He’s arguably the best footballer of recent times, setting and breaking records as he continues to be among those who dominate world football today.

A phenomenon to watch, Ronaldo’s trophy cabinet is one short of that all-important World Cup medal. Injury aside, he will be among those to watch, those who will set the World Cup stage alight, but will he manage to lead Portugal all the way to glory land?

Those in the know-how have argued that Brazil 2014 could provide a platform for Ronaldo and his arch-rival, Argentina’s Lionel Messi, to go one up and lift the coveted trophy, something which could once and for all settle the debate on who’s the best between the two.

Born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, known as Cristiano Ronaldo as well as CR7 to the hordes of his followers, he is a marvel to watch.

Coupled with his talent, there’s his sublime dribbling skills and his poise in front of goal. He bangs them like a past-time.

The reigning Ballon d’OR holder, his second in his successful career, is known for his ball supremacy, his wizardry, sheer skill and brilliance in front of goal.

On any given day Ronaldo is a handful to his opponents. He possesses the ability to tear any defence apart, single-handedly. His eye for goal and soccer intelligence has earned CR7 a reputation as a menace to the opposition’s defence. Coupled with his talent, there’s his sublime dribbling skills and his poise in front of goal. He bangs them like a past-time.

To his name, Ronaldo boosts tags like FIFA World Player of the year, the Golden Boot winner as well as being named the UEFA Club Forward of the Year.

This season was splendid to him, proving his prowess on the field of play and showcasing why he’s up there among the best. Ahead of winning this year’s Ballon d’OR, Ronaldo had this to say: “I do not have to prove anything to anyone. I think I have come to show what I am in the last years, scoring 40-50 goals every season. It is there for anyone to see and it reflects the player I am. Am I the best in the world? I am not obsessed with it.”

– By Tshepo Tsheole