Cristiano Ronaldo: The Futility of Shortcut-Taking, Dealing with Criticism, the Competitive Mindset, & ‘Just Play’

Who is the world’ greatest footballer — now, and ever? Well, it seems everyone you ask has a different opinion: you’ll hear Messi, Neymar, Kane, Ronaldo, Zidane, Cantona, Best, Ronaldinho, Maradona, Hazard, Iniesta, Pele, Charlton, and so on, and so on. But whatever the opinion if these people, all of them, deep down they cannot deny the genius of a man we have the pleasure of witnessing on our screens every week: the portuguese superstar and Real Madrid frontman, Cristiano Ronaldo. In my opinion, he is the best today and the best to ever grace the field: the unique combination of talent, insane work ethic, grit, charisma, confidence, professionalism and unmatched consistency, it is hard to argue, puts him ahead of the other most popular name given, Lionel Messi.

After spending several years at Manchester United, under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, where he became a superstar, he moved to Real Madrid in 2009 for what at the time was a world-record fee, £80 million.

At 33 years of age, he doesn’t appear to be slowing down. He has said, in the past, that body permitting, he would play into his forties. Only time will tell.


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