On February 5, 1982, in Funchal’s Hospital Dr. Nelio Mendonca, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born.
Today, after 32 years, he is the greatest Portuguese player of all time; a quadruple Ballon d’Or, triple Champions League, triple Premier League, and one-time LaLiga winner, along with countless other titles and trophies collected along the way.
Joining Real Madrid in 2009, the forward has been on an incredible rise up the club’s scoring charts, eventually surpassing Raul and now targeting a massive 500 strikes for the Spanish giants, a figure achievable given his tally of 385 so far.
Amongst all this, Ronaldo has taken care of his body well. Always there for Los Blancos, it was the winger who stepped up to score the winning penalty in the 2016 Champions League final, soon after lifting the maiden European Championship crown for his country.
That night in Paris was a symbolic one for the now 32-year-old, wiping clean the slate that was mired by his defeat in the Euro 2004 final back in Lisbon, pushing him on for greater deeds and battles in the years to come.