After Cristiano Ronaldo’s 1200 Games Milestone, Manchester United Star Reveals 4 Attributes That Made Him the ‘Goat’

Published 12/09/2023, 6:28 AM EST

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The game against Al Riyadh was another milestone conquered by Cristiano Ronaldo. This was his 1200th game in his playing career. Still, the G.O.A.T debate continues between the fans of the Al Nassr star and Lionel Messi. But, for a Manchester United star, Cristiano is the best because of these four attributes.

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The Al Nassr star is the inspiration of the young generation of soccer players. Cristiano Ronaldo has also earned the respect of his fellow players because of his commitment and professionalism. And one such player is his former teammate who believes there are four attributes that make CR7 the greatest of all time.

Tom Heaton labels Cristiano Ronaldo as the G.OA.T

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s second stint with the Red Devils should have ended in a better way. However, this does not change the fact that many players at the club still have nothing but utmost respect and admiration for the former red devil. One of them is goalkeeper Tom Heaton. In a podcast with the club on getting asked the G.O.A.T, he immediately answered Cristiano Ronaldo. He further said, “Having been here with him the first time and then seeing how he improved, how he got better and made himself into the best player in the world. I’d just signed by the time he came back for his second stint, and seeing the same drive, hunger, being first in the gym, same appetite to work for me keeps him at that level. What he’s achieved has been incredible.”

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The Portuguese star has aged like a fine wine. He has scored over 400 goals since turning 30, which is more than what some of the greatest strikers like Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Carlos Tevez, Van Persie and more have scored throughout their entire careers! There are times when he performs better than the players that are half his age. The drive and hunger to do better helped the 38-year-old win trophies with the Red Devils in his first stint.

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Ronaldo won three consecutive league titles with United from 2006 to 2009. Further, he won the Champion’s league in the 2007-2008 season, Player of the year awards and his first Ballon d’Or. On his return to United after departing Juventus, the Portuguese star in his first season was the highest scorer for the Red Devils across all competitions.

One would think that after achieving so many trophies and all the success across club competitions and on the international stage, as well as awards for himself, he would slow down. However, Cristiano Ronaldo is in search of more glory in Saudi Arabia with Al Nassr.

Cristiano Ronaldo showing no signs of slowing down

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In January 2022, the Portuguese forward signed for Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia. Since then, he has taken the league by storm. The Al Nassr star is leading his team to compete for the title this season. As the leading scorer with 16 goals, he is doing his best for the team despite being 7 points behind leaders, Al Hilal. A move to the cash-rich league has also benefitted his national team career.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 10 goals in 9 games in the European qualifiers. The 38-year-old also scored 49 goals in 2023. This makes him one of the highest goal-scorers this year. He is on the list with the likes of Erling Haaland, Mbappe, and Harry Kane, who are young and some of the best strikers right now.

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The media and certain sections of fans wrote him off after his World Cup disaster. However, he has laughed off this criticism by scoring goals for fun this year. This is the reason, he is one of the best soccer players in history.

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Anuj Nikhil Virjiani

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