Born05 February 1985
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Portugal. Along with Lionel Messi, he is regularly considered to be one of the top two players in the world. He became the world’s most expensive player when Real Madrid signed him for 94 million Euros in 2009 from Manchester United. His sustained performance has enabled him to break numerous records for goal scoring and has been named FIFA player of the year times. He has become an iconic figure in the sport.
Childhood & Early Life
Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, a small island off the western coast of the country. Ronaldo is the youngest of four children born to Maria Dolores dos Santos and José Dinis Aveiro. He was named after Ronald Reagan, one of his father's favorite actors. His father was a gardener with the municipality while his mother worked as a cook. His early life was shaped by hardship, as his father often drank too much. Ronaldo has an elder brother, Hugo and older sisters, Elma and Liliana. While growing up, he and all his siblings shared a room. Ronaldo was raised as a Catholic.
Ronaldo grew up in a largely working class neighborhood in a small tin-roofed home that overlooked the ocean. Ronaldo was introduced to the game of soccer through his dad, who worked at that time as an equipment manager at a boy's club.
Ronaldo was expelled from the school after assaulted his teacher by throwing a chair at him. He had always been a keen footballer and by the time he was 14 years old he decided to concentrate on becoming a professional footballer. Ronaldo had been playing for Androrinha since he was eight. He played for an amateur team, Andorinha, before being signed by Sporting CP for 1,500 Euros after a three-day trial.
At age 16, Ronaldo was promoted from Sporting's youth team by first-team manager László Bölöni. A year later, on 7 October 2002, Ronaldo made his debut in the Primeira Liga, against Moreirense, and scored two goals in their 3–0 win. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, however, determined to acquire Ronaldo on a permanent move urgently, after Sporting defeated United 3–1 at the inauguration of the Estádio José Alvalade in August 2003.
Manchester United (2003–2009)
Ronaldo became Manchester United's first-ever Portuguese player when he signed before the 2003–04 season. His transfer fee of £12.24 million made him, at the time, the most expensive teenager in English football history. A key element in his development during his time in England proved to be his manager, Alex Ferguson. He proved his worth as he became one of the best players in Europe. While Ronaldo played in England, he became the first player to break the 20-goal barrier and helped United claim their first League title in four years. His achievements didn’t go unnoticed as he received Professional Footballer’s Association’s Player, Young Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, making him the first player to receive four major PFA and FWA award for two consecutive seasons. He also won the Premier League Golden Boot for his 31 goals and European Golden Shoe, the first winger to achieve the feat. In the Champions League, Ronaldo inspired United to clinch Europe’s prestigious tournament which earned him the UEFA club footballer of the Year Award. Ronaldo rounded off his time with United with the Ballon d’Or award, becoming the first Premier League Player to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year. He also received the FIFA Puskas Award for best goal as well as winning the Premier League with United for the third time. Ronaldo claimed a total of nine trophies while at Manchester United.
Real Madrid (2009–2018)
Ahead of the 2009 –10 season, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee at the time, of £80 million. His contract, which ran until 2015, was worth €11 million per year and contained a €1 billion buy-out clause.
His first season with Madrid still saw him as a Ballon d’Or contender as he emerged second in the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year behind Lionel Messi despite failing to win any trophy. The following season saw him also emerged as a runner-up behind Lionel Messi in the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards.
Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or an amalgamation of the FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo also helped the Madrid to their tenth European championship, La Decima and as well as their 12thLa Duodecima. Ronaldo particularly achieved more in his final days with Madrid becoming Madrid first Player to score a total of 5,900 goals. He also became the first player to score 100 goals in a UEFA club competition. Ronaldo emerged the top scorer of the UEFA Champions League for a fifth consecutive season. He led Madrid to their twelveth European title, La Duodecima earning him his fifth Player of the Year award. Ronaldo received the Ballon d’Or award a day after winning the FIFA Best Men Player Award. The highest point of his last days with Madrid was his bicycle kick goal in a 3-0 away win over Juventus which was lauded by the opposition fans. The goal was labelled as a “Playstation goal” by Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli.
On 10 July 2018, Ronaldo signed a four-year contract with Italian club Juventus after completing a €100 million transfer, which included an additional €12 million in other fees,and solidarity contributions to Ronaldo's youth clubs. The transfer was the highest ever for a player over 30 years old, and the highest ever paid by an Italian club.>
Personal Life and Philanthropy
Cristiano Ronaldo's father, José Dinis Aveiro, died in September 2005, due to an alcoholism-related liver condition. His mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, is a cancer survivor; she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 but eventually recovered.
The personal life of Cristiano Ronaldo is full of rumors and gossip. The media call the Portuguese football player a real Lovelace. Among women in whose company Ronaldo has been seen, Jordana Jardel, the youngest sister of football player Mario Jardel, was one of his girlfriends.>
The press actively discussed the relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and the Russian model Irina Sheik. Lovers were more than once recognized as the most beautiful couple; photographs of Cristiano and Irina were on the covers of hundreds of magazines. Fans of the couple were waiting for the logical conclusion of their story - the wedding, and Irina to become the wife of Cristiano Ronaldo. But in 2015 the model and the football player officially announced their breakup. In an interview, Irina said that the reason was Ronaldo’s affair.
He is currently in relationship with Spanish model, Georgina Rodriguez, and the couple was blessed with a daughter, Alana Martina, on 12 November 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo has four children out of which three have been born via surrogate mothers.
Ronaldo was named the world's most charitable sportsperson in 2015 after donating £5 million to the relief effort after the earthquake in Nepal which killed over 8,000 people.In June 2016, Ronaldo donated the entirety of his €600,000 Champions League bonus after Real Madrid won the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. In August 2016, Ronaldo launched CR7Selfie, a selfie app for charity to help Save the Children that lets participants take a selfie with him in one of several different outfits and poses.
1. Premier League (2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009)
2. FA Cup (2003-2004), Football League Cup (2005-2006, 2008-2009)
3. FA Community Shield (2007)
4. La Liga (2011-2012, 2016-2017)
5. Copa del Rey (2010-2011, 2013-2014)
6. Supercopa de Espana (2012, 2017)
7. UEFA Champions League (2007-2008, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018)
8. UEFA Super Cup (2014, 2017)
9. FIFA Club World Cup (2008, 2014, 2016, 2017)
10. UEFA European Championship (2016)
11. UEFA Euros (2016)
1. FIFA Ballon d’or (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
2. UEFA Men’s Player of the Year (2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017)
3. Champions League Forward of the Season (2017-2018)
4. UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (2008)
5. Barclays Player of the Year (2006-2007, 2007-2008)
6. PFA Young Player of the Year (2006-2007)
7. PFA Player of the Year (2006-2007, 2007-2008)
8. La Liga Best Player (2013-2014)
9. La Liga Best Forward (2013-2014)
10. La Liga Most Valuable Player (2012-2013)
1. “Your love makes me strong. Your hate makes me unstoppable.
2. “I’m living a dream I never want to wake up from.
3. “We don’t want to tell our dreams. We want to show them.
4. “I’ve never tried to hide the fact that it is my intention to become the best.
5. “Today there are opportunities that no one knows if they will come round again in the future.
6. “Scoring goals is a great feeling, but the most important thing to me is that the team is successful – it doesn't matter who scores the goals as long as we’re winning.
7. “I want to consistently play well and win titles. I'm only at the beginning.
8. “Talent without working hard is nothing.
9. “For me Sir Alex was my father in football. He was crucial in my career and, outside football, was a great human being with me. Talent isn’t everything. You can have it from the cradle, but it is necessary to learn the trade to be the best.”