It’s hard not to hate Cristiano Ronaldo out of jealousy. Not only is he one of the greatest soccer players in history, he has the swagger and attitude to match his talent. But hey, when you’ve achieved as much as he has, it kind of comes with the territory, right?
Cristiano Ronaldo is only 31 years old, but he’s been playing soccer (or football, depending on what part of the world you’re in–we mean the sport that uses feet primarily) professionally since he was a teenager. He started out playing for youth teams before getting snatched up by Manchester United, becoming the team’s first ever Portuguese player.
After several years with Manchester, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a record fee of about 80 million pounds, or about $120 million. Though he’s gone back and forth with the team, he recently signed a contract that will keep him with Real Madrid until at least 2021.
It was clearly a good decision for him. On December 15, 2016, Ronaldo scored his 500th club career goal, 377 of which were for Madrid. Also, for the second time, he ended up receiving the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for his incredible 2016 season.
As several sources are quick to point out, Cristiano Ronaldo has more than just talent; he seems to have a major ego as well (What’s an incredibly good-looking world famous athlete to do?). He’s not very modest, calling out other players for not being as good as he is. He rips his shirt off probably more often than necessary. He gets hat-tricks without batting an eye.
One recent moment in particular makes his haters yell “See? Look how obnoxious Cristiano Ronaldo is!” During the Champions League final this past May, Ronaldo decided to take a penalty kick against Atletico Madrid despite not performing his best throughout the game. However, he ended up winning the game for Real Madrid during a penalty shoot-out (thus resulting in a shirt-tearing moment), so he must have known what he was doing after all.
You don’t get to the top without having some haters, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s achieved enough in just this past year alone that we aren’t going to complain too much if he wants to celebrate in his own way.