While the bar has been raised every season by the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and company, one player that has been able to keep up is the Portuguese captain, Cristiano.
Criticized for his lack of team effort, for his arrogance and gloating, the former Manchester United man has every reason to be proud of his achievements.
While he struggles to shrug off the mighty Argentinian to the throne of World Footballer of the year, having come second for the past three years and once wearing the crown himself not so long ago, Ronaldo has been praised by his peers for his professionalism on and off the pitch.
In today's age, where so much of what happens outside of football characterizes a footballer, a player with so much influence away from the pitch has remained true to himself once he steps onto the field.
Known for his well-paying endorsement deals with the likes of Armani, Nike, Coca Cola and Castrol, Ronaldo has an estimated net worth of around $160 million.
But what has gotten him to where he is...??