This year’s Ballon D’Or winner needs no introduction. One of the best to ever play the game, Cristiano Ronaldo has established himself as an icon in both football and pop culture, as well as being an ambassador for Portugal throughout the world.
Having started his professional career in Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal, he transferred to Manchester United in 2003, and later became the most expensive footballer in history when he was transferred to Real Madrid in 2009 for a staggering €94 million. Since then he has gone on to win 2 FIFA Ballon D’Or awards, 2 Champions League titles among countless other awards. His skill, power, speed, finishing and his free-kick ability make him a force to be reckoned with inside the field, and his mental focus and work ethic make him a leader, captaining the Portuguese national team.