Amidst a career littered with impressive landmarks, Christiano Ronaldo scaled another when he made his 1000th professional appearance in Juventus’ Serie A match at SPAL on Saturday. Multiple honours and numerous records have been collected along the way by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who made his senior debut for Sporting CP back in August 2002. He has since proved indispensable during his spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus, while the 35-year-old is also a talismanic presence in Portugal’s colours.
The 5 time Ballon d’Or winner made the majority of his appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga, where he enjoyed near-unparalleled success with Los Blancos over a 438-game, nine-season stint at Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo began his career at Sporting CP in his home country, claiming the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, but it was with his move to Manchester United in 2003 that he became a household name. At Old Trafford, he emerged as one of the game’s greatest talents, helping Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to three Premier League titles and their second Champions League triumph in 2008 across 292 appearances.
Still, exploits during that season earned him his first Ballon d’Or, though he was unable to help them to consecutive European crowns in what would be his final season in England the following year. His subsequent transfer to Madrid heralded the start of a golden era for the player, with his then-world-record price tag more than justified in the Spanish capital. During just less than a decade, he became the club’s highest-ever scorer, helping them to 15 major honours during his time with the club, including three consecutive Champions League triumphs under Zinedine Zidane during his final years in Spain. His success has continued since his move to Italy, having helped Juventus to the Serie A title in his maiden campaign. His presence in La Liga, alongside Barcelona, Lionel Messi, helped establish their world-renowned rivalry as the two pre-eminent players of their generation. At the international level, Ronaldo’s 164 appearances for Portugal has seen him net 99 goals, captaining his country to victory in the 2016 European Championships.
Furthermore, Ronaldo took his time after the weekend match and dedicated an Instagram post to his 1000th match. Which Says “I am So proud to reach 1000 official games in my career with a very important victory that pus on the top of the table again! “Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, my family and friends and to my fans that helped me to reach this great achievement“.