Cristiano Ronaldo: The legend behind the 1000 games
23 March 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 1000th competitive game in February 2020 when he starred for Juventus against SPAL.
He has consistently been one of the world’s best since he made his debut for Sporting Lisbon in 2002 at just 18 years of age.
Cristiano made 31 appearances for the club before securing a move to England and Manchester United.
Ronaldo adopted the club’s famous number seven shirt for his 292 competitive matches at the club, scoring 118 goals and winning the first of his five Ballon d’Or awards after scoring 42 goals in his 49 games in 2008.
Ronaldo’s form at Old Trafford saw Real Madrid sign him for what was a world-record fee of over £8million where he scored on his debut against Deportivo La Coruna.
His time in Madrid carried on as it started with goals flowing as he became the club’s record scorer, notching 450 goals in 438 games for the Spanish giants.
The Portuguese star’s goals helped Real to 16 trophies during his spell at the club including four Champions League titles, the first was won in his home country against Atletico in Lisbon.
Ronaldo developed a reputation for scoring big goals on big occasions including a stunner in his final season at Madrid against Juventus in the Champions League semi-final.
After nine years in Madrid, Cristiano moved on to Juventus for a reported €100 million where he won the Serie A title in his first season, becoming the first player to win the league in England, Spain and Italy, while breaking numerous other records in the process.
He reached 50 goals for the Italian champions halfway through his second season at the club and looks set to continue breaking records in Italy.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also the most capped Portuguese player with an incredible 164 appearances for his nation including the final of Euro 2016 where Portugal beat France 1-0.
He’s also the record scorer for his nation having scored 99 goals, with nine hat-tricks including his most recent against Lithuania last year.
Cristiano will go down as one of the all-time greats of the game, but even as he passes 1000 competitive games it seems there is no slowing down for the Portuguese forward.