Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatest achievements
Written by Julie Ortiz on November 8, 2020
He is the only player to win league titles in England, Spain and Italy.
His move to Juventus on July 10 2018 shook up the football landscape. This gave him the opportunity to cement his legacy in yet another league after conquering the Premier League in England and La Liga in Spain. In his first season Ronaldo scored 21 league goals and 28 goals across all competitions for Juventus. He won the Most Valuable Player of the Serie A and more importantly he won the league title. This made him the first player to win league titles in England, Spain and Italy.
He led Portugal to their first international championship.
In 2016 Ronaldo led Portugal to the European Championship. In this run he scored three times and he assisted on 3 other goals. He is the shared top goalscorer in the tournament with Michel Platini, they both scored 9 goals in total. Even though Ronaldo got injured in the final they still managed to beat France 1-0.
He maybe didn’t finish the job but Portugal wouldn’t even have been in the finals if it weren’t for him.
He won 5 Ballons D’Or awards.
His 5 Ballons D’Ors are the most won by a European Player and second most ever. The only man who won more was Lionel Messi who has six. Ronaldo has won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
He won a Ballon D’Or with the biggest margin ever.
In 2016 no one expected Ronaldo not to win the Ballon D’Or. He led Real Madrid to another Champions League and he led Portugal to the European Championship. But no one expected Cristiano Ronaldo to beat Lionel Messi by 429 points. This is the biggest margin ever and this probably won’t change anytime soon.
He scored 25+ league goals in one season in Italy, Spain and England.
This most recent accolade is another one that will not be beaten by anyone soon. He proved himself in 3 of the toughest leagues in Europe and he has no signs of slowing down. Recent reports indicate that Lionel Messi is thinking about leaving Barcelona so if he leaves for the Premier League or Serie A the comparisons will be more than ever.
He is the all-time Champions League topscorer.
Right now Ronaldo has 128 goals in 168 Champion League matches, he has scored 14 more than Messi who has scored 114 goals in 141 matches. Once again these two are for above the rest because the player with the third most goals is Raul with 71. It will be a race to the finish between Ronaldo and Messi but we don’t see anyone beating this record soon as you already need a good team so you can play enough matches to be able to score and even if you have as many matches this will still be incredibly difficult to match.
He scored 17 goals in one Champions League tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to score more than 15 goals in one Champions League tournament and he did it 3 times already! His most memorable campaign was in 2013-2014 when he scored 17 goals.
Ronaldo also won 5 Champions League trophies and scored 4 times in the finals already.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a player we have to enjoy while we can. With his incredible talent and work ethic we may not see anyone like him again!