From the street of Madeira to playing for Real Madrid, one of the biggest football clubs in the world. The story of football icon, Cristiano Ronaldo is incredible and marred with success.
Often hailed as one of the greatest football players of all time, he has had a remarkable career filled with numerous accolades and breathtaking performances.
And in this article, we will have a look at Cristiano Ronaldo’s best six seasons, where he showcased his exceptional skills, astonishing goal-scoring prowess, and unrivaled determination.
1. Season 2013-2014:
Team – Real Madrid
Notable Achievement – Ballon d’Or Hat-Trick, Winning the UEFA Champions League, 2014 World Cup Heroics
Having won the Ballon d’Or the previous season, since winning last at Manchester United during the 2007-2008 season, Cristiano Ronaldo decided it was time for his Balon d’Or hat trick.
He had previously lost the prestigious award to La Liga star, and popular rival, Lionel Messi over four several seasons, who just kept on winning the award consecutively.
The 2013-2014 league season was the beginning of something remarkable for Real Madrid and for Cristiano Ronaldo, as the club won the UEFA Champions League once more, after a long wait, and for Ronaldo, the second UEFA Champions League win in his career, the first since the 2008-2009 win at Manchester United.
He also had great exploits during the 2014 World Cup, which was held in Brazil, scoring several goals for his country.
That season, Ronaldo ended up with 50+ goals and several assists.
2. Season 2007-2008:
Team – Manchester United
Notable Achievement – Premier League Dominance, UEFA Champions League Triumph, First Ballon d’Or Win
Having moved on from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be lacking an end product and was getting criticized by fans. However, the 2007-2008 season proved to be the turning point in his career, and when most people began to notice how good a player he could be.
Starting the season on a bright note, young Cristiano Ronaldo ended the season with over 26+ goals and 12+ goals in 50+ games.
The figures were beginning to prove how lethal he could be.
That season, the player scored in his first UEFA Champions League final, and although Manchester United ended up winning the trophy, he was the Manchester United player that failed to find the net, as the game had to be decided on penalties, after a Frank Lampard equalizer in normal time. He had also won the Premier League, FA Cup, and the EFL Cup that same season.
3. Season 2016 – 2017
Team – Real Madrid (and Portugal)
Notable Achievement – Ballon d’Or Win, Euros, La Liga Win, UEFA Champions League
Portugal’s win in the 2016 European Championships, the Euros over France was their first-ever win in the competition and the first international competition the country had ever won.
And Cristiano Ronaldo was a key player in the campaign. Although he failed to complete the game, due to injury, he was eventually subbed out. The player decided to stay on the touchline and motivate his teammates who were on the pitch and coached them too.
This was just after he had an incredible campaign at Real Madrid, winning the UEFA Champions League that season.
At the end of the 2016 – 2017 season, the player had won an incredible number of trophies, including the UEFA Champions League, winning it twice in a row at Real Madrid for the first time in his career, the La Liga title, and the Euros, scoring over 50+ goals and providing 12+ assists.
4. Season 2009-2010:
Team – Real Madrid
The beginning of something remarkable, the 2009-10 league season was when Cristiano decided to call it an end to his first Manchester United stint, as he was finally signed by Spanish giant, Real Madrid after flirting with the club for several months.
This is one of his best seasons because it marks the beginning of something remarkable. And it was at Real Madrid that he made his legendary status clear for everyone to see.
At Madrid, he had won four UEFA Champions League, four Ballon d’Ors, and several La Liga titles, and ended up being the club’s highest goalscorer with over 450+ goals, despite playing in Spain for just six seasons.
5. Season 2015-2016:
Team – Real Madrid
Achievements – Ballon d’Or, The UEFA Champions League
The beginning of Real Madrid’s famous UEFA Champions League title hat trick, 2015-2016 was very different for Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, a typical CR7, and like every other league season, he just kept on scoring goals. Having failed to win the La Liga title, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid gave it all in the UEFA Champions League.
And in the competition’s final against the Italian side, Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a perfect overhead kick. A goal that saw him applauded by even the Juventus fans themselves, and which would probably make him consider a move to Italy some seasons after.
Of course, like most of the other seasons when Real Madrid won the Champions League or the La Liga title, Cristiano won the Ballon d’Or, the fourth of his career.
6. Season 2017-2018:
Team – Real Madrid
Achievements – UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, World Cup Heroics
Despite finishing the season in an unprecedented third in La Liga with Real Madrid, the player still won three out of four trophies with the club.
In his last season at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ended the season as Real Madrid’s highest goal scorer with 26 goals in the league and 49+ goals in total for Real Madrid and Portugal.
And although he ended up missing out on the Ballon d’Or to Real Madrid teammate, Luca Modric, Cristiano still had a season to smile at, as he had won the UEFA Champions League thrice in a row, had a great 2018 FIFA World Cup, and came second in the Ballon d’Or.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s career has been nothing short of extraordinary, and these six seasons stand out as the pinnacle of his achievements.
From his early success at Manchester United to his dominance in Spain with Real Madrid and his later triumphs with Juventus, Ronaldo has consistently demonstrated his relentless pursuit of excellence and serves as a lesson for what true hard work means.
Here, as we reflect on these remarkable seasons, we can truly appreciate the indelible mark Ronaldo has left on the footballing world and his status as one of the competition’s all-time greats.
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