Madrid (AFP) – He may not have added the World Cup to his Euro 16 success and hattrick of Champions Leagues.
But with another Ballon d’Or looking likely and a move to Juventus complete, Cristiano Ronaldo’s status is as much that of multinational as footballer.
The 33-year–old had long ago moved onto another plane in his nine years at the Bernabeu as the galactico of galacticos.
Sporting Lisbon first nurtured his talents before Manchester United launched the process of turning him into a global icon over six years at Old Trafford.
But his Real achievements have transformed the Portuguese into the Beautiful Game’s megastar who now embarks on a fresh challenge at a “new stage in his life”