The King of Madrid, the best player in the world, and the living legend, Cristiano Ronaldo, turns 32 today. Playing as a forward for Real Madrid CF and the Portuguese National Team, Ronaldo has scored over 500 goals in a career which is remarkable in every aspect.
Born and raised in a working class neighbourhood on the Portuguese island of Madeira, the young phenomenon qualified from Sporting Lisbon's academy and became a first team regular at just 17 years of age.
He was soon spotted by the great Alex Ferguson, who recognized his talent and brought him to Manchester United immediately. He has always rated him as a creative wizard and the best player he has ever coached, which is high-praise from someone who has commanded the best players the football world has ever seen.
Between 2003 and 2009, Ronaldo scored 118 goals for Manchester United and managed to win each and every individual and team trophy, including the Ballon d'Or and Champions League. Already recognized as the best player in the world at age 24, Ronaldo moved on to Real Madrid for a fee of £80 million, which was the highest paid transfer amount for any player at the time.
Since his move from United, he has maintained his desire and hunger to be the best player in the world and took Real Madrid forward from turbulent times and helped them become the best team in the world. He has managed to score 50+ goals in each season he has played for the club, except for his worst season, and has won the Ballon d'Or three times while playing for Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to have scored 50+ goals on six occasions, and to be inducted in the FIFA FIFPro World XI a record ten times. His accolades include almost every individual award he has ever competed for. Despite being 32, he is still among the most fit and the best performing players in the world.