At 38 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to shine at the highest levels, with an amazing physique. The Portuguese star, who is accustomed to silencing his critics on the field, did not hesitate to respond sharply to the recent statements of former Portuguese hope Fabio Paim.
In the world of football, career longevity is often linked to determination, hard work and the ability to hold oneself accountable. Cristiano Ronaldo embodies these values and translates them on the field in every match, even at the age of 38. His exceptional career is the result of unwavering personal discipline and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
Recently, former Portuguese forward Fabio Paim, now 35, spoke about his career and highlighted the difference in path between him and Cristiano Ronaldo. Paym, who joined Sporting aged seven, lamented his untapped potential. He said that if he had adopted the same mentality as CR7, his career would have taken a completely different direction.
” Cristiano Ronaldo should give me one of his Ballon d’Or. I went to Sporting when I was seven years old, I grew up there. I grew up there. Those were glorious years when I earned everything I could. I didn’t get to where I could have been, but I left my mark on an entire generation. If people don’t forget me, it’s because I made an impression on them. I joked that I thought Cristiano Ronaldo could give me the Ballon d’Or. But I was humble. If I had half Cristiano’s mentality, it wouldn’t be him and Messi. It would be me, him and Messi, and he probably wouldn’t have won the Ballon d’Or that he won. Maybe one of them was mine “, he said in comments reported by A Bola.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to these comments was scathing. ” Wtf, who is this guy? The Victory Commander replied. With this reaction, the Portuguese shows his indifference to his compatriot’s allegations.