Cristiano Ronaldo started his career with Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga, Portugal's premier professional soccer league. On August 6, 2003, the legendary Manchester United traveled to play a friendly at the Estadio José Alválade, Sporting CP's home stadium. Then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was so impressed by Ronaldo's exceptional performance, that he enthusiastically acquired the striker from Sporting CP six days after the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently ranked as one of the top-2 best active players in professional soccer in addition to being ranked among the greatest of all time. To date, Ronaldo has amassed 30 major trophies across a series of leagues in his career –including the Ballon d'Or, the most prestigious individual soccer award, in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Most recently, Ronaldo scored his 760th career goal, surpassing the legendary Pelé and making him the leader for most goals scored by a player in soccer history.
Rookie cards of all time greats continue to see outsized market demand. Given that only 40 of these Ronaldo Panini rookie cards have achieved a BGS 9.5 grade, acquiring one is all the more impressive and valuable.