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Cristiano Ronaldo's Argument for the Greatest of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most prolific players in history. Does he have the résumé that is worthy of being called the greatest player of all time?
Ronaldo has been one of the best players in the world for the majority of the past two decades. At 35 years of age, he is still playing at an elite level. In every team and league that he has played in, he has left an indelible mark on every single one.
He started playing professionally for Sporting CP in Portugal where he was seen as a bright prospect. He was recruited by Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. He then became one of the best players in his six years there, winning multiple Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy.
In 2009, he decided to transfer to one of the most well-known teams in the world when he signed for Real Madrid in 2009. He would go on to create a lasting legacy at Madrid, managing to win multiple titles in both La Liga and the Champions League.
In 2018, he decided to embark on another journey when he ended his near-decade-long stint with Madrid as he signed for Italy’s Juventus. He has not lost his scoring prowess, managing to still be the best player in his team even if he is getting older by the day.
Alongside his club career, he is also one of the most productive players in the international scene. Representing Portugal, he has been a prolific player for the squad and he has represented the country for more than 160 matches overall.
When talking about his résumé, he definitely has one worthy of being called the greatest player of all time. He has been involved in one of the fiercest debates in the history of the sport on who is better between him and Lionel Messi.
This rivalry was already a heated one even when Ronaldo was with United but when he joined Madrid, it reached a fever pitch. They are almost equal in their achievements and they are equally talented. Now that they are in different leagues, the debate has died down a little. But there is still a large portion of the fanbase that still argues to this day.
Ronaldo himself believes that he is the best player of all time. He has a valid point because his longevity is one of the best qualities that he has. He has led multiple clubs to titles which are a testament to his skill. People always bring up his immense skill but the fact that he is still doing this at 35 years of age is insane to think about.
Wherever you sit in the debate, it is undeniable that Ronaldo has a legitimate claim to the best player ever distinction.
Words: Cholo Martin