LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) Cristiano Ronaldo has reached the pinnacle of the football world, even though his eternal rival, Lionel Messi, is considered to be more naturally gifted.
These two football legends have together claimed 12 Ballon d’Or awards and shattered numerous records in domestic, continental, and international competitions.
Messi, who currently plays for MLS side Inter Miami, is often hailed for his God-given talent.
In contrast, Ronaldo’s path to greatness has been paved with relentless hard work and determination.
The Portuguese star has maximized his potential through a unique blend of natural ability and unwavering ambition.
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This drive has propelled him to the very top of the footballing hierarchy, inspiring millions along the way.
Former Premier League player Paul McVeigh, who once faced Ronaldo during their stints at Norwich and Manchester United, frequently references CR7 in his current role as a keynote speaker.
McVeigh acknowledges that while Lionel Messi may possess more innate talent, Ronaldo’s journey from being a promising talent to one of the world’s best is a testament to his dedication, belief, and hard work.
McVeigh emphasizes the significance of Ronaldo’s mindset and psychology in his remarkable success.
At 38 years of age, Ronaldo continues to perform at an elite level, having scored 18 goals in as many appearances for Al-Nassr this season.
He shows no signs of slowing down and is expected to extend his career into his 40s. This longevity allows him to inch closer to 800 career club goals and further build upon his record-breaking 203 caps and 127 international goals for his country.