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5 Reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo is the Greatest of All Time

Anirudh Menon
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 10:28 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo is the man. There are very little doubts on the absolute genius, the immense greatness, of the man and so why we shouldn’t we tackle that question. The G.O.A.T. question? 

I’ve already touched upon why our inability to separate nostalgia and objectivity prevents us from seeing Ronaldo as the greatest European footballer of all time, here I attempt to reason out why we could well call the Portuguese superstar the greatest of all time:   

1. Longevity and Sheer Consistency

Few footballers have remained at the very top of the game, at the very top level of the game, for quite so long.

While he was by a country mile the best footballer in England during the last three years of his time at Manchester United, it is his immense consistency during the 7+ years he’s spent with Real Madrid that really highlights this aspect. Here’s his goal tally across those years – 33, 53, 60, 55, 51, 61, 51 and 42 

And he shows no signs of slowing down. He now has 105 goals in the world’s toughest footballing competition. That’s more than Atletico Madrid have managed in their entire European Cup/Champions League history.

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The man’s 32 now and he’s still banging them in for fun. He’s no normal being... he is Superman.

His virtuoso performance against Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League involved a little bit of everything – excellent tracking back, brilliant off the ball movement, and more than anything – his incredible ability to alter the course of matches, and entire tournaments, through the sheer weight of his goal-scoring. He then went one peg better in the semifinal first leg – a hat trick against Atletico Madrid followed by a stunning brace against the nigh-impregnable defence of Juventus in the final. What a man. 

When we look back at Ronaldo’s career the one thing that will really strike is just how good he has been – and for how long he remained that good. 

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Published 18 Apr 2017, 22:04 IST
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