Honestly, who’s the most loved and hated footballer in the world? If your answer isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo, then you’re lying to yourself.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most towering figures and well paid athletes in the world, and people just can’t get enough of the Real Madrid star. His dating life, his good looks, what he does on the pitch, and the silly stories that make you shake your head. Like really? Why’s that even a news? But that’s the life of Ronaldo. He’s aware of where the camera is and that it will always be on him, no matter where he goes.
Yes, he’s a showoff. From his excessive “Siiiiiiiiiii” goal celebrations to his handshakes with teammate Marcelo and having a Greek God statue of himself in his hometown, Ronaldo likes to do it big. Though all these things come across as him demanding attention, he has earned the right to celebrate like he does, scoring fifty plus goals in all competitions in six consecutive seasons. Winning Champions League and Euro 2016 doesn’t hurt either.
Hailing from Portugal, Ronaldo started his career with Sporting CP, before transferring to Manchester United in 2003, where he established himself as the best footballer in the world. After being crowned as the most expensive player in football in 2009, Ronaldo’s stock skyrocketed. Everybody recognizes his name and forgot about the Brazilian legend, Ronaldo de Lima, who actually made the name Ronaldo what it is.
Cristiano is without a doubt one of two best players in the world, the other being Lionel Messi, his fierce rival, who has five Ballon d’Ors to Ronny’s four.
In honor of CR7 winning his fourth Ballon d’Or, here are 8 people who adore Ronaldo and 7 that can’t stand his guts.
15. Loves Him: Marcelo
Over the years, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo have not only formed a wonderful partnership on the left flank, but they also have an unbelievable bond that goes beyond football. The duo are constantly clowning each other and their respective teammates whenever something hilarious happens.
A couple of seasons ago, when Ronaldo nutmeged a teammate in training, Marcelo hyped up the situation as if he had never seen someone get nutmeged before. The Brazilian ran around the pitch poking fun at the victim of Ronaldo’s skill.
If you haven’t seen their goal celebrations, dance and handshakes, one specifically aimed towards former FIFA President Sepp Blatter for his disturbing comments about the Portuguese international, then you’re missing out.
These two are as serious as it gets when it comes winning games, but that doesn’t stop them from entertaining the audience, whether in press conferences, on the pitch, or even photobombing each other after brilliant performances.
14. Hates Him: Gerard Pique
Once teammates at Manchester United, Gerard Pique and Cristiano Ronaldo have grown to dislike each other ever since both absconded to the Primera Division.
Though it’s Pique who’s usually trolling the Real Madrid star by imitating Ronaldo’s “calma” celebration he often displays whenever he scores against Barcelona, the Portuguese clapback game was too swift, “Even when others are celebrating, they remember Cristiano Ronaldo,” the Portuguese superstar was quoted by 101GreatGoals.com. “Whether it’s good or not, let them talk about Cris.”
It’s natural for a defender to hate an attacking player, especially one like Ronaldo, who owns practically every La Liga team and scores at an incredible level. But Pique’s constant jabs at Ronaldo shows how much he dislikes him, even though they were teammates at United.
13. Loves Him: Wayne Rooney
Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United a year before the Everton product, Wayne Rooney, and the two became an instant hit. Indeed, Ronaldo surpassed Rooney, a player most observers selected to be the better of the two and went on to collect numerous accolades at Real Madrid, but the two remained friends.
The pair have always praised one another, with Ronaldo revealing how much he missed playing with the England international couple of years ago.
“I miss playing with Rooney. Maybe we will play together again one day,” he said. “He was the kid of England, everyone loved him. He was so powerful I was calling him Pitbull. The power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength and he never stops. He’s a fantastic team player and he scores! He’s a fantastic boy and he helped me a lot when he came to join us in Manchester.”
Those were high praises from Ronaldo to his old pal, Rooney. Who says Ronaldo doesn’t show appreciation?
12. Hates Him: Koke
Atletico Madrid midfielder, Koke, made derogatory remarks about the Portugal superstar after Real Madrid’s 3-0 derby win on November 19th, 2016.
Tempers flared when the two players got involved in a heated exchange in the second half, where both stars clashed heads. And, according to Cadena Cope, Koke stirred everything when he called the Bernabeu icon a “f****t.”
Ronaldo allegedly then replied: “A f****t, yes. But a rich one, b******.”
It’s quite clear the Spanish international, Koke, is not a big fan of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner. Ronaldo did indeed bust-up Atletico with a hat-trick and impersonated Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” celebration to celebrate his second goal as Atletico continued to falter.
Could that be the reason why Koke got a little salty? Whatever the reason was, we loved the celebration from Ronny.
11. Loves Him: Pepe
The Real Madrid teammates and Portugal internationals have formed a great friendship over the years.
Pepe arrived in the Spanish capital in 2007 and Cristiano Ronaldo followed two years later. The two are often seen in training having some fun, like when Pepe tried to copy Ronaldo’s ridiculous skill at Portugal training and failed miserably.
Pepe inspired Portugal to win the Euro 2016 for his Real Madrid friend after the forward suffered a strong tackle from France playmaker, Dimitri Payet. While many doubted Portugal, the influential defender said they were victorious for Ronaldo.
“It was tough to lose our main man, the man who could at any moment score a goal. He could make the difference,” the 33-year-old said. But God helped us…we said we would win it for him and we managed to do that.”
Pepe showed a lot of love to his friend.