WATCH: When Cristiano Ronaldo Outpaced a Bugatti Veyron in a Race

Published 12/14/2021, 3:26 PM EST
Soccer Football – World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group A – Portugal v Serbia – Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal – November 14, 2021 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in action REUTERS/Pedro Nunes


Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players to have ever played the game, but the man was also one of the fastest during his first stint at Manchester United. While Ronaldo is still very fast, his speed has declined over the years. now that he is 36.

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Nevertheless, just to demonstrate how fast Ronaldo was during 2008, he appeared in an ad for Nike. The sports brand was advertising the latest edition of their Nike Mercurial shoes and Ronaldo was up against a Bugatti Veyron, in a race never seen before.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and his race against the Bugatti Veyron

The Portuguese forward was still at Manchester United and had won the Ballon d’Or that same year. He suited up, started on the line with the car, and was ready to go. At the time, Bugatti Veyron was the fastest car in the world.

Ronaldo got a quick start for a second, but the car overtook him instantly. After 50 meters or so, both of them had to turn around and run the same distance again. Ronaldo had the advantage here, as the Portuguese could turn around quickly.

However, the car had to brake and go back while reversing. In the end, Ronaldo won the race by the thinnest of margins and celebrated gloriously. The race must have left quite an impression on his mind as Ronaldo now owns the Bugatti Veyron, which is worth a whopping $1.7 million.

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Ronaldo maintains his form up in his second stint with Manchester United

He returned to United after 12 years and became one of the greatest players this sport has ever seen. However, he is 36-years-old and people wouldn’t expect him to keep up the same numbers he had during his prime. Still, the forward has been United’s top scorer this season with 13 goals and two assists in 18 games. 

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – Manchester United v Atalanta – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – October 20, 2021 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after the match REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

He has been simply outstanding in the UEFA Champions League where he scored six goals in five games and single-handedly kept United at top of their group. Now, it will be interesting to see if he can win the trophy with the Red Devils, again.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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