I thought it was a joke, but it turned out to be real. Cristiano Ronaldo , one of Real Madrid’s Galacticos is not just a football legend but now has a whole Galaxy named after him.

That’s right, Ronaldo, one of Real Madrid’s , is now one up on Messi in galaxies named after him.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

A new galaxy was recently discovered by Astronomers and has named it COSMOS REDSHIFT 7 after the method used to date distant objects of the universe.The CR7 galaxy is a collection of millions of stars.

The Astronomers who stated that CR7 officially stands for Cosmos Redshift 7, a measure of its place in cosmic time, but added that the  nickname was inspired by the Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The team was led by David Sobral from the University of Lisbon, who wanted to honour Portugal international Ronaldo.

Just as Ronaldo stands out on the field, the galaxy is quite impressive. CR7 was formed just 800 million years after the Big Bang, meaning its light has been traveling to Earth for 12.9 billion years.

CR7_Galaxy
An artist’s impression of the distant galaxy CR7. Scientists say light from the galaxy has been traveling to us for 12.9 billion years. Credit M. Kornmesser/European Southern Observatory

It is “an exceptionally rare object, by far the brightest galaxy ever observed at this stage in the Universe,” the European Southern Observatory said in a press release.

According to a report on qz.com, Cristiano Ronaldo just took the lead over Lionel Messi in a pretty major statistical category.

The [galaxy] they’re most excited about is three times as luminous as any other galaxy of a similar age, making it “by far the brightest galaxy ever observed at this stage in the universe,” the ESO said.

Cristiano Ronaldo (aka CR7) is a star player for Real Madrid.  Cosmos Redshift 7 isn’t the first CR7 galaxy, though. Nike released soccer cleats with that same name in 2013. — Dan Gartland