Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese professional footballer, plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal. In 2008, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He then won the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Ronaldo scored his 500th senior career goal for club and country. Often ranked as the best player in the world, Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation, during its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2015. He is the only player to win four European Golden Shoe awards. One of the most marketable athletes in sport, in 2016 Forbes named Ronaldo the world’s best paid athlete. In June 2016, ESPN ranked him the world’s most famous athlete. Many of his records are well known and documented but some have made it to the Guinness book of World records. Here are five of his records that are a part of the Guinness recognition.

Highest annual earnings

Forbes has twice ranked Ronaldo first on their list of the world’s highest-paid football players; his combined income from salaries, bonuses and off-field earnings was $73 million in 2013–14 and $79 million in 2014–15. The latter earnings saw him listed behind only boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on the magazine’s list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes. In 2016 he became the first footballer to top the Forbes list of highest-earning athletes, with a total income of $88 million from his salary and endorsements in 2015–16. As his reputation grew from his time at Manchester United, Ronaldo signed many sponsorship deals for consumer products, including sportswear (he wears Nike Mercurial Vapor CR7 boots), soft drinks, clothing, automotive lubricants, financial services, electronics, computer video games, and much more. He is one of the most followed footballers by big corporate houses, who are ready to pay any amount for his services.

Most followers on Instagram and Twitter

A versatile attacker, Ronaldo is capable of playing on either wing as well as through the centre of the pitch, and, while ostensibly right-footed, is very strong with both feet. He is ranked among the world’s fastest footballers, both with and without the ball. Tactically, Ronaldo has undergone several evolutions throughout his career. While at Sporting and during his first season at Manchester United, he was typically deployed as a traditional winger on the right side of midfield, where he regularly looked to deliver crosses into the penalty area. In this position, he was able to use his pace and acceleration, agility, and technical skills to take on opponents in one-on-one situations. Ronaldo became noted for his dribbling and flair, often displaying an array of tricks and feints, such as the stepovers that became his trademark and this is the reason behind his increasing popularity on the social networking platforms. He is the most-followed athlete on Twitter with 47.5 million followers as of October 2016, and is the most-followed footballer on Instagram with 79.5 million followers as of October 2016.

Most ‘Liked’ person on Facebook

This social networking platform is the most followed one across the globe so keeping it separately make sense for us. There is no one like Ronaldo in the world as his moves are well planned and pre decided. He knows how to behave in general public and has often surprised his fans with his down to earth attitude. When he is among his fans, he never misses a chance of getting clicked with them or giving autographs. Moreover, he is part of many charitable organizations and is contributing a lot towards making better living for the poor section of the society. This has increased his popularity on Facebook, which is the most used social networking platform these days. He has the highest number of fans in the world and the number is increasing on daily basis. The figure has crossed 100 million mark and the day is not far behind when we might see 200 million figure for this supremely talented footballer.

Most goals in a single season of Champions Trophy

He is a striker who knows how to complete his job of scoring goals. The pace at which he is scoring goals since arriving at Real Madrid, he might end up as the best in the business. No matter what the situation is, counting him out is the worst mistake. Cristiano Ronaldo can kill the opposition in a span of few minutes as matching his pace and dribbling skills is next to impossible and this is what his rivals have understood over the years. He is the main reason behind Real Madrid’s success in the Champions League, the most prestigious club competition in the world. Ronaldo holds the record for most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season, having scored 17 goals in the 2013–14 season. He can break his own record in the near future as he is never satisfied with his own performance and wants to improve all the time.

Scored in four European championships

At Euro 2016, he became the most capped player of all-time in the tournament, the first player to score at four consecutive European Championship finals, and also equaled Michel Platini’s all-time record for most goals scored in the competition. Ronaldo lifted the trophy after Portugal defeated France in the final, and he received the Silver Boot as one of the second-highest goal scorers of the tournament. He scored twice in Euro 2004, once in Euro 2008 and three times in Euro 2012.

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