By: Bowen Wang
A famous soccer player walks out onto the pitch for his 200th game. Who is it? Cristiano Ronaldo. He is playing for Portugal. He is the first male soccer player to ever be able to play 200 international games, and is also the first to play that many games for Portugal. Just before his 200th game against Iceland, he was given a Guinness World Record Certificate. During the game, he even scored the winning goal for Portugal as they beat Iceland, 1-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballon d'Or awards, an annual football award presented by French news magazine, France Football (Soccer), started in 1956. He has also been awarded four European Golden Shoes, the most by a European player. He has won 32 trophies in his career, including seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League. He has started many trends like the “Suiii” which was his victory during his games.
Cristiano Ronaldo has played for some of Europe’s best football clubs, such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, and many other great teams. He has also won the Champions League competition five times - the first player to do so. Further, he’s the only player to score more than ten goals in the competition with three different teams. In fact, he’s the competition’s leading goal scorer. He used his skills to help power him forward to his final boundary line. Being the first player to play 200 games, therefore, just added another title to his long list.
When playing for the Manchester United, he set the record for most goals in a season with 31 goals! His 37 goals in one season when playing for Juventus made him their joint-top scorer for a single season. He’s also the all-time top scorer for Real Madrid with 450 goals! He currently plays for Al-Nassr - a team in Saudi Arabia - and his £177m a year contract for the team is thought to make him the best-paid player in the world. He’s now scored 123 times for Portugal -- another men’s world record. That’s not all! He’s the only player to score a goal in five different World Cups and he was the first man to score 10 international hat-tricks. He’s also the highest-scoring player of all time with a tally of over 840 goals! That is a lot of records that he’s broken!
All in all, Ronaldo has won 32 senior trophies in his career, one title from youth, at least five titles from friendly competitions, and over 300 trophies and medals by January 2021, with some of them going all the way back until his childhood. Cristiano Ronaldo is a very great player and has broken another record again!