Football is a sport that has always divided opinion, but one aspect of the game that may never reach finality is the debate over who the greatest footballer of all time is.
Depending on which era one was born, many football fans are likely to have variant answers when asked to make their pick. Four decades ago, many would have picked Brazil legend Pele; three decades ago, it would have been Argentine maestro Diego Maradona.
Meanwhile, most millennials would readily go for either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. In truth, all the aforementioned players are/were great in their own ways.
But there is more than one reason why Cristiano Ronaldo stands out when it comes to the greatest players of all time.
The Portuguese has similar achievements to his other competitors, if not even less, but he has shown over the last decade that his place is at the pinnacle of world football.
Here are three concrete reasons why Ronaldo is easily the greatest footballer of all time:
#3 He has dominated in three different European leagues
You can mention Pele, Maradona or Messi as rivals to Ronaldo, but one thing that separates him from them is his domineering persona. The Portuguese has already conquered two of Europe’s major leagues and he is on the verge on conquering a third.
At 33, Ronaldo has an enviable achievement that many can only dream of, including Messi, Maradona and Pele. Having won numerous trophies, including the Premier League and UEFA Champions League with Manchester United, the Portuguese repeated the feat with Real Madrid.
In fact, he even went a step further by helping Los Blancos to an unprecedented three successive European crowns. This is something neither of his contenders have managed in their careers.
Ronaldo has dominated the Premier League and LaLiga and currently, he is dominating the Serie A too with Juventus, where he is the top-scorer with 14 goals. Surely, only the greatest player of all time can boast of such a feat.