The Juventus striker took to his Instagram to talk about his journey in the world of football, which was full of adventures and memories.
He wrote: “36 years old, unbelievable! It feels like it all started yesterday, but this journey is already full of adventures and stories to remember by. My first ball, my first team, my first goal… Time flies!
“From Madeira to Lisbon, from Lisbon to Manchester, from Manchester to Madrid, from Madrid to Turim, but above all, from the bottom of my heart to the world… I’ve given everything I could, I never held back and I’ve allways tried to deliver the best possible version of me.”
The FIFA Ballon d’Or winner expressed his admiration for his fans for their support.
“In return, you gave me your love and admiration, your presence and your unconditional support. And for that, I’ll never be able to thank you enough. I couldn’t have done without you,” he said.
The Portuguese football legend pledged to fans that though, he cannot play for 20 more years but he’ll continue to give his best as long as he’s still playing.
He pledged: “As I celebrate my 36th birthday and my 20th year as a professional footballer, I’m sorry that I can’t promise you 20 more years of this. But what I can promise you, is that as long as I keep going, you’ll never receive less than 100% from me!”
The goal poacher thanked all his fans and informed them that they are always dear to him.
He stated: “Thank you once again for all your support and for your kind messages and initiatives during this day. It means a lot to me and you all have a special place in my heart.”
Ronaldo has won 31 major trophies in his career, including seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League title.
He holds the records for the most goals scored, 134 and assists, 41, in the history of the UEFA Champions League.
He has scored over 770 senior career goals for club and country, and become one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,000 professional career appearances.
Ronaldo is also the second male player to score 100 international goals and the first European man to achieve this milestone.
Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have poured in for Ronaldo to celebrate the day with him.
Goal @goal tweeted: “An inspiration to so many. Still breaking record after record. One of football’s true legends.
Happy 36th birthday, Cristiano Ronaldo.”
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