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Why Ronaldo Still Remain One Of The Best Player In The World

Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009. He has scored 551 club goals, won four Champions Leagues, four Ballons d’Or, four league titles and multiple golden boots.

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The 36-year old player, Ronaldo’s goal figures have dipped somewhat since he hit over 40 La Liga goals for Real Madrid in three out of five seasons. In 2014-15 he hit 61 goals in 54 games in all competitions.

His time at Juventus, he managed an impressive 101 goals in 134 games in all competitions.

By contrast a younger Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances in six seasons at United.

His 29 Serie A goals last season were enough for an Italian golden boot to add to his Premier League (2008) and La Liga ones (2011, 2014, 2015).

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In fact since Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018, only Robert Lewandowski (99) and Lionel Messi (91) have scored more goals in Europe’s top five leagues than his 81.

His Champions League scoring did tail off at Juventus though. He had hit double figures in each of his last seven seasons at Real, but only managed six, four and four in three years at Juve.

Ronaldo is the joint second most decorated European Cup/Champions League player ever with five wins, four at Real Madrid after one at Manchester United.

He has also won the Ballon d’Or, for the best player in the world, four more times since he first won it at United.

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In the 11 years since leaving United, he has ‘only’ managed four league titles (two in Spain and two in Italy), and if his failure to win a Champions League with Juventus means his time there will be seen as a let-down, there has been no notable dip in the amount of trophies he has won at club level during his career.

In six years at Manchester United he averaged more than a trophy a season,seven major ones in six years (including three Premier League titles in a row) and three minor ones.

In nine years at Real Madrid, it was eight major competitions and eight minor ones.

And he won three major trophies and two smaller ones in three years at Juventus although their nine-year reign as champions was ended last season by Inter Milan.

Ronaldo has been able to win several titles such as:
– A five- time ballon d’Or winner, claiming the coveted prize in 2008 (with Man Utd) and 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 (all with Real Madrid.
– A Champions League winner in 2008 (with Man Utd), and 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 (all with Real Madrid).
– Won seven league titles in three major leagues in 2007, 2008, 2009 (all with Man Utd), 2012 and 2017 (with Real Madrid) and 2019, 2020 (with Juventus).

– A European Championship winner with Portugal in 2016.

– Winner of 32 trophies for club and country with Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Portugal.
– All-time Champions League leading scorer with 134 goals in 176 debuts.

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Ronaldo said goodbye to Juventus, who paid £99.2m for the player in July 2018, in an Instagram post.

“Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe,” he wrote.

“I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.”

Written by Ishaq Mustafa

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