Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction. He is widely considered the best soccer player in the world right now, and one of the greatest of all time. His greatest is evident in his remarkable achievements. Ronaldo has a record-tying five Ballon d'Or awards,[note 1] the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. He has won 26 trophies in his career, including five league titles, five UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship. A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most official goals scored in Europe's top-five leagues (395), the UEFA Champions League (120), the UEFA European Championship (9), as well as those for most assists in the UEFA Champions League (34) and the UEFA European Championship (6). He has scored over 670 senior career goals for club and country.

As they all say, there are always reasons for something. What are those factors which allowed him to reach such heights of success. Read on to find out!


In life, there will be as many people who praise you, as much as the people who will criticize you. The trick is not to let voices external to yourself effect you in any way with regards to your belief in your capacity for achievement. True belief comes from within - it will be the strongest, and most long-lasting of motivations for achievement. In the wake of his receiving of a wild card after headbutting Richard Hughes, and a three-match ban, there were many criticisms from the public of Ronaldo's talent. He chose not be moved by such. That was in 2007, the very start of his career, and look where is he now.

Productive Repetition

Famous American finance figure and private equity fund manager David Rubenstein remarked in an interview that as long as you get at something for long, some how things would just work out for you eventually the way you want it to be. This applies very much to Ronaldo. In fact, Ronaldo is so passionate about practice that he trains for many days straight just to perfect a single area in his game. His current Portuguese coach - Carlos Queiroz - himself said that:

I have always spent time with players on free-kicks but with Ronaldo we worked for days and days. We practised every day. There’s nobody who’s prepared to work harder for his artistry.

Immunity to Defeats

Defeats will most probably be more common in your life than victories. At the risk of being overly reductionist, a defeat can have one of two impacts on you. It could either cause you to lose motivation, or it could force you to achieve success through some other alternative, or even spur you. Ronaldo is one who was not to be fazed by defeats from a young age. The perfect example of this was when he was expelled by the school for throwing a chair at a teacher who he felt disrespected him. Instead of berating Ronaldo for potentially ruining his future prospects, she encouraged him to focus on soccer given that school was out. It was a fateful encouragement indeed.

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