Today, on his 39th birthday, the football community honours a legend approaching the end of his remarkable career. Ronaldo's impact was indisputable he was once an unstoppable force who routinely tore down defences and rewrote record books. 

Let's examine ten of his most outstanding accomplishments, cemented his status as one of the finest players ever to have played the beautiful game.

Most-capped men's footballer  

 Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for most international caps in men's football. CR7 has played 205 international matches for Portugal

First player to 800 career goals

Cristiano Ronaldo is the first footballer to record 800 senior-level goals (for club and country combined)

Most international goals in world football

Cristiano Ronaldo stands alone at the top of the world football with the most goals scored by a player.

The only player to score in 11 consecutive international tournaments 

Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to score in 11 consecutive international tournaments in the men's football.

The first player in men's international player to score 10 hat-tricks

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 hat-tricks for Portugal's senior men's team. With that Ronaldo has to his name the record for most hat-tricks in the men's international football.

First player to score in 5 different World Cup editions

Cristiano Ronaldo is the first male player to score in five World Cups. Ronaldo achieved the feat in Portugal's opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar against Ghana.

Most Champions League appearances

At 183 Champions League appearances, Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record of playing in the most matches in the UEFA Champions League, the most premium European club competition.

Most Champions League goals in a single season

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 17 Champions League goals for Real Madrid during the 2013-14 season. With that he became the player with the most goals in a single Champions League season.

Most Champions League title wins

Cristiano Ronaldo also holds the record of winning the Champions League for the most times. Ronaldo has won the Champions League for a record five times.