Twelve years after winning his first Premier League title with United the five-time Ballon d’Or winner did it again last weekend by helping Juventus to the Serie A title in his first season in Italy.
Other players have won titles in three of the five major European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France) but nobody had previously put together the combination of England, Spain and Italy.
David Beckham played in four of the top leagues but only won titles at United (six), Madrid (one) and Paris Saint-Germain (one), having failed to lift the Serie A trophy during his two loan spells at AC Milan.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic won four Serie A titles (three with Inter Milan and one with AC Milan), the Spanish league with Barcelona and four French championships with PSG. Brazil fullback Maxwell was on many of those same teams as Ibrahimovic and also won in Italy, Spain and France.
Then there was Arjen Robben, who won the Premier League twice with Chelsea before adding a Spanish title at Real Madrid and seven Bundesliga trophies at Bayern Munich.
Another Dutchman who achieved the feat was Mark van Bommel, with titles with Barcelona, Bayern Munich (two) and AC Milan. While Juventus also won the league in the seven seasons before Ronaldo’s arrival, there was no doubting his impact in Turin. With nineteen goals and six assists in twenty-seven Italian league matches this season, 34 year-old Ronaldo played a part in nearly forty percent of Juventus’ goals.
So it came as no surprise when his dangerous cross from a sharp angle was redirected in by a defender as an own-goal for the winner in Juve’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina; giving the Bianconeri more than the single point they needed to secure a record-extending eighth straight title with five rounds remaining.
Next season Ronaldo will have his sights set on a Champions League title with Juventus which would enable him to match another multiple nation and multiple team record - joining Clarence Seedorf as the only players to win the trophy with three different clubs.