Together with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is often considered to be one of the top soccer players in the world. He surely is the most expensive, considering that after leaving Manchester United, he signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid in 2009 for 94 million Euros. Not only is Ronaldo known for his impressive play on the field, he’s also a heartthrob whose private live is often on display in the media. This year he’ll be representing Portugal in the 2014 World Cup, and his presence is said to be more than needed since the competition is stiff.
Ronaldo was born in Madeira, Portugal on February 5, 1985. Named after Ronald Reagan, he got noticed as a formidable soccer player at the age of 10. By the time he was 16, he signed with Sporting Portugal in 2001 and faced Manchester United that same year. He made such an impression on the team that they made an offered to sign him. He played for them until 2009, which is when he was traded to Real Madrid.
Portugal previously made the World Cup finals in 2006 and 2010, and on June 16, 2014 Ronaldo and his team will face Germany, one of the stronger teams and a well-known World Cup favorite. They’ll also have to face other Group G teams including the U.S. and Ghana. The 29-year-old forward, will have to rely on his strengths to pull his team through these matches. Ronaldo is known not to back down to any defender. His footwork and his ability to outplay any opponent will surely be tested, as will his unmatchable, powerful free kick that he can always depend on. Hopefully he won’t resort to some of the unnecessary past tricks when simple passes are enough.
The Controversial Injury
Ronaldo’s readiness for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been questioned in the press lately. The soccer player has been recovering from left patellar tendinosis in his knee. He’s missed several training sessions, but recently joined his team during their practices, keeping tackling and kicks with his left foot to a minimum. Tendinosis is not a condition that should be taken lightly. Although it often seems as if the pain is gone and the condition has completely healed, it often hasn’t. Neglecting to rest and rushing back onto the field might aggravate Ronaldo’s knee problem. Whether it will remains to be seen.
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