Cristiano Ronaldo on his leadership style, ‘discipline them’ approach explained

Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, leads by example rather than words as a captain, though he's not hesitant to enforce discipline when needed.

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The recipient of five Ballon d’Or awards, Cristiano Ronaldo, prefers to lead by example rather than words, yet he doesn’t shy away from administering “discipline” when necessary. With his extensive experience, he’s the perfect candidate to wear the captain’s armband for both club and country, being regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history.

In a conversation with UEFA’s official website regarding his captaincy approach, Ronaldo stated, “Every professional player has their own style. I think that leadership is based on who we are, how we feel, and what we’ve learnt during our journey as professionals. I try to lead in a way that I think is productive. I want to be a player who helps others, someone they can look up to, see as a role model, and be a good professional. I like to do things by example, as I usually say. I’m not one to talk much but instead I like to show them who I am. And, when push comes to shove, when things aren’t right, you have to know when to discipline them and when to support them. But when things are good, you have to be with them and work together. Leadership style is very personal, but, within this team, we have a lot of leaders in their own way, and that’s one of the reasons I think that we’re a great national team.”

As Portugal gears up for Euro 2024, which marks Ronaldo’s 11th major international tournament, he remains determined to captain his team to victory. Ronaldo expressed his optimism, stating, “I firmly believe that this team will bring a lot of joy to the Portuguese fans, beginning with this EURO. However, in my opinion, the best generation of players are always those who win [trophies]. I hope this national team will win because it’s an incredibly talented squad. As we all know, though, talent alone is not enough to win. There are many things that go into winning a major tournament like this one. We have all the ingredients to win it, but we’ll take it one step at a time, game by game, all the while believing that we can win it. What we achieved in 2016 was historic, both in Portuguese football and world football. Now we have our feet firmly on the ground but our mind up in the sky to look up and see that it is possible to win the EURO.”

Ronaldo has amassed an impressive 206 appearances for his country, scoring 128 goals, rewriting records along the way. His exceptional performance in Saudi Arabia indicates that thoughts of retirement are far from his mind.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 39

188 cm

83 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 4 1 Missed
Minutes 412 103.0 Avg
Goals 3 0.8 Avg
Assist 0 0.0 Avg
Attempt 15 3.8 Avg
Passes 111 27.874.8% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.3 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 4 times for 412 minutes for Kings Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo  scored 3 goals for Al Nassr. He procured no assists. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Kings Cup. In the last match Al Nassr won 4-2 against Al Ittihad.

Al Nassr performance and stats

Al Nassr

Manager: Luís Ribeiro de Castro
Rank 2nd
Win 25
Draw 2
Loss 4
Goals 93-37
Diff 56