They all look so happy and proud. And what a beautiful gesture from Cristiano to honour Agustin Herrerin, who is a kind of grandpa for the players.
For example, it was Agustin who was by Cristiano’s side at the great presentation to the Bernabéu in July 2009. It was Agustin who supported nervous Cristiano in this moment, when he waited in the tunnel to enter the Bernabéu for the first time with 85.000 Madridistas waiting for him (see here).
Real Madrid vs Granada, 25.01.14 (56’ Cristiano Ronaldo, 74’ Karim Benzema)
CR: “It was a mistake when I said I was young, handsome and rich”
Cristiano Ronaldo has given the traditional Ballon d’Or winner’s interview to France Football, admitting:
“I was nervous for weeks. Everyone was talking about the Ballon d’Or: they said I was going to win, I wasn’t going to win, it would be [Franck] Ribéry… everyone was talking. You try not to listen, but you couldn’t help being influenced by it. Even my mother often asked me: ‘Are you going to win?’ Now, finally, I feel calmer. And ready to be even better than last year.”
The Real Madrid man also insisted that he doesn’t intend to stop there:
“It’s true that I feel calmer, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working to be better. Every year is a new story, I’m not going to rest on my laurels. I want more, both with Real Madrid and Portugal. The Ballon d’Or is not an end in itself, even if every player dreams about it.”
Collecting the award:
“It was a very emotional moment, especially when my son came to my arms [looking] happy. That made me lose control of my emotions. And I started to cry. And when I saw my family’s tears, I cried even more. They were honest, authentic tears. I honestly didn’t expect it and in that moment I felt very happy. For those who don’t know me, it must have been a huge surprise to see me cry like that, because I always look serious on the pitch. Those who share my life with me know that I’m a natural, spontaneous person.”
“Until two or three days afterwards, the consequences of winning the Ballon d’Or didn’t sink in. When they gave me the trophy, I simply enjoyed the moment with those around me.”
“Because I’m natural in everything I do, people don’t always understand me. There’s no doubt that I’ve expressed myself badly by saying certain things after losing a match. The way I am has evolved, although my personality hasn’t changed too much. I always want to improve and I put pressure on myself in that respect. I’m very competitive and I hate losing. I always want to be the best, both with my club and the national team. That’s why there are sometimes misunderstandings. It was like that in Manchester and it’s also like that in Madrid.”
“One day I told some people that they were jealous of me because I was young, handsome and rich. That was a mistake. It was after a game, when I was very angry because I hadn’t scored. Some things can explain why I said things that I didn’t like afterwards. As I’ve said many times, I’m not perfect. I’m human, I’m made of flesh and bones like everyone. I cry, I laugh, and I have my problems. When I’ve said something I shouldn’t have, I’ve said sorry. With age, you learn from your mistakes.”
“I notice it, above all in matches away from home. The way they receive me isn’t very pleasant. They insult me… they say things that I don’t like, but I’m used to it now. In recent times it has improved a bit. Before, they chanted things like ‘qué hijoputa es’ (‘what a son of a bitch’) and now they shout ‘Cristiano, Balón de Plástico’. Before, they spoke about my mother and now just about me.”
“It isn’t easy to lead a normal life, but I’m used to it. When I finish my career I hope everything is calmer and that I can enjoy myself. Right now it isn’t easy. That doesn’t mean I can’t go out. I’ve never seen a sign saying ‘Cristiano Forbidden’. But imagine going to a shopping centre with my son and my girlfriend and stopping every five metres to sign an autograph or for a photograph. I try to avoid public places and go to quieter places, to restaurants with a private table. I don’t go to hotels with 500 rooms, either. I go to more discreet places. I’ll try to enjoy myself later on, when there’s another Cristiano in my place.”
“I train for three or four hours a day. At 9:30 I drop my son off at school, I eat with my mother at midday and after that I go to pick up my son and I have a siesta with him, to be sure that he goes to sleep. He needs it to grow properly. Then, a trip round Madrid, English class to keep up the level I had when I was playing there, stretching, listen to music, swimming. I do a lot of things to keep my son happy. I also undergo massage sessions and at night I sometimes go into town to have dinner. I go to sleep as early as possible to be in good shape the next day. For me, recovery is essential. When I have free time, I like to travel so as to disconnect from the work environment.”
“It’s true that I try to help others. Jorge Mendes [his agent] also does. It’s something I don’t like to spread. If you do something good, you don’t need to shout about it from the rooftops, but I do try to help others.”
“I know that if I work hard and show a lot of ambition I’ll be the best on the pitch. I’ve always considered myself a professional guy. That’s my culture. I’ve always learned a lot from other players, from Gary Neville or Ryan Giggs at United, from Raúl and Michel Salgado at Madrid and from [Luis] Figo, Rui Costa, Deco and Fernando Couto in the national team. Being a good professional is 70% of being successful as a player.”
One of already many interviews that shows that Cristiano besides his flamboyant ‘stage persona’ on the pitch, his stylish appearance off the pitch, is just a normal young man.
Yes, he has this charisma, that ‘certain something’ that only few persons have, that attracts people and lets them either love or hate him.
But inside, as he always says, he is a nice, caring, intelligent person who always tries his best to become a better player and person. Nothing more and nothing less. Just a human being, with ups and downs, strenghts and flaws.
This may be almost shocking for those who are so biased that they want to see through the lense of their selective perception only negative aspects. As well as for those who idolise him as perfection incarnate.
Cristiano is neither angel nor devil, he is human after all. And we love him for that.
These GIFs show exactly why Cristiano Ronaldo has grown as a player in much more than one way, since joining Madrid in 2009.
During today’s game against Real Betis Cristiano tried a shot on goal, which he knows should have been better to pass to Marcelo. He admitted his mistake and humbly apologized to his teammate and the others for this error. He has really transformed into the complete team-player and leader. And I’m pretty sure that this is a scene, that we wouldn’t have seen of him a few years ago…truly amazing to see.
Grande Cristiano! The most complete player and person in the world, an example to follow ♥
Cristiano said in many interviews that he always wants to improve, as a player and as a person. And he does.
Part of that is the normal process of growing maturity that comes with age. Also his fatherhood and his stable relationship with Irina brought new responsibilities and views on life and he emraced that.
In club and national team he is now one of the older, more experienced players and he takes this responsibility to be an example for the youngsters and help and guide them. In his personal life, Cristiano wants to be a good example for his son.
We could observe this evolution during more than 10 years, since he entered the spotlight. Growing up happens with everyone, only that it’s not normal to go through this process under the merciless microscope of public and media. Cristiano is doing well, unlike other famous people who have difficulties to endure this public judgement of every breath they take. He is mentally strong and a good person. A role model for young people.
A golden role model
"The real Cristiano, the one I know, is the man millions of people saw at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala. A human, sensitive, humble, genuine person. And being Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t easy, nor is getting where he has, which he has done above all else through sheer professionalism.
Cristiano’s sacrifice, willpower, determination and dedication make him an example to be followed. Very few people are aware of the vital work he puts in on a daily basis, which takes place behind closed doors. From staying behind after training to perfect a particular aspect of his game to the extreme care he takes with his diet, getting the necessary rest at home and working at least two extra hours every day.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s commitment to his profession is such that, when he loses a match or things don’t come off the way he intends, he is down in the dumps for three days, which he spends trying to improve whatever didn’t work. He is always thinking about improving, because he is dissatisfied by nature. What better example can there be for young people than someone who sacrifices his personal life for his profession?
Ronaldo refuses to eat out on the majority of occasions because he is supremely aware of the demands of his profession. He also rejects 90% of the commercial deals that he is offered, as he has no interest in signing million-euro contracts every week. His bread and butter is football and that’s what he wants to focus on. How many others could say the same in his place?
Another example is his desire to help the needy, taking the initiative whenever is possible and, when it is up to him, never seeking out publicity for doing so.
For all these reasons and more, Cristiano Ronaldo is not just a worthy Ballon d’Or winner, but a golden role model.”
Beautiful words from someone who truly knows Cristiano, Cristiano’s agent since the beginning of his career. Mendes is also a father figure for Cristiano and the godfather of Cristiano’s son.
The story of Cristiano Ronaldo
I don’t care about the others, for me he is the best.
New ITV TV biography!
Let’s all download the video quickly before it is deleted from YT!
Today, 15.09.2013, Cristiano will renew his contract with Real Madrid.
Reminiscence on the day he signed for Real Madrid, 4 years ago.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Welcome To Real Madrid - HD (by Wajsu17Ronaldo7)
Today Cristiano will renew his contract!
On this occasion, let’s bring back the memories of his presentation on July 06th, 2009
1-2-3 Hala Madrid!