Cristiano Ronaldo - The numbers don't lie

On Saturday, 13 years later, he made a triumphant return to Wales. Most notably, Ronaldo penned the foreword in Semedo's autobiography and the defensive midfielder had also said Ronaldo would eventually come to a Wednesday match, though that is yet to happen.

The Real Madrid's star is surely now the deserving candidate to win the award after having managed to help his team in securing the league two weeks back, and has been scoring crucial goals that ensured his Madrid team lifted the Champions League trophy in a mouthwatering final at Cardiff Stadium.

He scored only nine goals for Madrid this season, with his last goal coming in a Spanish league game against Villarreal in February.

"Me and my team-mates have done the double", said Ronaldo. The numbers don't lie. "But it's just one of those things, it's a game of two halves, it's always cagey in the final and at the end of the day we're happy with the win".

"It will be tough to do better than this year, because we could have done something truly incredible this season".

His response to the challenge was emphatic and no-one can question Ronaldo is the equal of Messi after he drew level with the Barcelona striker on four Champions League winners' medals - three with Madrid and the first with United.

5 With his two goals in the final, he is the top marksman in Europe's elite club competition for the fifth straight year with 12 this season.


The former Tottenham player has now won three Champions League titles with the Spanish giants but despite fresh reports of interest from Manchester United, he has declared himself hungry for more success with the club he joined for a then world-record fee in 2013. It's great to be a part of and we want to make more.

Real Madrid have achieved the impossible.

Instead, he plays further up the pitch, and marries movement and timing with a poacher's finishing.

Ronaldo swept Dani Carvajal's centre into the bottom corner to give the Spaniards the lead after 20 minutes.

Ronaldo's evolution is also evident off the pitch as he has matured and understands that he can not demand to play every minute of every game.

Not a bad start for Zinedine Zidane. My family is happy and I am happy so we will continue what we are doing'. But it was Zidane who provided the inspiration for Madrid's first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958.

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