People triggered over Ronaldo's 'I'm the greatest ever' should read his whole interview to know how his brain is wired. “I’m the best player in history, in the good moments and the bad ones." “I respect everyone’s preferences, but I’ve never seen anyone better than me. I have always thought that. No footballer can do the things I can. There’s no player more complete than me. I play well with both feet, I’m quick, powerful, good with the head, I score goals, I make assists. There are guys who prefer Neymar or Messi. But I tell you: there’s no-one more complete than me." “No-one has won as many individual trophies as me. And I’m not speaking just of the Ballon d’Or. That says something, doesn’t it? It’s not just a result of the work I do in the gym, like some people think. It’s the sum of many things. Legends like Floyd Mayweather and LeBron James don’t get to their perfect level by chance. Many factors coincide. To be at the top and to stay there, you have to have more talent than the others.” “I won the Ballon d’Or before Messi, then he overtook me and won four in a row. I’m not going to hide from you that I was sad and angry. I went to the award ceremonies and I never won. At one point, I was even demotivated. I had no desire to go. To be there for the photo didn’t interest me." “Then, little by little, thanks to those close to me, I told myself that in life there is a beginning and an end. And in football what counts is the finish, not the start. I was patient. And I won four other Ballons d’Or.” You see a narcissistic person, I see a guy who knows what he is and isn't afraid to say it. That takes balls. All the people who call themselves the best are hated, yet they somehow are the best. I see Messi and Ronaldo as equals, but Cristiano believes he's the best, and it works for him. You need that type of mentality to stay on the top.
First player to score 16 CL goals in a calendar yr
First player to score 17 CL goals in a calendar yr
First player to score 18 CL goals in a calendar yr
First player to score 19 CL goals in a calendar yr
First player to score in all 6 CL group stage matches.
“Fatherhood has taught me things about love that I never knew existed. It has softened me up and given me a new perspective on what really matters in life.”
“My son was excited about the photo shoot. He posed quite naturally and I was impressed to see him show off the collection and that he liked it.” (x)
Like father, like son
“[Cristiano] has an unpaired physique. He’s like those cars that make millions of miles without any breakdown. I’ve known Ronaldo for 11 years since he went to Manchester. He had some minor injuries and asked for advice. In addition to having a human side of the best, he is an athlete who fulfils all that is required to keep his physical and psychic form as high as possible, from food, to sleep and physical training. He is studious, from time to time he asks me if there are any new scientific articles he can read, about food and other topics. He’s an example. As a colleague, he is also exceptional. It is remarkable the support that he gives the young players in the national team, to integrate them and to take away any fear or shyness for being there next to a monster.”
José Carlos Noronha, Cristiano’s knee doctor
Just because Cristiano has had a few bad matches doesn't mean people can say he's lost it. Every player has ups & downs in their career.
I believe in @cristiano !! I believe in @realmadrid !!
We'll bounce back !!
HALA MADRID y NADA MAS
Ricardo Quaresma with a touching homage to Cristiano:
“Cris is the living proof that those who work hard and do their best every day overcome everything. On and off the pitch, never losing his humility nor the capability to respond with talent to all criticism.
Nothing happens by chance and Cris is proof of that, how an athlete’s life can change and mark the world forever when talent joins work.
And Cris did all this without ever losing this cheeky smile that always accompanies him.
He is my boy, my lifelong friend, who, just like me, was not born into a cradle of gold, but gave gold to Portugal.”
“Thank you for voting for me. I want to mention Leo (Messi) and Neymar to be here. I want to thank Real Madrid for their support all year. We are in England for the first time, and I win it for the second consecutive time. This is a great moment for me. Thank you to all my fans all over the world. I appreciate that. I’m so happy, thank you very much and have a good night!” - Cristiano Ronaldo after winning The Best FIFA Men’s Player award for second consecutive time (October 23, 2017)