Cristiano Ronaldo did not mince words when proclaiming his greatness in a recent exclusive interview with UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations and second most powerful body in world football.
Here’s what he had to say:
When we look back in 20 or 30 years, how will history remember Cristiano Ronaldo?
“I DON’T DOUBT THAT I WILL GO DOWN IN FOOTBALLING HISTORY. WHETHER PEOPLE LIKE IT OR NOT, THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.”
“I WILL BE UP THERE WITH THE REST. SOME LIKE IT MORE, SOME LIKE IT LESS, BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT I’M ALREADY IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL”
Ronaldo’s got a point. Some people might whine, bitch, and bellyache about him, but his game speaks for itself. He’s an all time great.
Watch his top 10 goals of all time:
Who did you look up to when you were coming through the ranks at Sporting CP?
“TO BE HONEST, I NEVER LOOKED AT ANY PLAYER AND WANTED TO BE LIKE THEM; SOME GREAT PLAYERS WHO HAVE PASSED THROUGH SPORTING BUT I WAS ALWAYS THINKING FURTHER AHEAD.”
“I WAS ALREADY THINKING ABOUT THE NATIONAL TEAM…I SIGNED FOR MANCHESTER UNITED AND AFTER SOME TIME I WAS IN THE NATIONAL TEAM. MY BIG REFERENCE POINTS WERE FERNANDO COUTO, RUI COSTA, AND LUÍS FIGO, BECAUSE THEY WERE THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PORTUGUESE FOOTBALL”
He always had his eyes on the prize; soaking up game from legends like Luís Figo when he was on the come up. Now he’s the guy Portuguese kids look up to.
Check out the legend that is Luís Figo:
As a youngster, what did you think you could go on to achieve?
“I ALWAYS FELT THAT I WAS A SPECIAL PLAYER, EVER SINCE I WAS STARTING OUT AT SPORTING. I FELT THAT SOONER OR LATER I WOULD BE A TOP LEVEL PROFESSIONAL.”
“I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD COME SO FAST, BUT I WAS PREPARING MYSELF BECAUSE, LIKE I SAID, THE TALENT WAS THERE.”
“I’VE ALWAYS WORKED HARD, BELIEVED IN MY POTENTIAL – IN THE ACADEMY AT SPORTING, AT MANCHESTER UNITED AND AT REAL MADRID AS WELL – AND I’VE DEVELOPED MORE AS A PLAYER, AS A PERSON, AS A HUMAN BEING. I’VE ENJOYED MY WORK.”
Belief. Dedication. Hard work. These are the tenets that Ronaldo’s success is built on. Nothing was given to him, everything was earned.
Whether you’re a Ronaldo guy or a Messi man, these are principles that we can all apply to our lives.
Watch Ronaldo being an awesome guy:
When it’s all said and done, how will the footballing world remember Ronaldo?