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Summary

The definitive biography of Cristiano Ronaldo, named Football Book of the Year at the Cross Sports Book Awards 2016.

Fully updated to include the 2017-18 season and Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time, a dream he pursued from the age of just 12 when he left his humble origins on Madeira behind.

It wasn't long before he had the biggest clubs in Europe knocking on his door, but it was Manchester United who won the race for his signature. Under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo developed into the complete footballer and athlete, winning three league titles and a Champions League along the way.

He then became the biggest galáctico of them all when he transferred to Real Madrid for a record-breaking fee. Unprecedented success in the Champions League and a record-equalling five Ballons d'Or followed, before his sensational move to Juventus in the summer of 2018.

Guillem Balagué, respected football journalist and expert on the Spanish game, provides the definitive account of a 21st-century footballing icon.

©2020 Guillem Balague (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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The Greatest

I expected a whole lot more from a man that has achieved so much and someone I truly admire on and off the field.

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Terrible

It's very clear from the early stages that the author has a personal dislike for Ronaldo and this continues throughout the book. It's also very poorly written. I'm not a Ronaldo fan but this will definitely put me off buying other books by this author.

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  • Kevin
  • 14-07-22

Talentless writer shamelessly trying to make a buck off someone with talent

It’s a shame that audible really only has one Cristiano Ronaldo autobiography to listen to which is the only reason I bought this book and it was a huge disappointment. The writer clearly hates the soccer player. He’s a terrible writer and I imagine his fact checking is as bad as his writing skills. Most of this reads like an editorial and the parts that are purported to be fact almost undoubtedly are made up garbage. That said, I enjoyed hearing the brief parts about Ronaldo‘s amazing career. This writer would tell you he scored in about 10 words and then spend the next hundred words criticizing how Ronaldo celebrated the goal. He used every opportunity to insult Ronaldo even insinuating that he sleeps with his mother. Finishes the book talking about Ronaldo‘s tax evasion. Imagine that Rachel Maddow wrote a biography about Donald Trump - that’s about what this is.

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  • Anne
  • 19-03-22

Nice

A very nice introduction! I’ve only just gotten into football and the player, so I thought this was a better overview of his life/career/story than the documentary that Ronaldo released a few years back.