You do not have to be a fan of football to know who Cristiano Ronaldo is and appreciate his view on life. If you don’t know much about the man, we recommend reading Cristiano Ronaldo: The Greatest Goalscorer Of All-time for some insight. The ultimate professional, being a winner is in Ronaldo’s DNA. However, he is also a family man and a great dad, and if you have ever watched any documentaries on him, you will see a different side to the athlete.
In this blog, we will explore some great quotes from the man himself.
“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.”
This is a quote that we can all learn from. It is not just relevant to football. Today, we often compare ourselves to others when we should focus on what makes ourselves unique.
“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.”
We can all dream, but it is about putting those dreams into reality. Think about what your dream looks like and put the steps in so you can achieve it.
“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 goals.”
Well, they say you should love what you do, don’t they?
“For me, Sir Alex was my father in football. He was crucial in my career and, outside of 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.”
Sir Alex, i.e. Sir Alex Ferguson, was Ronaldo’s manager at Manchester United. He plays honor to him here, and it is important because it shows how important mentors are and why you need to learn from others.
“Don’t let small obstacles be in the way of being victorious. Remember you are stronger than the challenges you face.”
A great quote indeed, and something we can apply to all areas of life and business.
“Dreams are not what you see in your sleep, they are the things that don’t let you sleep.”
This would be a great quote to have on your bedroom wall, wouldn’t it? When you want something so badly, it keeps you up at night.
“You have to work. I try to do it almost every day and this is why I am in the top level for many many years.”
One thing that you will have already noticed from the quotes is the strong work ethic the Portuguese footballer has. He constantly talks about the hard work and dedication that is needed to make it to the very top, and this is something that can inspire us all.
“The most important thing is the family. Keep your family healthy, good, and take care of your family, because this is the most important thing in the world.”
There is not much more to add to this one, is there? Family is everything, whether blood or not.
“I don’t see anyone better than me. No player does things that I cannot do myself, but I see things others can’t do. There’s no more complete player than me. I’m the best player in history — in the good and the bad moments.”
Well, he does get called arrogant by some. But many would argue that to be the best you do need to have an element of arrogance.
“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.”
In a sport like football, the spotlight is on. The media pressure is immense. Everyone has something to say. Yet Ronaldo still says that he is the hardest person on himself.
“I see football as an art and all players are artists. If you are a top artist, the last thing you would do is paint a picture somebody else has already painted.”
Like one of the earlier quotes, this is another example of how Ronaldo believes it is important to be yourself rather than trying to be like someone else. You can learn from others, like he did with Sir Alex Ferguson, but ultimately, you need to be your own person.
“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.”
Whether you are a footballer, accountant, shop assistant, or have any other type of career, at the end, you need to make yourself happy.
“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.”
You know what they say; there is no I in TEAM.
“After I joined, the manager asked me what number I’d like. I said 28. But Ferguson said ‘No, you’re going to have No. 7’ and the famous shirt was an extra source of motivation. I was forced to live up to such an honor.”
In this quote, Ronaldo shows his respect for honor and tradition.
“Today there are opportunities that no one knows if they will come round again in the future.”
This is a great quote that we should all take note of. We should not let opportunities pass us by because we do not know when they will come back again.
“Your love makes me strong. Your hate makes me unstoppable.”
Last but not least, a great quote for the haters out there… it only makes him unstoppable.