Happy Birthday Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar: Two legendary footballers of the world’s most popular game football, Cristiano Ronaldo (39th) and Brazilian star striker Neymar are celebrating their (32nd) birthday today. Cristiano was born on this day on February 5, 1985 in Portugal. Neymar Jr. was also born on this day in Brazil. Both are included among the top players in the world of football. On this special occasion, GOAT (Greatest of All Time) has been trending on ‘X’. His fans are congratulating in their own style.

Let us tell you that there is a lot of similarity in the stories of the two best footballers of the world – Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, both of them overcame the struggle and became great players. Currently, the captain of Saudi Premier League club Al Nasr, Ronaldo is called a goal machine, while Neymar’s stature is also no less. Neymar is currently playing for Al-Hilal in the Saudi Arabian League, before this Neymar used to play for Barcelona. There he got a chance to play with another greatest player of the world, Argentinian captain Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo once lived under a tin roof

Ronaldo was born in a very poor family in Portugal. His father was a gardener and his mother used to go to other’s houses to clean and cook food. It is said that his father was addicted to alcohol, hence the responsibility of running the house was on his mother’s shoulders. Ronaldo was the youngest of four siblings. His family lived in a tin roofed house. Ronaldo was admitted to school amidst difficult circumstances. It was from here that Ronaldo’s journey of becoming a footballer began.

Ronaldo was more interested in football than studies

Ronaldo was more interested in playing football than studying. At the age of just eight, he started playing football for the local team. Later he was selected for the Under-17 World Cup. Seeing his talent at the age of 18, Manchester United signed him for 17 million US dollars. After that Ronaldo never looked back. Ronaldo, who was synonymous with Spanish club Real Madrid for years, is currently playing for Saudi Arabia’s ‘Al Nassr’ club. According to Forbes, Ronaldo’s net worth in April 2022 was 849 million. His fan following is also in millions. It is noteworthy that Ronaldo has scored more than 800 goals in his career. During this time he has played for the club and his country.

Big achievement in Ronaldo’s name

Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award a record 5 times in his football career. Which is given to the best football player in the world. Ronaldo holds many records, including being the first player to score 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo also has his own lifestyle brand “CR7”, in which shoes, perfumes etc. are marketed.

Brazil’s Neymar grew up in a slum area

Like Ronaldo, Neymar also spent his childhood in poverty. Neymar’s family lived in a slum called Mogi das Crujes in Sao Paulo. His father was also a good football player, but the financial condition of the house was not good. To run the family, Neymar’s father did different types of jobs. Due to poverty, many times the family was not able to even pay the electricity bill. In such a situation, if the electricity in the house was cut, Neymar and his family would have to spend the day in darkness.

Neymar first started his career as a street footballer. Despite poverty, the father helped his son to become a footballer. At the age of just 11, Neymar joined Brazil’s famous FC Santos club. After this he did not look back. At the age of 17, Neymar signed his first senior contract with FC Santos. In 2009, Neymar was the captain of the Under-17 Brazil team. This year his earnings had crossed 10 thousand dollars i.e. seven lakh rupees. But this was just the beginning. In August 2017, when Neymar left Barcelona and signed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain club, he received 222 million euros i.e. Rs 19,37 crore. This made him the most expensive football player in the world. Then his age was 26 years.

These achievements are associated with Neymar’s name

Neymar has many achievements to his name. He won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2015–16, the same season where he was the tournament’s top goalscorer with 10 goals. Neymar has been a part of the LaLiga-winning Barcelona team on two occasions, in 2014/15 and 2015/16. With the Brazilian national team, he has won a Confederations Cup as well as a gold medal at the Olympics 2016 in Rio. Neymar was successful in scoring 2 goals in the match against Bolivia in the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers. In the match, Brazil achieved a big victory over Bolivia by 5-1 and Neymar also created history. Neymar Jr. became Brazil’s all-time goal scorer. By doing this he broke the record of former legend Pele.

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