Cristiano Ronaldo’s star shone brightly during the 2006 to 2007 football season as he made a name for himself as an up-and-coming player, and the awards piled up. As the cherry on top, Cristiano was the first-ever football player to bag all of the main Professional Football Player and Football Writer’s Association awards in one go.
These titles included the Player’s Player, Fans’ Player, and Young Player of the Year awards.
As the list of positives about Cristiano Ronaldo grows, to top off being dashingly good-looking and obscenely wealthy, he is also well-known for being incredibly in touch with his feelings. So in touch with his feelings that his family and teammates have given him the nickname “Cry baby”!
Not one to shy away from his emotions, Cristiano is known to cry openly at any defeat. The “Cry baby” has a downside, too – apparently, Cristiano has a history of temper tantrums!
The David Diss
We are not sure if this falls into the category of friendly fire, critical football analysis, or downright snark. Still, David Beckham was quoted as stating that the football world must be “hallucinating” to draw any comparisons between the prowess and technical skills of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Beckham further exclaimed that Lionel Messi is “the best player in the world.” Ouch, David. We hope this stays professional!
Aye, aye, Captain! Cristiano Ronaldo took the helm of his team, Manchester United, as captain on the 19th of March 2008. In true Cristiano fashion, he ensured that this momentous occasion would go down in history in more ways than one.
Cristiano blazed across the field, scoring two goals that ultimately took the match for Manchester United that day. Cristiano beat the record previously held by George Best by scoring his 33rd goal during the match just to add icing to the cake.
Keeping It Real Madrid
After captaining Manchester United and leading a bountiful season, Cristiano quit while he was ahead and decided to pursue opportunities with other clubs, intending to join the ranks of Real Madrid specifically. Manchester United was, expectedly, not going to let their star player go without a fight and decided to lay a complaint with FIFA against Real Madrid with accusations of poaching.
FIFA head, Sepp Blatter, snapped back and said any player should be permitted to change clubs at will.