There have been a few players described as the new George Best over the years, but this [Cristiano Ronaldo] is the first time it's been a compliment to me.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best soccer players in the world; he is one of the greatest the game has ever seen. His evolution from an erratic teenager to the goal machine that he is today, is a very interesting and inspiring story indeed. He has had to face criticism, both warranted and spiteful, for virtually his entire career, but his brilliant talent has shone through at every step.
He was the first Portuguese player to play for Manchester United when he signed for them in 2003. He became the darling of England and the world during his time at United, before he reached stratospheric heights with his move to Real Madrid in 2009. He has one of the best goal scoring ratios ever seen in club football, and his good looks have also made him an instantly marketable player.
Here's a collection of some of Cristiano Ronaldo's best quotes.
Best Quotes By Cristiano Ronaldo
This section encapsulates his quotes on his life, career, and the game in general.
► Without football, my life is worth nothing.
► Maybe they hate me because I'm too good!
► Some fans keep booing and whistling at me because I'm handsome, rich and a great player. They envy me.
► I want to be one of the best players around in two or three years time, to be a decisive footballer.
► I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans, but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that there are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.
► I don't think about one trick or the other, they just happen.
► What I do as an individual player is only important if it helps the team to win. That is the most important thing.
► I don't want to be compared to anyone―I'd like to impose my own style of play and do the best for myself and for the club here.
► I don't understand referees. It appears like some players can't even be touched, but in my case, everyone can hit me as hard as they can.
► No one did what I did last season and for this I deserve the Golden Boot and why not the Best World Player Award?
► I would be very proud if, one day, I'm held in the same esteem as George Best or Beckham. It's what I'm working hard towards.
► I'm living a dream I never want to wake up from.
► I want to be remembered as part of the group of the greatest players ever.
► For me Sir Alex was my father in football. He was crucial in my career and, outside football, was a great human being with me. Talent isn't everything. You can have it from the cradle, but it is necessary to learn the trade to be the best.
► I spent six years at United and I owe them everything that I am today. I made history at United and won many trophies. It was a pleasure to play at Old Trafford.
► Lots of young players have triumphed at United, so why can't it happen to me? I'm not worried I'm young - it's an incentive to do the best I can.
► Scoring goals is a great feeling, but the most important thing to me is that the team is successful―it doesn't matter who scores the goals as long as we're winning.
► There is no harm in dreaming of becoming the world's best player. It is all about trying to be the best. I will keep working hard to achieve it, but it is within my capabilities.
► It gives me the happiest feeling in the world. I just love scoring. It doesn't matter if it's a simple goal from close range, a long shot or a dribble around several players, I just love to score all kind of goals.
► I prefer other people to make judgments about the way I play and to characterize me, rather me describe myself.
Ronaldo is known to be a grounded, family-loving man. He was very close to his late father, who died in 2005, and is very close to his old friends and family, and his outlook on life is very clear:
► When I win awards, I think of my father.
► If we can't help our family, who are (we) going to help?
► We should make the most of life, enjoy it, because that's the way it is!
► When you lose a person you love so much, surviving the loss is difficult.
► My father was always in good spirits, he loved football. It makes me a bit sad because if he could enjoy seeing me now, what I have achieved, that would be a highlight in his life. But I'm sure that he watches over me from above.
► The one thing that I really dislike, is being alone.
► When my family isn't alright, I get restless. It just doesn't seem right to me.
► I still learn, but I think it's the best thing in life to have a kid.
► I have my flaws too, but I am a professional who doesn't like to miss or lose.
► I know I'm a good professional, I know that no one's harder on me than myself and that's never going to change, under any circumstances.
► I want to consistently play well and win titles. I'm only at the beginning.
► I have practically no private life. I'm already used to this and ready for it. Yes, sometimes it is hard, but it is the choice I made.
► I was saluted by Alex Ferguson when I was subbed and that made me very happy.
► To me, being the best means proving it in different countries and championships.
► I don't have to show anything to anyone. There is nothing to prove.
► There's no point in making predictions. It's not worth speculating because nothing is set in stone and things change all the time in football. Today there are opportunities that no one knows if they will come round again in the future.
► My free-kick secret? I just look at the net and say 'Take the kick, Cristiano'.
► I've never tried to hide the fact that it is my intention to become the best.
► Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable.
Best Quotes About Ronaldo
Having been a precocious young player and a crucial component at every club thereafter, there is a plethora of quotes about Cristiano Ronaldo. Here's the best of the lot:
► We've had some great players at this club in my 20 years, but he's up with the best. ― Sir Alex Ferguson
► Ronaldo is better than George Best and Denis Law, who were two brilliant and great players in the history of United. ― Johan Cruyff
► I have nothing but praise for the boy. He is easily the best player in the world. His contribution as a goal threat is unbelievable. His stats are incredible. Strikes at goal, attempts on goal, raids into the penalty box, headers. It is all there. Absolutely astounding. ― Sir Alex Ferguson
► If Messi is the best on the planet, Ronaldo is the best in the universe. ― Jose Mourinho
► The kid makes you sick. He looks the part, he walks the part, he is the part. He's six-foot something, fit as a flea, good-looking - he's got to have something wrong with him...Hopefully he's hung like a hamster! That would make us all feel better! ― Ian Holloway
► Ronaldo is a unique player for all of his talent and his professionalism. He is a player who is extraordinarily consistent. ― Carlo Ancelotti
► When you've got a player who does what he does at that pace this late in the game than you know you've got an invaluable talent. ― Andy Gray
► I'm running out of words to describe this lad. ― Andy Gray
► I remember the first time I saw him play. It was for a Sporting CP youth team. I told my assistant, 'There goes Van Basten's son.' Ronaldo had great technique. He stood out. ― Jose Mourinho
These quotes paint a clear picture of a player determined to succeed in any circumstances, a player still firmly entrenched in his roots, a player constantly striving to be the best. The quotes about him, made by some of the greatest names in the game, also make clear that his intentions are paying dividends.