Cristiano Ronaldo, the name in the modern day football, everyone knows of. 32 years old Portuguese striker hardly has anything left to achieve in football as an individual.
Former Machester United striker has everything to prove he has been best of his era, 4 Baloon d’Ors, 4 European Golden Boots, and more than 500 strikes finding the back of the net. He has a lot of football left in him, and he is still striving to be the best.
March 25, 2017, write it in the history books, Ronaldo claimed his 70th International goal for Portugal in 137 appearances with a brilliant brace over Hungary in the World Cup 2018 Qualifier- Europe. He has done enough to be claimed as the best ever his country has produced, and he is undoubtedly one of the best ever European footballer.
Johan Cruyff, George Best, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Ferenć Puskás..? No! Now, we have Cristiano Ronaldo. I have never seen them play, but I am sure he is up to their level and much more. Who has the most Baloon d’Ors in European football?-Cristiano Ronaldo. Who has the most European goals of all time?- Cristiano Ronaldo (96). He has won everything more than all previous European footballer, and he’s still got four or five years with him, and he has enough time to extend his personal record to the highest level.
Cristiano already beat the record of Gerd Muller’s record of 68 goals and has three more people to beat before being the European top International goal scorer. With this form continuing, it will not take a long time, when you’ll see Cristiano with the most International Goals in Europe.
Cristiano has not only scored the number of goals, but he has mastered it in a prolific way. He can score tap-ins from 6 yards, he can score a header, he can score a screamer from 30 or 40 yards out, he can score free kicks, he can score a goal dribbling past defenders, he can score with both foots, he has been a complete goal-scorer as he developed through his career. Getting into the 70 goals club in the Europe is another milestone in his outstanding career.
What keeps people still doubting the talent of this maestro? Is it the lack of international trophy? If so he last year won the Euro cup with one of the least expected winner Portugal. World Cup is not something you win with your individual effort. It is every football player’s dream to win the World Cup, and yes somewhere in his heart he might fill bad about it. But, you can’t judge him with that.
You can see the passion of football in him, the way he is always hungry for goals, the way he works hard every day on the training ground to be the best. Such player comes once in a generation. Absolutely, the debate of best player in the world Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will never be over, but both are absolutely unlucky to have born in the same era. But, we, football fans, should feel lucky that we are born in the generation of two geniuses of football. At least for now, it can be said, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the Europe.
I hope he never retires, I hope Messi never retires.