Cristiano Ronaldo, the best football player ever!
Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi – who is better? As of now, Ronaldo seems to have a big edge over his great rival. Not only has he won the Euro 2016 with Portugal, he has won the La Liga this year and two UEFA Champions Leagues in two years with his club Real Madrid.
Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final against Italian league winners Juventus in spectacular fashion, winning 4-1, with a measure of comfort. Two of the goals were scored by Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has so far won 3 Champions Leagues with his club Real Madrid and become the first man to score a goal in as many as 3 UEFA Champions League finals. This man is phenomenal.
Ronaldo is well past 30 now; he is 32 years old while Messi, his rival is 29 years old. But Ronaldo is supremely fit – one of the fittest men in the world, and he is still as fast as he was when was only 22. He is a physical marvel and there is every reason to believe that he is going to play well into his late 30s and possibly, even in his early 40s.
He scored two goals in the Champions League final in Cardiff, UK last Saturday night. They were typical Ronaldo goals, opportunistic, and smartly taken.
The first goal was when Ronaldo went to the near post and steered the ball past the legendary Juventus goalkeeper Buffon. He scored his second goal a few minutes later, heading the ball past Buffon. Buffon, considered to be the greatest goalkeeper of his generation, was helpless against Ronaldo, perhaps the greatest footballer of all time.
His teammates were effusive in their praise. Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has only spent three years in Real Madrid and has won the Champions League three times already, two with Real and once with Bayern Munich. He was full of admiration for Ronaldo.
Kroos said, “I didn expect that it was possible to defend this title, it is so difficult to win it once. To win it three times in four years means a lot. Everybody knows that Cristiano is very important. As a team we played very well in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final but you need a guy to score the goals and he did it again.”
Ronaldo himself said, “This is one of the best moments of my career but it seems I am able to say that every year. People won be able to criticise me because the numbers don lie.”
“I feel like dancing. I consider myself a man of this house [Real Madrid]. This club is really in my heart and we are going to enjoy this. Today is a truly historic day for Real Madrid, for all Madrid fans,” he added.
Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo’s old boss has said that there is no question that Cristiano Ronaldo is not just the best footballer today, but the best footballer of all time. A billion football fans all over the world agree with that!
Author: Raghav Hegde – India