it’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.

One player alone doesn’t make a team. I am here to help, but I’m just one player more for Portugal. It’s true that I might be able to make a difference in many games, but I don’t carry the entire team on my shoulders. I’m one more player to help…Portugal is not just me.

Portugal’s captain, Cristiano Ronaldo [15/6/2014]

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I like football. I like a specific football club. I like footballers. Thinking the footballers are hot is not the reason behind all of these. I love football because it is more than a game : it is a passion, a lifestyle. I support a football club because i have been in love with it since the day i was little and not because the football club always fucking win. I am not in love with footballers because they're hot, i adore and admire them for their style of playing, for their creativity. They always try to win and don't care how many goals they have conceded, they only care to know how many they'll score. So fuck yeah. Football is my whole life.
You know what annoys his haters more than the fact that he’s so incredibly successful? The fact that he couldn’t care any less about their hateful opinions. It kills them that he keeps succeeding anyway, as if they weren’t even there. I’m telling you…his mental strength is unique in this sport.
—  BEIN Sports - Commentator on Cristiano Ronaldo