Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he thought he would be a fisherman growing up in his hometown of Madeira in Portugal. According to the Portuguese international, he never saw himself becoming one of the greatest footballers ever.
Ronaldo, who was born on February 5, 1985, celebrated his 35th birthday on Wednesday with his family and friends. The forward has accomplished a lot in football at age 35. From winning the Premier League to lifting the La Liga, Ronaldo has dominated the world of sport for more than a decade.
He has also won the Ballon d’Or five times, lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy five times, and was the first player to have won the European Golden Shoe in 2 different leagues. The Portuguese is one of the most decorated players of all time and has become a global icon. He was the first celebrity to have 200 million followers on Instagram last week. He, however, took out time to reflect on life and his career.
Speaking to French television Canal 11 on Wednesday, Ronaldo said if not for his love for football, he would still be spending his day-to-day life on the coast of Madeira. He said as a kid, he never he also wanted to be a professional football but he never thought of winning everything he has achieved.
Ronaldo said: “I thought I was going to be a fisherman in Madeira.
“This never came into my mind. I wanted to be a professional football but I didn’t think I was going to win everything I’ve won.”
The 35-year-old forward is approaching the end of his career and has expressed his desire to win a sixth Champions League title.
He said: “To play at Juventus gives me the chance to win it again. “We know it’s difficult, it depends on many factors, but it’s possible because we have a good team.
“We must take one step at a time going forward.”
The forward became Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer with 450 goals and also led Portugal to international glory at Euro 2016 before they won the inaugural UEFA Nations League last summer.
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List of the titles/trophies that Cristiano Ronaldo has won.
3x PL Titles
2x La Liga Titles
1x Serie A Title
5x Uefa Champions League Titles
4x FIFA Club World Cups
1x Uefa Euro
1x Uefa Nations League
5x Ballon d’Ors
4x Golden Shoes