MADRID – Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 32nd birthday yesterday with his family at his house in Spain.
Ronaldo’s mother took to Instagram to post a photo of herself posing with the Ballon d’Or winner and his son, Cristiano Jnr, next to his birthday cake, captioning the picture: ‘Congratulations.’
The Portuguese forward has been given extra time off to celebrate his birthday as the Real Madrid star enjoys a weekend off from football.
Real’s game with Celta Vigo on Sunday was postponed after a storm damaged the roof of the Rio Alto Balaidos Stadium.
Ronaldo has recently been named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich.
Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to the prize.
He also won the Ballon d’Or in December, with both honors recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 but, despite all his success, has only won La Liga once. However, 2016 was quite a year for Ronaldo.
As well as scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout to win the Champions League, rescuing Real with a hat-trick in the final of the Club World Cup, captaining Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and being recognized with a fourth Ballon d’Or, he now has something Messi does not – the honour of being named best Fifa men’s player.
The former Manchester United forward had been the favourite for the award, following a year in which he continued to deliver remarkable statistics: 44 games, 42 goals, 14 assists.
Ronaldo holds the third best minutes-per-goal rate (83.68) of anyone scoring a minimum of 10 goals across Europe’s top five leagues during 2016, behind Luis Suarez (82.57) and Radamel Falcao (59.6).
The Portuguese was top scorer in the Champions League in 2015-16 with 16 goals.