Trying to condense all of Cristiano's football achievements into one small list is a difficult task if you consider that the 35-year-old has won five Champions League crowns and he's still going strong.
Ronaldo has stood the test of time, winning his first UEFA Champions League crown and Ballon d'Or award in 2008 while at Manchester United and continued to break records and defy gravity ever since. It's only a matter of time before he brings up a century of goals for Portugal when his country attempts to defend the European crown that they so proudly won in 2016.
For both club and country, Cristiano has been a colossus. Here are a handful of times when CR7 delivered the goods on the grandest stages with his own brand of showstopping brilliance.
🎯 2009 Puskás Award
in 2008, Ronaldo scored in United's 2008 Champions League final win and crowned a staggering year with his first Ballon d'Or award, but in the following year, it would be THAT goal against Porto that really got us out of our seats. What a strike, and a worthy winner of the Puskas award.
1️⃣0️⃣ La Decima in Lisbon
Real Madrid's obsession with claiming a tenth European crown finally came to fruition in 2014 and it was Cristiano who make the decisive contribution in the final against their city rivals Atlético in Ronaldo's country of birth. He would go on to win three more titles consecutively between 2016 and 2018 with Los Blancos, taking his personal tally to five winner's medals; no player has won more in the history of the competition. Here's a highlights reel of the great man in action.
🏆 Portugal claims continental glory
Arguably the greatest day in Portugal's football history and even from the sidelines, Cristiano was a central figure once more. The captain and talisman was injured early in the final against France and try as he might, CR7 couldn't shrug the problem off and had to be replaced by Ricardo Quaresma on 25 minutes. He infamously shouted from the sidelines, almost acting as a second coach, and then lifted the trophy for his country after they dramatically won the game in extra time.
10 July 2016 will go down in history and Cristiano and his Portugal teammates will live in the record books forever.
🚲 Jaw-dropping bicycle kick against his future club
Not many goals draw a standing ovation from opposition fans but this was no ordinary goal. There are no words.
🎩 Hat-trick against Atlético aged 34
Atlético Madrid players and their manager Diego Simeone will probably be relieved when Cristiano finally hangs up his boots. In the 2019 Champions League round of 16, Ronaldo once again underlined his status as a top-tier performer as his hat-trick overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to dump Atléti out and send Juve into the quarterfinals. Big match temperament is Cristiano's middle name.
Happy 35th birthday to one of the greats of the game, a player who has managed to redefine himself and the sport on a regular basis.