38 years ago today, a footballing legend and arguably the greatest of all time in the eyes of many was made manifest in the small town of Madeira, Portugal.
Emerging from a low-income family, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro became a global superstar by courtesy of his relentless hard-work and dedication to his craft which forever changed the fortune of his family.
The incredible skills and blistering pace he displayed during the early stages of his unique career at Sporting Lisbon led to his £12m move to Manchester United in 2003.
A 6-year spell at Old Trafford saw Ronaldo establish himself as one of the d**adliest forwards in the game of football, bagging 42 goals in the 2007/08 season that earned him the Ballon d’Or award.
Leaving United in 2009 for a world record transfer fee, Cristiano made himself a legend at Real Madrid where he spent 9 years scoring 450 goals in lesser amount of matches.
From Madrid, he joined Juventus in 2018 and then back to United in 2021, but unfortunately that decision to return to Manchester proved to be a b**dly thought out one.
Despite notching 24 goals, making the EPL Team Of The Season, and winning the most EPL Player Of The Month awards last season, Ronaldo was reduced to a squad player under Erik ten Hag this term.
The Portuguese never really got along with ten Hag whom he lashed out at during his interview with Piers Morgan which led to the termination of his contract.
But despite the b**d manner Ronaldo and Man United parted ways, the club still managed to wish him a happy birthday which sparked reactions from fans.
“Happy birthday to Blomqvist, and to the other guy, I don’t have time for a camel who languishes in a desert”, wrote ‘Sebenele’ while Denis said Ronaldo “should be wished by Arabs”.
From the look of things, it seems some Man United fans are yet to forgive Cristiano for the way he criticized the club in that controversial interview he did.