30 pictures that define Cristiano Ronaldo on his 30th birthday

05 February 2015 07:01

It’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s 30th birthday. For some players that marks the start of the slide to the end of their careers – but somehow he still seems to be getting better.

To celebrate, here’s a look back at some of the most typically Cristiano photos we could find…


One day, my boy, you’re gonna be a star…

Cristiano Ronaldo as a child
(VI Images)

“Little boy, big dreams”


Just to prove he did play for Sporting Lisbon once upon a time…

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating a goal for Sporting Lisbon
(VI Images)


Signing for Manchester United – whatever happened to Kleberson?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Kleberson sign for Manchester united
(Martin Rickett/PA)

He didn’t always look cool…

Cristiano Ronaldo and three other Manchester United players at a Vodafone event
(Fiona Hanson/PA)

Two Premier League greats.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo tries to hold off a challenge by Arsenal's Thierry Henry
(Martin Rickett/PA)


That wink.


The joy.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring for Manchester United
(Martin Rickett/PA)

The pain.

Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after missing a chance
(Neal Simpson/EMPICS)


You can see why Madrid seemed like an attractive option.

Cristiano Ronaldo in a freezing cold training session
(Barry Coombs/EMPICS)


Not many people give a look like that to Sir Alex and get away with it.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alex Ferguson in a press conference
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Some say his football is divine.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Tottenham
(Jon Super/AP)

His precious…

Cristiano Ronaldo kisses the Premier League trophy
(Nick Potts/PA)

And off to Madrid he goes.

Cristiano Ronaldo gives the thumbs-up during his Real Madrid medical
(Alejandro Gonzalez/AP)


Now we’re not saying this is a dive, but…

Cristiano Ronaldo falls theatrically after being tackled
(Andres Kudacki/AP)

Meeting a hero.

Cris v Pep.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo pushes Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola
(Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP)


In the spotlight.

A photographer takes a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo
(Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EFE)

A familiar and scary sight for goalkeepers.

Cristiano ROnaldo lines up a free-kick for Real Madrid
(Adam Davy/PA)

Cristiano v Zlatan – and Ronaldo drags his team single-handedly to the World Cup.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Sweden
(Armando Franca/AP)

In his underwear – we had to include one…


Crying as he collects the Ballon d’Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo cries as accepts the Ballon d'Or from Pele
(Steffen Schmidt/AP)


Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo attempts an overhead kick
(Andres Kudacki/AP)

He’s behind you.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi plaing for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively
(Paul White/AP)

Bare-chested destoyer.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring in the Champions League final
(Paulo Duarte/AP)

World Cup disappointment – again…

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected at the World Cup
(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

He scored four against Elche, then did this.

Crisitiano Ronaldo holds a ball aloft
(Andres Kudacki/AP)

We’re not sure, but we think that’s mutual respect.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo during a friendly between Argentina and Portugal
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS)


That roar.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning the Ballon d'Or
(Walter Bieri/AP)

The next generation…

Cristiano Ronaldo with his son at the Ballon d'Or
(Liewig Christian/ABACA)

Source: SNAPPA