From their time together at Old Trafford, former Manchester United defender Ritchie De Laet has offered an interesting anecdote regarding Cristiano Ronaldo’s competitive mentality.
As an 18-year-old, the Portuguese international joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2003 and quickly established himself as one of the best players in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for Manchester United over six seasons.
He was a key figure in United’s league and European success, winning three Premier League crowns, one Champions League, one FA Cup, and one FIFA Club World Cup, among other accolades.
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Ritchie De Laet shared the dressing room with Cristiano Ronaldo for a few months during this period. In a recent interview with HLN, the Belgian recalled a particular game of table tennis that exemplified the Portuguese passion for win.
“We were playing table tennis with our teammates and I beat him in one match. Then, Cristiano bought his own table tennis table to practice and that didn’t happen again,” said De Laet.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s competitive spirit catapulted him to the height of success at Old Trafford, where he won the Ballon d’Or in 2008.
Ronaldo eventually left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, but he had already become a legend at Manchester United.
The key to Cristiano Ronaldo’s success is his competitive spirit.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s competitive spirit has been instrumental in his enormous success. For more than a decade, the Portuguese have been among the top players in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo went on to become one of the greatest players in Manchester United history at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he scored 450 goals in 438 appearances and won four more Ballon d’Ors.
In 2018, Ronaldo joined to Juventus, where he has continued his golden run. In 133 games for the Bianconeri, he has already scored 101 goals.
The 36-year-old was also a vital performer for Portugal at Euro 2020, but the Selecao were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Belgium despite his heroics.
Despite this, the Juventus forward managed to score five goals, equaling Ali Daei of Iran’s record for most international goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s competitive nature and desire to be the greatest has made him a role model for sportsmen all around the world.
Only two men in international football history have scored 109 goals:
🇮🇷 Ali Daei
🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo
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