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Player Feature: Cristiano Ronaldo

Full Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro 

Birthdate: February 5, 1985

Birthplace: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal 

Current Team: Juventus

Position: Forward, Midfielder (Left)

Shirt number: 7

Years Active: 2001 – present

Key facts and stats

  • Appeared on more than 803 matches
  • Had a total of 601 goals
  • Golden Boot awardee in 2018-19 (EPL)
  • 2x Player of the Season (EPL)
  • 4x Player of the Month (EPL)
  • Serie A MVP
  • 37% shooting accuracy

Cristiano Ronaldo started playing football professionally in 2002, although he was already a part of the Portugal national team from 2001. He currently captains the Portugal team.

He started playing for Sporting Clube de Portugal B as a reserve in 2002 then, as a senior player the following year. He moved on to Manchester United when he was just 18 years old and Real Madrid from 2003 to 2009 and 2009 to 2018, respectively. In 2018, he transferred to Juventus.

His 2009 transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid has been one of the most expensive transfers in the world of football worth £80 million ($97 million) then. He broke this record when he signed up with Juventus with a transfer worth £100 million ($121 million). It was the highest-paid amount for a football player older than 30 years old. 

Hailed as one of the greatest football players of all time, Ronaldo has a total of 803 league appearances in a total of 17 leagues and cups. His most appearances are in La Liga (292), Premier League (196), and Champions League (162).

He scored the most goals at La Liga with 311, followed by Champions League with 126. He only had 84 goals so far for playing at the Premier League. He had a total of 601 goals as of 2018-19 season. Ronaldo is also the highest goalscorer of all-time among European players.

Ronaldo’s Premier League performance is widely received especially his last three seasons with the United. He had three championships and four Player of the Month awards. He was given the Golden Boot in the 2007-08 season, which means he was the leading goalscorer overall of that season. Ronaldo was also a two-time Player of the Season from 2006 to 2008.

He has a total of 29 trophies that include six league titles. Ronaldo has five Ballon d’Or awards; the most any European player has. He received his first Ballon d’Or when he was just 22 years old. He also had the most European Golden Shoe awards. Ronaldo was the current Serie A Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Ronaldo is known as an indirect set-piece threat. He likes to cut inside and do layoffs. Ronaldo has a solid finishing despite his very weak offside awareness. He dribbles, passes, and holds to the ball, but his defensive contributions are on the weaker side. He has a shooting accuracy of 37%.

The highest-paid athlete, Ronaldo’s popularity as a premier football player is evident in his influence on the youth. He has a celebrity status and compels the likes of Forbes to include him on its 100 most influential people worldwide list in 2014.

He has more than 170 million followers on Instagram – the most followed to date.

 

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Top Tennis Quotes: Victory, Humility, Championship, and Passion

Andre Agassi famously said, “In tennis, you’re on an island. Of all the games, men and women play, tennis is the closest to solitary confinement.”

Indeed, the top is a lonely place.

But, time and again, it is not always about the greatest tennis player of all time. Their words are all the more reason these men and women deserve respect.

Famous tennis quotes

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it. ~ Jimmy Connors

Freed from the thoughts of winning, I instantly play better. I stop thinking; start feeling. My shots become a half-second quicker, my decisions become the product of instinct rather than logic. ~ Andre Agassi

I just try to play tennis and don’t find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore. ~ Goran Ivanisevic

I play each point like my life depends on it. ~ Rafael Nadal

It’s one-on-one out there, man. There ain’t no hiding. I can’t pass the ball. ~ Pete Sampras

If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration. ~ Serena Williams

I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself. ~ Justine Henin

As a tennis player, you have to get used to losing every week. Unless you win the tournament, you always go home as a loser. But you have to take the positive out of a defeat and go back to work. Improve to fail better. ~ Stan Wawrinka

Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy. ~ Rafael Nadal

Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there. ~ Venus Williams

Tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love — the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. ~ Andre Agassi

If you don’t practice, you don’t deserve to win. ~ Andre Agassi

The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst. ~ Martina Navratilova

In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach. ~ Andy Murray

I enjoyed the position I was in as a tennis player. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. And I really like that, because I played soccer a lot too, and I couldn’t stand it when I had to blame it on the goalkeeper. ~ Roger Federer

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. ~ Arthur Ashe

What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well. ~ John McEnroe

Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good. ~ Serena Williams

As a tennis player you can win and you can lose, and you have to be ready for both. I practised self-control as a kid. But as you get older they both – winning and losing – get easier. ~ Rafael Nadal

Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come. ~ Serena Williams

You don’t have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if you’re a good athlete, it doesn’t mean you’re not a woman. ~ Martina Navratilova

You’ll hear a lot of applause in your life, but none will mean more to you than that applause from your peers. I hope each of you hears that at the end. ~ Andre Agassi

I’ve been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience. ~ Maria Sharapova

I don’t mind fans coming up in a friendly, respectful way. That’s all part of the fun of being a top tennis player. But if people take pictures without permission, particularly if my children are in the shot, I feel uncomfortable. ~ Roger Federer

 

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Player Feature: Novak Djokovic

Full Name: Novak Djokovic 

Birthdate: May 22, 1987

Birthplace: Belgrade, SR Serbia 

Years active: 2003 – present

ATP Rank: #1

Key facts and statistics

  • One of the Big Four of men’s tennis
  • Had the highest Elo rating
  • 16 Grand Slam titles
  • Held the 4 major titles at once
  • 5x ATP #1 tennis player in men’s singles
  • Has 75 singles titles

Novak Djokovic is dubbed as one of the best male tennis players of the Open era and of all-time. He ranks among the rosters of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras, and Bjorn Borg.

An aggressive baseline player, there is something unique about Djokovic’s all-court (albeit modern) playing style. He is known for his deep and penetrating groundstrokes. But his backhand underspin is legendary with its consistent pace and precision – even considered as the best in this era. 

Djokovic is both a defensive and offensive player. He can easily convert positions on seemingly defensive positions. 

He turns to his serves as a weapon to win free points. The same goes with his return of serves; John McEnroe even said that Djokovic is the most outstanding returner in tennis history.

Together with Federer, Nadal, and Andy Murray, they formed the Big Four. The players dominate men’s tennis division in terms of ranking and victories. Djokovic has the highest Elo rating of the four, though, because of his records in winning against quality opponents. He was the only player to defeat the top three tennis players within one season.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) currently rank him as the #1 player in men’s singles. He was a five-time #1 player, grabbing the position in a total of 250 weeks. He was the only Serbian to achieve the ranking as well as win a Grand Slam singles title.

Djokovic has numerous titles under his belt; 75 titles. He has a total of 16 Grand Slam titles, reaching the Career Grand Slam title after winning the 2016 French Open. He was the eighth player to do so.

He was also the third tennis player who holds four major titles at once, on different surfaces. His major titles include seven Australian Opens, five Wimbledons, three US Opens, and one French Open.

He was consistently on tours since he started playing professionally as well. Djokovic has won 33 ATP Tour Masters, 12 ATP Tour 500s and five ATP Finals. He holds the record for being the only male player to win tournaments under Masters 1000.

With all these, he was always the consistent half on the best rivalries on the court. Not just against his Big Four contemporaries, but also Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, and Juan Martin del Potro. In all their meetings, Djokovic prevailed.

One of the cited reasons for his court endurance and agility is his vegan diet. In 2010, his coaching team, which included Igor Četojević, a nutritionist, discovered that he has a gluten intolerance. Gluten was removed from his diet. He became stronger and quicker after the change.

Aside from playing tennis, he also devotes his time to his vegan restaurant in Monte Carlo that he opened in 2016.

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