Football legend Cristiano Ronaldo is celebrating his 36th birthday today. The Juventus FC forward is regarded as one of the greatest of all time.
The Portuguese international has continued to script several top-notch records and is going strong. Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro was born in Funchal, Portugal on 5th of February 1985. The superstar of football has had an illustrious career for various teams and is still going as strong as ever.
Representing Portugal, Ronaldo has played a major role in bringing home 2016 UEFA European Championship and 2019 UEFA National League. He began his professional career with Sporting CP before moving to the world renowned club Manchester United in 2003.
He was absolutely unstoppable right from the very season he played for Manchester United. He guided the team to three successive Premier League titles, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup title.
JUVENTUS 3-0 Atletico Madrid | Champions League round of 16 | March 12, 2019
Atletico Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League tie last year, and Diego Simeone’s side certainly knows how to defend a lead.
But Ronaldo unlocked their wall with a showstopping hat-trick, reminding everyone of his ability to single-handedly turn a tie on its head.
He scored two headers to level the tie at 2-2 before completing the comeback from the penalty spot.
Sweden 2-3 PORTUGAL | World Cup qualifying play-offs | November 19, 2013
Portugal needed a play-off to reach the 2014 World Cup finals but thankfully, they had Ronaldo.
He came out on top in his head-to-head battle against Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a stunning hat-trick to secure a 4-2 aggregate win.
It was also the night that Ronaldo became Portugal’s all-time leading goal scorer, his trio helping him reach 50 goals for his country.
REAL MADRID 3-0 Wolfsburg | Champions League quarter-final | April 12, 2016
Real Madrid turned to Ronaldo to save them after they were beaten 2-0 by Wolfsburg in the first leg.
He netted a hat-trick at the Bernabeu – the third a free-kick that you just knew he was going to score from – and Zinedine Zidane’s side would go on to win the first of three straight Champions League titles.