Cristiano Ronaldo feels that he has already created history irrespective of what he goes on to achieve in the remainder of his career.
The 31-year-old was speaking ahead of the Champions League semi-final clash for his club Real Madrid with Manchester City. Ronaldo missed the first leg of the clash at the Etihad stadium. Due to Madrid being extremely poor in attack without the Portuguese superstar, many feel that the return of the former United forward will help Madrid win the tie in the second leg. However, there have also been disappointing performances from Ronaldo – especially in the big matches – over the years.
In terms of the Champions League, though, Ronaldo holds the record for the most number of goals by any player. He has 93 goals compared to Lionel Messi, who is 10 short of him. Both these players, however, are way ahead of the chasing pack. This coupled with a huge trophy collection that also includes three FIFA Ballon d’Or awards means that Ronaldo is regarded as one of the best players in the world. The 31-year-old feels that some may not like his attitude, but he sees his success as a reward for the hard work and the amount of training that he has put in to honing his skills.
"I don't doubt that I will go down in footballing history. Whether people like it or not, the numbers speak for themselves. I will be up there with the rest. Some like it more, some like it less, but I have no doubt that I'm already in the history of football.I always felt that I was a special player... I've always worked hard, believed in my potential and I've developed more and more as a player, as a person, as a human being," said the Real Madrid forward.