The golden run of CR7 continues

Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, has once again showed class is permanent and that being on the other side of 30 matters little. At a glittering ceremony in London on Monday night, the Real Madrid stalwart bagged the 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award for the second straight year.

The Portuguese superstar has also won three of the last four Ballon D’Or awards. On his way to the title, Ronaldo saw off competition from long-term rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who came second, and the world’s most expensive player, Neymar of PSG, who secured the third position.

The 32-year-old striker played a key role in Real’s triumphant campaign in the Spanish League last season, besides helping the Spanish giants become the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles.

He was at his goal scoring best in the final three Champion’s League encounters, scoring as many as eight goals, including two in the final against Juventus. The Portuguese has already scored 44 goals in just 48 games for his club and country so far this calendar year.

In fact, the Portuguese forward has been on a dream run for over a year now. Just like Messi, Ronaldo too didn’t taste success while turning out for his country until Portugal broke the deadlock at the Euro Cup held in France in July last year. Though he missed most part of the final, his impact on Portugal’s triumphant campaign was never in doubt.

The prolific striker was at his lethal best in the 2-0 semifinal win over Wales, scoring one and setting up the other. Ronaldo has won almost everything there is to win for his clubs, be it at Manchester United or Real.

Just months before the Euro Cup, he won the Champions League title with Real for the second time in four years. He is the highest scorer in Champions League history with 110 goals and the only player to score in four different Euros — 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Yet, it’s his insatiable hunger for glory that keeps Ronaldo going. 

Aritra Mukhopadhyay