If I asked you to name one of the greatest soccer players of all time, a few names may instantly come to the tip of your tongue. However, it is undeniable that Cristiano Ronaldo would be one of the most instantly recognizable options.
The unbelievably talented player is currently worth a whopping 500 million dollars making him one of the richest athletes across the globe.
It is indisputable that he is revered as one of the greatest of his generation and he certainly has the stats to prove it. He has five Ballon d’Or awards, four European Golden Shoes, as well as 32 trophies under his belt, including a massive seven league titles, five EUFA champions leagues, and a UEFA European Championship.
And his fans have cheered and celebrated as he has sunk, not one hundred, two hundred, or even five hundred footballs into the back of the net, but a massive 817 goals.
There is even a discussion that should Ronaldo still be playing into his mid-forties that he could be on track to score a massive 1000 goals throughout his career.
And it is not just in his preferred sport that Ronaldo shows great success and achievement. The soccer star is also very academic.
While you may already be well aware of the legacy that the player has created for himself, you may not know that he can also speak many languages. Ronaldo is proficient in English, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
He speaks some more fluently than others, but this ability is still majorly impressive. Anyone who has tried to learn another language knows the amount of time and effort that has to go into such a challenge!
Ronaldo & The Languages He Speaks
Let’s take a closer look at the languages that Ronaldo can speak.
One of the most common questions that you’ll find in terms of Ronaldo and the languages he can speak is can Ronaldo speak English? And the answer is yes, he can.
I suppose considering that he has resided in England for 6 years from 2003-2009 during his time with Manchester United, it makes sense for the player to learn the language.
(Also, Manchester United fans rejoice for Ronaldo returned to the club once more in 2021 -but that’s a conversation for another time.)
When Ronaldo first joined the club he was all but 18 years old and was ready to dedicate time to learning the language. Though it was difficult at first, by the time he left the club in 2009 he was fully fluent.
Ronaldo has also proven that he can keep a conversation in Italian too. He joined the Italian club Juventus back in 2018. However, it is clear that of the languages that he can speak this is possibly his least favorite or least comfortable option.
Though there is evidence of the soccer superstar both understanding and speaking Italian, he will often choose to reply in other languages that he is more comfortable with.
Whether this is because he is unable to find the words for certain interview answers or because it just comes more naturally is hard to determine.
Either way, I think it shows great dedication and respect that Ronaldo takes the time to learn about the language of the team that he plays for.
While playing for Real Madrid for almost a decade, Ronaldo learned how to fluently speak the Spanish language. Ronaldo transferred to Real Madrid in 2009 and the fee for the privilege was a whopping 100 million dollars – the largest transfer fee in history.
As with his previous moves, Ronaldo understood the importance of being able to speak the language of the country he was working in and picked up this language pretty easily and quickly.
As Ronaldo was born and raised in Portugal, it was probably a fairly easy language for the soccer player to pick up considering Spanish and Portuguese are very similar.
It’s not very often that you’ll hear Ronaldo speaking in his native tongue, but he can do so fluently and effortlessly. Having grown up in Funchal, Portuguese is actually Ronaldo’s first language.
It is a fair assumption, then, to make that this is the language that Ronaldo probably understands the most clearly since it was learned from birth. And the languages that we learn as children are always easier to pick up than those that we learn later on in life.
So why do we not often hear the player speaking in this language? Well, Portuguese is not as well known worldwide as languages such as English and Spanish. So it is likely that for interviews and such that he will use more globally understood languages.
Typically, the interviews where we hear from the player are also in the countries that he has played for, as so it is likely just down to a lack of opportunity.
As you can see, when this world-class soccer player transfers to a new country for his work, he will take the time and dedication to learn that native tongue. All of the languages that the player can speak coincide with the different teams that he has played for.
I must say this only adds to the level of respect that I have for this already massively respected player. Learning a new language is no easy feat.
Many people struggle to learn but one extra language but to speak three languages fluently and understand a fourth is just incredible.
It is clear that Ronaldo is not only incredibly physically talented but also very academically gifted too.
It is not hard to see how the player has been accredited as someone of greatness. He is one of the best players of all time and I am excited to see what the future holds for this player.
And who knows, if the player transfers to another team before retirement, perhaps this