Professional soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is an inspiration to many. He’s someone who excels in any competition or circumstance, and is generally considered one of the greatest soccer players to have ever played the game. He’s also the first soccer player to earn over $1 billion dollars.
However, Ronaldo’s life wasn’t always easy. He grew up in one of the poorest areas in Madeira, had a difficult childhood, and his father died when he was only 20. Through it all, Ronaldo believed in himself; believed he was destined for greatness. And now, his accomplishments speak for themselves.
Ronaldo takes pride in having a winning mindset. He is someone who takes hate as motivation – as fuel – to perform better. And in the process of building one of soccer’s most impressive resumés, he’s motivated people to work hard, be humble, and continue to learn.
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo give some words of inspiration below.
Ronaldo has won 5 Ballon d’Or awards; he holds the record for most goals in the UEFA Champions League, and in the FIFA World Cup; he’s received the FIFA Player of the Year Award, and has twice won Best FIFA Men’s Player.
There are also hundreds of other national and regional awards. But on the field success aside, Ronaldo has also built a formidable personal brand. He’s the owner of multiple hotels in Portugal, owns gyms throughout Europe, and even founded a hair transplant clinic in Spain.
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It’s true that you can’t build a brand like that without professional success. But you also can’t do it without a strong sense of self, and an understanding of your personal values. Ronaldo’s winning mindset and unmatched confidence are possible because he has a clear vision of who he wants to be, and where he wants to go. He is dedicated to self-improvement and has an insatiable will to continue to win.
Ronaldo is someone that people — and young footballers, in particular — are eager to learn from. And he’s never been shy about sharing his approach to the game.
Here are 7 Ronaldo quotes that are worthy of being put on a locker room wall.
“I want to consistently play well and win titles. I’m only at the beginning.”
“Talent isn’t everything. You can have it from the cradle, but it is necessary to learn the trade to be the best.”
“If we can’t help our family, who are we going to help?”
“I don’t mind people hating me, because it pushes me.”
“I would be very proud if, one day, I’m held in the same esteem as George Best or Beckham. It’s what I’m working hard towards.”
“I prefer other people to make judgments about the way I play and to characterize me, rather me describe myself.”
“I don’t have to show anything to anyone. There is nothing to prove.”