portugal across all competitions.