Cristiano Ronaldo: A year to remember

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On the eve of former Manchester United and current Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Lisbon, let’s recap his sensational year.

This weekend Cristiano Ronaldo plays in the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon, Portugal – the city where he began his professional career, with Sporting Lisbon, over a decade ago.

Cristiano will be looking to secure his second Champions League tournament victory in his third final. The two previous came during his time with Manchester United.

If his Real Madrid side manage to overcome new La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, it will bring Los Blancos their tenth European cup victory – or La Decima – and cap a superb season for the Portugal international.

The 2013/14 season has seen Ronaldo score 50 goals in 46 games - 31 in La Liga, 16 in Europe and 3 in the domestic cup, making his Real Madrid career total an extraordinary 251 goals in 245 games.

He has established many records, too, including most goals scored in the Champion’s League group stage (9), most Champion’s League goals during a calendar year (15), and most goals scored during a Champions League season (16) –a tally that has the potential to increase before the season is up.

In January, Ronaldo won his second Ballon d'Or beating four-time winner Lionel Messi. This victory made Ronaldo the tenth multiple winner of the prestigious individual award.

His phenomenal season was rewarded with a new five year Real Madrid contract worth £35m per year (before tax), making him the then highest paid player in football. This has since been surpassed by Lionel Messi.

Before the year is up, Ronaldo will hope to get only his second ever goal at his second World Cup, with other esteemed tournament accolades a possibility – perhaps even a World Cup winner’s medal.

This really has been quite a season for the Madeira born star… and it may only get better.

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