‘I thought I would be fishing in Madeira’: Cristiano Ronaldo reveals he never pictured becoming one of football’s greatest ever players and believed he would be a fisherman
- Cristiano Ronaldo thought he would become a fisherman as a child growing up
- The Juventus superstar turned 35 on Wednesday and took time to reflect on life
- Ronaldo has since gone on to become one of football’s greatest ever players
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he envisaged becoming a fisherman on the shores of Madeira as a boy — not one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game of football.
The Portuguese superstar turned 35 on Wednesday and took a moment to look back on his incredible career, which has seen him win nearly all there is to win in the sport.
But today’s reality wasn’t even a pipe dream when he was a child, admits Ronaldo, who believed he would instead spend his day-to-day life on the coast of the small island where he grew up.
Cristiano Ronaldo reveals he thought he would be a fisherman when he was a child growing up
Ronaldo envisaged himself fishing on the shores of the Madeira coast where he grew up
When asked where he thought he would be the age of 35 as a kid, Ronaldo told Canal 11: ‘I thought I was going to be a fisherman in Madeira.
‘This never came into my mind. I wanted to be a professional football but I didn’t think I was going to win everything I’ve won.’
Now in the twilight of his career, Ronaldo is still as hungry as ever to further his legacy and he has set his sights on winning a sixth Champions League title.
‘To play at Juventus gives me the chance to win it again,’ he continued. ‘We know it’s difficult, it depends on many factors, but it’s possible because we have a good team.
Ronaldo enjoys fishing and believed it would be his career as a youngster
Ronaldo celebrated his 35th birthdaywith his son (L) and girlfriend (R) Georgina Rodríguez
The forward is one of the most decorated players of all time and has become a global icon
‘We must take one step at a time going forward.’
Ronaldo is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner and has won league and domestic honours wherever he has played.
The prolific forward also led Portugal to international glory at Euro 2016 before they were crowned as the inaugural winners of the UEFA Nations League last summer.
Along with his long haul of team and personal accolades, Ronaldo has become a global icon in the process and was the first person to rack up 200 million followers on Instagram last week.
CRISTIANO RONALDO’S REMARKABLE RECORDS
Most free kicks scored in UEFA Champions League: 12
Fastest player to score 350 goals for a single club in Europe’s top 5 leagues: 335 games
Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League group stage in a single season: 11
Most braces in Champions League history: 29
First player to have won the European Golden Shoe in 2 different leagues (EPL with Man Utd and La Liga with Real Madrid)
Most headed goals scored in the UEFA Champions League: 20
Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals: 13
Most goals scored in three consecutive La Liga matches: 9 (shared with László Kubala, Mundo and Campanal)
Most goals scored in La Liga after the first 12 games: 20
Most consecutive home matches scored in in La Liga: 17
Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8
Most goals scored in the Madrid derby: 21
Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer: 450
First Real Madrid player to score on every day of the week
Most goals in a (38-game) league season for Manchester United: 31