Two of the world’s most famous football players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane come from Portugal. They are both so talented that they became household names around the globe. In fact, it seemed like Ronaldo was on a year-long vacation when he first came to AC Milan as a teenager. Despite his status, he was unable to crack the starting line up at first and was a main role player until finally moving to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in the late 80’s.
After moving to Madrid, Ronaldo moved to another European city, Manchester. During this time, he formed a partnership with former Spain international, David Beckham. Ronaldo played a huge part in turning Beckham into an all-time great, while also helping him get his first ever England call up. After David Beckham moved to LA Galaxy, there was a strong belief that Ronaldo would be reunited with his old teammate at any cost. This never came to pass.
After a few years in Spain, Ronaldo returned to Portugal where he spent two decades with Sporting Lisbon. Despite his age, he was one of the main players of the club. He assisted his compatriot, Diego Maradona, in becoming the greatest ever to play for the Portuguese national team. It was amazing how much respect Diego had from his teammates and staff and how well he grew into the game.
After two successful years in Portugal, Ronaldo decided that it was now time to move abroad. He joined Barcelona alongside three other great players; Brazilian giants, Pele and Ronaldo, and Argentine legend, Diego Maradona. Sadly, this move did not last long. In the final game of the season, against Real Madrid, Ronaldo injured his ankle. The injury resulted in a long-lasting impression to the Spanish football fans. The world has seen the big Welsh forward lost his match to an inexperienced Madrid defence, with his ankle being ruled out for the rest of the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo left Spain for PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands shortly after this infamous game. He did not only leave Spain, but he made good on his promise to sign for PSV. Two games later, he scored in a 1-1 draw away to arch enemy Barcelona.
A few short months later, the big striker made his return to the country he called home for many years. PSV Eindhoven was struggling in the league and Ronaldo almost brought the club to its first ever title. Despite winning the title, Ronaldo’s relationship with his manager, Philips Couwen, was sour. Two players, Maarten van Sloten and Edwin Van der Vaart, were given the chance to prove themselves and show what they are capable of. These two players impressed the coach and manager enough to be given a chance to play for the senior team.
For those who are not so convinced that Ronaldo was as good as he was during his first couple of years in Portugal, then you may want to take a look at what these two players did during the league championship. Ronaldo scored twice and provided assists for the other team. Neither of these players was playing in his favoured position, which may have held down his selection process. This shows the growing importance of quality footballers to their teams. It is what separates the best from the rest.
During his time with PSV, Cristiano Ronaldo rediscovered what he was famous for, scoring goals. This has allowed him to move into the top echelon of world players. When he moves on to other top leagues, one has to expect great things from this forward.