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Cristiano Ronaldo: Career in Pictures

By Thomas Oakey Slide 1 of 18: Photo

The rise of a global football superstar

Cristiano Ronaldo's career trajectory has seen him grow from a coltish youngster with a precocious talent to one of the best footballers of a generation, taking some of Europe's most prestigious clubs as well as captaincy of the Portuguese national team along the way. Having reached 400 career goals at the start of 2014, the 28-year-old is now one of three nominees hoping to be awarded the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the best performing footballer of the year.

On the eve of the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony, we look back at the superstar winger's career so far. Click or swipe through the images to read the rest of the story.

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