12 January 2014 09:00 | By Thomas Oakey
Cristiano Ronaldo: Career in pictures

The rise of a global football superstar



Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal for Real Madrid (© Reuters/Felix Ordonez)
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal for Real Madrid (© Reuters/Felix Ordonez)
  • Ronaldo in debut action for Sporting (© Rex Features)
  • Ronaldo with Sir Alex Ferguson and Kleberson (L) (© Paul Sanders/Reuters)
  • Ronaldo celebrates FA Cup triumph with Ruud van Nistelrooy (© Rex Features/Graham Chadwick/Daily Mail)
  • Ronaldo celebrates after scoring in the EURO 2004 semi-final (© Rex Features/Jose Joao Sa)
  • Ronaldo celebrates after Wayne Rooney (R) scores in the 2006 League Cup final (© Rex Features/Graham Chadwick/Daily Mail)
  • England and Portugal clash at the 2006 World Cup (© Kieran Doherty/Reuters)
  • Ronaldo in action for Manchester United (© Eddie Keogh/Reuters)
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Cristiano Ronaldo's career trajectory has seen him grow from a coltish youngster with a precocious talent to one of the best footballers of a generation, taking some of Europe's most prestigious clubs as well as captaincy of the Portuguese national team along the way. Having reached 400 career goals at the start of 2014, the 28-year-old is now one of three nominees hoping to be awarded the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the best performing footballer of the year.

On the eve of the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony, we look back at the superstar winger's career so far. Click or swipe through the images to read the rest of the story.

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