By Mike Parrott
Cristiano Ronaldo has developed into one of the best leaders in world football over the years. From being a wonderkid at Manchester United, the boy has turned into a man over the 17 years.
Cristiano Ronaldo has really changed over the decades he's been in the spotlight of world football.
Being known as a cocky winger at Manchester United when he joined in 2003 at the age of 18, Ronaldo has slowly developed into an incredible leader, something that you wouldn't have expected if someone told you that in 2003.
Cristiano Ronaldo won't stop asking Bruno Fernandes about life at Manchester United :eyes: pic.twitter.com/QTFVPGtyzG
- Goal (@goal) August 26, 2020
The Portuguese forward obviously has his fair share of personal awards including five Ballon D'Ors, but Ronaldo has become a massive leader for Juventus and was prior at Real Madrid.
He famously led his country to the European Championship in 2016, donning a coaching role in the final after succumbing to injury.
However, a Twitter user has compiled all these moments, primarily for Real Madrid, that shows how much of a leader that spiny Portuguese winger has become over the years.
Some of these moments of leadership include sticking up for his teammates, especially Karim Benzema.
Benzema was credited as being the biggest sacrifice for Ronaldo's immense success at Real Madrid, taking up a deeper role and not caring about his goal output so Ronaldo could thrive.
Ronaldo returned all the goodwill by constantly defending the Frenchman against the crowds booing him when he missed chances, or getting the fans to praise him when he laid off nice assists.
This leadership and teamwork from Ronaldo goes very below the radar when discussing his talent and the Portuguese forward should be remembered even more so for these great intangibles.
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