Ronaldo made his debut for Brazil at the age of 17. At the age of 17, I played and scored five goals. If you believe scoring five goals as a 17-year-old in the Brazilian league is simple, you should check into a hospital and quit calling yourself a "football fan." Cruzerio scored 44 goals in 47 games. PSV signed him and he scored 54 goals in 58 games. He also won the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United.
When he was 19, Ronaldo moved to Italian club A.C. Milan for $15 million ($47.5 million in today's dollars). In Italy, he continued to score lots of goals, including 26 in 31 games during the 1995-96 season. But despite all his success over here, he still has never won a European title.
After two seasons in Milan, Ronaldo moved back to Portugal where he joined Sporting CP. Over eight highly successful seasons with Sporting, he won three Portuguese titles and one Cup. In 2004, he moved to Real Madrid for $80 million ($243.9 million in today's dollars).
At Real Madrid, he won four Spanish titles and an UEFA Club Championship. In 2009, he returned to Serie A and Juventus signed him up for $90 million ($282.4 million in today's dollars).
Now he plays for American soccer team LA Galaxy and has been very successful there, scoring 46 goals in 62 games.
Ronaldo first gained national recognition on November 7, 1993, when he scored five goals in a game against Bahia. Ronaldo led Cruzeiro to their first Copa do Brasil in 1993 and the Minas Gerais State Championship in 1994, scoring 44 goals in 47 games.
Ronaldo celebrates after converting a penalty against New Zealand in Saint Petersburg, Russia, during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time leading goalscorer for the Portugal national football team and the player with the most international goals among presently playing players.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 31 goals in a single Premier League season when he was 23 years old. Fast forward 12 years, and a 35-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, with over 1,000 games under his belt, has scored 30 goals in a single Serie A season. This shows that even at the top of their game, world-class players are capable of scoring amazing amounts of goals.
When you factor in time spent away from football due to injury and personal issues, such as marriage and children, it is no surprise that many great players have come along who lacked size or strength for the game. With or without these advantages, though, there have been many great players who were able to score incredible amounts of goals.
Ronaldo's current club, Real Madrid, is one of the most successful teams in European football and has won five UEFA Champions Leagues in the last 10 years. Before joining Madrid, Ronaldo played for Manchester United from 9 July 2005 until 18 June 2013 where he made 552 appearances and scored 146 goals. During his time at United, he won the UEFA Champions League twice and the FA Cup once.
So, assuming he continues to play at a high level for another 10 years, Ronaldo will have scored 451 goals by the time he turns 39 years old. This is more than enough to take top spot on the all-time scoring charts.
He has 781 senior career goals for club and country, a club and country record. Furthermore, he is one of the rare players with over 1,100 professional career appearances. Ronaldo has won 32 senior titles during his career. He is also one of only three players to have won the European Cup/Champions League with two clubs (Real Madrid and Portugal). The others are Alfredo Di Stéfano (Spain with Real Madrid and Argentina with Barcelona) and Michel Platini (France with Juventus).
Ronaldo has been named player of the year at least four times - by Portuguese sports newspaper Record in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. He was also voted footballer of the year by the readers of Spanish magazine Marca in 2004 and 2005.
Besides his achievements on the field of play, Ronaldo has been praised for his work off the field during his time at Manchester United. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lisbon for his contribution to football.
Yes, there have been other players who have had as successful a career as Ronaldo does today. For example, Franz Beckenbauer is a German football player who played as a midfielder. He is considered one of the best midfielders in the history of football.
Ronaldo had scored over 200 goals for club and country by the age of 23, but he was out for over three years due to a series of knee injuries and recovery. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2002 and won the La Liga title in 2002-03. He played for A.C. Milan and Corinthians before retiring in 2011 due to more injuries. Ronaldo made his international debut for Portugal in 2004 and is considered one of the world's best footballers. He has won several awards including the UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Player Award, Ballon d'Or and IFFHS World's Best Midfielder.
Ronaldo is the youngest player (23 years and 299 days) to score 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League. He is also the second fastest player after Pele to score 20 goals in just 30 matches. Ronaldo has been named FIFA World Player of the Year four times: in 2009, 2010, 2016, and 2017. He is also the only player to have won the European Footballer of the Year award four times in a row (2009-2012).
He has appeared in 203 games and scored 165 goals for Portugal.
Before joining Juventus in 2013, Ronaldo spent two seasons with Spanish club Real Madrid where he won two consecutive La Liga titles. He returned to Italy in 2015 after five seasons with Portuguese club Porto where he won two championships. In 2017, he moved back to Spain after winning another league title with Juventus.