Perhaps there will not be another country as magical as Portugal. It was originally a small country on the Iberian Peninsula, but it dominated the world in one fell swoop in the 15th century and became a maritime power at that time.
Now that 600 years have passed, the past glory and heyday are long gone. But this small country is unwilling to decline, relying on a brand new force to demonstrate its national prestige.
The westernmost point of the European continent-Cape Roca (Miss Melinger/Photography)
Portugal is the first country I came to when I set foot on the European continent. In Lisbon in winter, the sky was gloomy, with light rain, and the sea breeze from the Atlantic overturned the thick coats.
Peaceful Lisbon in the Rain (Miss Melinger/Photography)
The strange thing is that the wind makes people unable to open their eyes, but the body is warm. In such a warm and oceanic atmosphere, the great nautical monument standing quietly by the sea has a special sense of solemnity.
The world-famous Portuguese Nautical Monument is magnificent. Not far from this monument, there is the Belém Tower, a famous attraction in Lisbon.
The starting point of navigators-Belem Tower (Miss Melinger/Photography)
The Nautical Monument was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry, the first hero in Portuguese maritime history. The shape of the monument is like a big ship with a huge sail. On this monument stands 80 statues of sailors standing on the bow. It was Prince Henry, the pioneer of Portuguese navigation.
A cross-shaped sculpture can be seen from the side of the stele, which looks like a long sword. The designer uses this sword to symbolize sacrifice and adventure, and also expresses the deep respect of the Portuguese people for the courage of these adventurers.
HNA Monument by the Tejo River (Miss Melinger/Photography)
In addition to Prince Henry, there are also famous and famous people we know on this monument. Da Gama, Magellan and other figures that changed the history of the world all appeared one by one. With their backs on the Iberian Peninsula and facing the Atlantic Ocean, they took the lead in their journey to conquer the world.
These navigators who dared to take risks to change the world probably would not have imagined that today, six hundred years later, in this land, their descendants are also conquering the world in another way.
Statue of Jesus in Lisbon (Miss Melinger/Photography)
Prince Henry was the first person to start the age of navigation in this country. Although he did not personally go to sea in his life, he set up a navigation school in the country, continued to encourage the navigation career in the name of the country, and cultivated batches of geniuses for Portugal. navigator. His fleet opened the true "Era of Great Navigation" for the small country of Portugal.
More than 500 years after Prince Henry opened the world through the ocean, a little boy named Eusebio was born. It was he who opened a new era of Portuguese conquest of world football.
People say that heroes come from a young age, and this sentence is perfect for Portuguese heroes.
Prince Henry did not enjoy the extravagant and stable life of the royal family since he was a child. Instead, he read books and yearned for adventure. In 1415, when he was only 21 years old, he was the commander-in-chief of Ceuta (Spain's possession in North Africa), which opened the beginning of the Portuguese expansion.
19-year-old Eusebio is equally unreconciled with 19-year-old Prince Henry. At a young age, he has already shined in world football. He led Benfica to reverse Real Madrid with a score of 5:3 in the 1962 Champions League final, winning the first Champions League trophy in club history.
At that time, the 19-year-old Eusebio ended the myth of Real Madrid's five consecutive championships. In the World Cup four years later, the Portuguese team encountered the Brazilian team with Pele in the group stage. As a result, "Panther" Eusebio scored twice in the game and finally helped Portugal defeat Brazil by a score of 3:1. . In the quarter-finals that followed, facing the mysterious division of North Korea, Portugal was three goals behind, with Eusebio's outstanding performance, and finally a strong 5:3 reversal of North Korea and victory.
In that World Cup, although the Portuguese team failed to win the World Cup as they wished, they also won a third place medal, creating Portugal's best results in the World Cup. "Black Panther" Eusebio became the top scorer of the World Cup. Since then, the name of the legendary Portuguese archer has become famous all over the world, and his story has inspired generations of young people in Portugal.
Eusebio showed the world the power of football from Portugal, but few people know that the Portuguese football king was not born in Portugal. He was originally born in Mozambique in southern Africa and later became a Portuguese citizen. A legend has been achieved.
So how did this great football legend come to Portugal from Mozambique thousands of kilometers away?
Speaking of this, we have to sigh the historical coincidence. The story is closely related to another famous Portuguese navigator.
This person is Da Gama.
The famous navigator Da Gama was the first to help Portugal establish a colonial base in Mozambique.
Da Gama can be said to be a connecting figure in the history of Portuguese navigation. He successfully bypassed the Cape of Good Hope and opened up a sailing route from Europe to India. This feat also greatly promoted the development of Eurasian trade.
In the history of Portuguese football, there is also such a person who inherits the past and the future, that is, the representative of the golden generation of Portuguese football-Luis Figo.
Figo made his fortune from Sporting Lisbon, then joined Barcelona, where he moved to Real from Barcelona in 2000 with the world's highest net worth at the time. In the same year, he was awarded the European Footballer, and in 2001 he was awarded the World Footballer for his outstanding performance.
Luis Figo's club career is full of honors, winning the European Champions Cup, La Liga and Serie A. But his national team career is full of regrets. In the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, the Portuguese team, which only re-entered the World Cup finals after 16 years, was unexpectedly upset in the group stage and returned home with one win and two losses.
The 2004 European Cup was supposed to be a tournament where the golden generation made history. This European Cup held in Portugal is the curtain call for the golden generation of Portugal, and it is also the year when the rising star "Little Luo" emerged. In the end, the Army of the Five Shields reached the final as they wished, but unfortunately, the host lost to Greece at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, which became the Greek myth.
The golden generation and Figo failed to help Portugal win the championship, but the impact of these players on the Portuguese football is far-reaching. Think of the countless Portuguese football teenagers who saw Figo lifting the World Player of Football trophy in front of the TV. This is like Da Gama set out from Lisbon to open up the sea route connecting India. With his own efforts, he reached his pinnacle achievement and demonstrated the strength of Portugal to the world.
Portugal's nautical history seems to have a complementary fate with their football history. Having said that, please let me once again sigh the historical coincidence.
The prince Henry standing on the bow of the nautical monument probably never expected that his nautical plan would bring a world-renowned football genius to this country more than 500 years later. The achievements of this genius will surpass all his predecessors in one fell swoop and become the most important star in Portuguese football history.
In 1419, Prince Henry sent his first expedition with only one horizontal sailing ship. The fleet was originally going to search for Guinea south, but was blown to the west by the wind, and accidentally discovered the Madeira Islands, which has since become Portuguese territory. 566 years later, in Funchal, the capital of Madeira, a kid named Cristiano Ronaldo was born.
1419年，亨利王子（Henry Prince）仅乘坐一艘水平帆船就进行了第一次探险。该舰队原本打算在南部搜索几内亚，但被风吹向西方，并偶然发现了马德拉群岛，此后成为葡萄牙领土。 566年后，在马德拉岛的首都丰沙尔，一个叫克里斯蒂亚诺·罗纳尔多的孩子出生了。
This is a very ordinary family. My father is a gardener and also manages equipment in an amateur club. My mother is a cook and cleaner. Ronaldo's father gave his son the name not because of football, but because he was a fan of Ronaldo Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States.
This family is not a family with a football culture, and the Madeira Islands is not a football culture center. Compared to Lisbon, it looks remote and backward. But all of this is not an obstacle to Ronaldo's amazing football talent.
The islanders on this small island may only know that there is a kid named Cristiano playing in the national football club on the island, but they may not imagine that there will be a family on this small island in 30 years. The hotel named after the initials "CR7", there is also a Madeira airport named after his full name "Cristiano Ronaldo" and his private museum, and there is also a Cristiano standing in the port of Madeira Statue of Ronaldo.
All of this shows that Madeira is proud of him. He is the hero of Madeira going out. Nowadays, if tourists go to the Madeira Islands for a holiday, the local taxi master will enthusiastically mention to you that Cristiano Ronaldo used to live on the west side of the island when he was a child. Although his family is not very good, but He is a football genius!
In the history of navigation in Portugal, there is also a genius who has moved the world and surpassed all the predecessors in one fell swoop. This person is Magellan. He is one of the adventurers with the most profound influence on the world.
Magellan’s fleet completed a feat in the history of world navigation in 1521. He was the first navigator to cross the Pacific Ocean, and the strait from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean at the southern tip of the Americas was also named "Strait of Magellan" after him.
Magellan entered the Portuguese Navigational Firm in 1496 and officially started his life as a navigator. He was 16 years old that year. And Ronaldo set foot on the path of his dream earlier than his predecessors. In 1998, when he was only 13 years old, Ronaldo left his hometown and came to the capital Lisbon to join the Lisbon Athletic Club.
麦哲伦于1496年进入葡萄牙航海公司，正式开始了他的航海生涯。那年他16岁。罗纳尔多比他的前任更早地踏上了梦想的道路。 1998年，年仅13岁的罗纳尔多（Ronaldo）离开家乡，来到首都里斯本，加入了里斯本竞技俱乐部（Lisbon Athletic Club）。
In 1505, at the age of 25, Magellan began to participate in the Spanish Royal Guard. Although born in Portugal, Magellan yearned for a more ambitious sailing dream, so he resolutely followed the Spanish Royal Guard to embark on a journey to Africa. In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is about to turn 25 years old, like his predecessors, resolutely set foot on Spain. He landed in Madrid, joined the greatest club of the 20th century, and became the most expensive football player in the world at that time.
1505年，年仅25岁的麦哲伦开始参加西班牙皇家卫队。麦哲伦（Magellan）虽然出生于葡萄牙，但他渴望实现一个更加雄心勃勃的航海梦想，因此他坚定地跟随西班牙皇家卫队开始前往非洲的旅程。 2009年，即将年满25岁的克里斯蒂亚诺·罗纳尔多（Cristiano Ronaldo）和他的前任一样，坚定地踏上了西班牙。他登陆马德里，加入了20世纪最伟大的俱乐部，并成为当时世界上最昂贵的足球运动员。
Magellan's voyages around the world brought a profound impact on the history of world navigation, and he surpassed his predecessors to become the most accomplished and influential navigator in Portuguese history.
Cristiano Ronaldo has become a superstar in world football with his extraordinary performance for several years. Whether in personal data, personal honor or team honor, he also surpassed Eusebio and Figo in one fell swoop. A senior, became the first person in Portuguese football history.
In the world of football in the past 10 years, he and Messi have created a period of "peerless double pride" with trans-epochal significance. In Portuguese football history, he is already the player who has won the Ballon d'Or, the World Player of Football and the European Golden Boot. In the 2016 European Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo led the Portuguese national team to win the Delaunay Cup in one fell swoop, making the embarrassing history of Portugal without a major championship to pass away and creating a glorious moment in Portuguese football.
在过去的十年中，他和梅西创造了一个具有跨时代意义的“绝世双傲”时期。在葡萄牙足球历史上，他已经是赢得金球奖，世界足球先生和欧洲金靴奖的球员。在2016年欧洲杯中，克里斯蒂亚诺·罗纳尔多（Cristiano Ronaldo）率领葡萄牙国家队一举夺冠，赢得了德拉诺伊杯（Delaunay Cup），这使葡萄牙的尴尬历史没有重大冠军消失，并为葡萄牙足球创造了光辉的时刻。
Cristiano Ronaldo, the island teenager born on the small island of Madeira, Portugal, has now become the country's most prestigious football hero. He and his ancestors set sail from the Iberian Peninsula to show the entire European continent and the world the power of football from Portugal.
600 years ago, they owned a large number of colonies through navigation, accumulated considerable wealth, and even once dominated the world.
600 years later, the football genius born in this magical little country, with his extraordinary talent and top-level self-discipline, also conquered Britain, Iberia and even the entire world.
This small country on the side of the Iberian Peninsula has never been insignificant. Whether it is sailing or football, the glorious power that bursts from here is deeply yearning.