Baptised in Brilliance, The Legend of CR7 Scales a New Peak
Last night, a few thousand supporters at the Estádio Algarve witnessed a miracle, possibly the greatest thing to ever happen to the beautiful country of Portugal.
The enigma called Cristiano Ronaldo, the G.O.A.T of world football surpassed Iran’s Ali Daei to become the highest goal scorer in the international game with his 110th strike against the Republic of Ireland
You read that right 110 goals, a figure which most international footballers don’t reach in appearances let alone goals.
Well, if this wasn’t reason enough to cheer, in a matter of moments as the clock struck the last minute of injury time, CR7 netted in a second to reach 111 and hand Portugal a well deserved 2-1 victory in this European Qualifier for Qatar 2022.
Surely, the Portuguese captain is like the best wine going around, getting better and hotter albeit in looks and performance with each passing year.
At 36, he gives a run for their money to every young footballer with his sheer brilliance in dribbling, mounting those magnificent runs and to top it all, putting the ball in the back of the opposition net with much ease.
World’s Envy, Portugal’s Pride.
A five-time Ballon d’Or award winner and four-time European Golden Shoes conqueror, the most for any European player, this enigma par excellence was instrumental for Portugal winning the 2016 Euros in France.
While he sustained an injury in the 25th minute of the historic Euro 2016 final against hosts France, his sheer determination to get Portugal to the finals and his team winning the tournament to honour this bastion of the game was worthy of every praise.
Well if this wasn’t reason enough to celebrate this icon, one need not look further than the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which too was conquered by Portugal beating Netherlands in the final under his captaincy.
Add to this, his thirty title victories in Club Football including five Champions League hurrahs, does it get better for any footballer. Ever?
For me the greatest strength that this legend exuberates is despite being a number 7 in football which essentially is a winger and second striker role, he can put most number 9s, the main strikers to shame with his sheer ability to mount goal after goal.
The number 7 jersey in football received cult status when this man of God like ability put a new sheen on it, after legends of the past in Robert Pires, Luis Figo and Sir Kenny Dalglish had done their bit to honour this jersey.
Throughout his historic 18-year international career he has been the king pin of Portuguese football around whom multiple stars have revolved.
To be relevant for 18 long years is testament to the fitness of this man who till date can put models with the best chiseled physiques to shame.
Well, The Rock of Gibraltar in footballing terms would seem tiny in front of the Rock of Portugal.
A boon for Manchester United
Life comes a full circle, doesn’t it?
It was at Manchester United that Cristiano Ronaldo first wore the number 7 jersey under possibly the greatest manager that club football has ever seen in Sir Alex Ferguson.
Wearing the number 7 jersey became an extra source of motivation for Ronaldo to honour legends like David Beckham, George Best and Eric Cantona who had previously donned this number for the Red Devils.
And now the great man is back, having signed a new contract at Old Trafford and will again don the number 7 for Manchester United. Certainly, a boon if you’re a United supporter and more misery for fans like me who worship their fiercest rival, Liverpool.
The Premier League will surely be ready to get Ronaldoed again as goals will flow like wine from this legend.
And why not, to make the impossible possible is to be Cristiano Ronaldo!
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