It’s often said that “the older the ginger, the spicier it gets.” It’s a metaphor for the idea that those who are more experienced or familiar with something are better at it. It’s a fitting phrase for an elder statesman who steadfastly refuses to fade with the passage of time.
Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Alnasr) once dominated the world of soccer, an unparalleled goal-scorer who was dubbed the “God of the World.” Even he could not seem to ignore the ruthlessness of the passing years as if they were a waste of time. By showing signs of aging with the synth, it was clearly seen that he was nothing more than a human being who could not resist the natural flow of time.
However, Ronaldo was not a ‘silent patriarch’; he took another big step, as if he could not be forgotten as a useless figure. It was a giant step in the history of the game, albeit one that took him off center stage and into the backyard of Asia. He became the first player in world soccer history to go 1,000 games unbeaten.
Climbing the 1,000-meter mark for club and country… where does it end?
In recent days, Ronaldo has taken a series of steps that have earned him the nickname ‘record-breaker’. Not only has he reached 1,000 games (776 wins and 224 draws), but he’s also gone 1,001 games (777 wins and 224 draws) without a defeat (A-match/1st division). It’s an impressive record, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Perhaps this is a natural reaction to the team’s decision to move to Saudi Arabia.
On the 19th of this month (local date), Ronaldo reached the 1,000-match milestone in the first match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) Group Stage E against Persepolis (Iran) (2-0 win). Three days later, on the 22nd, he extended his unbeaten run to one more match against Al Ahli Saudi in the Saudi Arabian Professional League (4-3 win). Ronaldo scored the first and fourth goals in a game that started and ended with a bang.
Ronaldo made his professional first team debut in 2002 with Sporting CP. The Portuguese Primeira Liga began the 2002-2003 season with an unbeaten record of 21 games (13 wins and 8 draws) out of 31 (see table). Through this season, Ronaldo has played a total of 1,183 matches and is unbeaten in 1,001 of them.메이저사이트
In the 2003-2004 season, Ronaldo moved to Manchester United in the English Premier League, where he hit the big leagues in earnest, building an unbeaten record. The team he was most familiar with losing to was Real Madrid. They’ve won 386 of their 438 matches (316 wins and 70 draws), followed by Manchester United (284 wins and 214 draws), Juventus (114 wins and 91 draws), and Alnasr (28 wins and 22 draws).
In the A-match, Ronaldo, who was also the ace and leading scorer for the Portuguese national soccer team, has a remarkable record. In 168 matches (121 wins and 47 draws), he has refused to lose.
“An old tiger is about to pounce on a rabbit, but I don’t know if it’s going to work out.” That’s what the world was saying when Ronaldo left for Saudi Arabia, but his unflappable spirit and body language seem to indicate that he’s not going to let it get to him just yet.