Ronaldo. Source: AS English

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Juventus in Serie A and captains the Portugal national team.

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Early life

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in So Pedro, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, and grew up in Santo António, Funchal. He is the fourth and youngest child of chef Maria Dolores dos Santos Viveiros da Aveiro and municipal gardener and part-time kit man José Dinis Aveiro.

Isabel da Piedade, his father’s great-grandmother, was from the Cape Verdean island of So Vicente. Hugo is his older brother, and Elma and Liliana Cátia “Katia” are his older sisters.

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His mother revealed that she wanted to abort him because of poverty, his father’s drunkenness, and having too many children already, but her doctor refused. Ronaldo grew up in a poor, Catholic family, sharing a room with all of his siblings.

Ronaldo spent two years with Nacional as a youth after playing for Andorinha from 1992 to 1995, when his father was the kit man. He went on a three-day trial with Sporting CP in 1997, when he was 12 and was signed for £1,500.

Later, he relocated from Madeira to Alcochete, near Lisbon, to join the Sporting youth football academy. Ronaldo believed he had the talent to play semi-professionally by the age of 14 and agreed with his mother to forego his education to focus solely on football.

While he was popular among his peers, he was dismissed for throwing a chair at his instructor, whom he said had “disrespected” him. However, he was diagnosed with a beating heart a year later, a condition that could have caused him to retire from sports.

Ronaldo underwent heart surgery in which a laser was used to cauterise numerous cardiac channels into one, hence changing his resting heart rate. He was released from the hospital a few hours later and returned to training a few days later.

Career

Sporting CP

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Ronaldo was promoted from Sporting’s youth team at the age of 16 by first-team manager László Bölöni, who was impressed with his dribbling. He went on to become the club’s first player to play for the under-16, under-17, and under-18 teams, as well as the B and first teams, all in the same season.

A year later, on September 29, 2002, Ronaldo made his debut in the Primeira Liga against Braga, and on October 7, 2002, he scored two goals in a 3–0 win over Moreirense.

During the 2002–03 season, his representatives approached Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier and Barcelona president Joan Laporta about the player. Arsène Wenger, who was interested in signing the winger, visited with him in November at Arsenal’s training grounds to explore a prospective transfer.

After Sporting defeated United 3–1 at the inauguration of the Estádio José Alvalade in August 2003, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was desperate to sign Ronaldo permanently as soon as possible. Originally, United intended to sign Ronaldo and then loan him to Sporting for a year.

Manchester United’s players, though, encouraged Ferguson to sign him after being impressed by him. Following the game, Ferguson decided to pay Sporting £12.24 million for “one of the most exciting young players” he had ever seen.  Sporting celebrated Ronaldo as their 100,000th member in April 2013, a decade after his left from the club. 

Manchester United

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When he signed before the 2003–04 season, Ronaldo became Manchester United’s first Portuguese player. His £12.24 million transfer cost made him the most expensive teenager in English football history at the time.

Despite having requested the number 28, his Sporting number, he was given the number 7 shirt, which had previously been worn by United stars like as George Best, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham.

Ronaldo made his Premier League debut on August 16, 2003, in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers, garnering a standing ovation as he came on as a replacement. George Best praised his performance, calling it “undoubtedly the most exciting debut” he had ever seen. On November 1, Ronaldo scored his first goal for Manchester United with a free kick in a 3–0 win over Portsmouth.

Real Madrid

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Ronaldo joined Real Madrid ahead of the 2009–10 season for a world record transfer fee of £80 million (€94 million). His deal, which extended until 2015, was worth €11 million per year and had a buy-out clause worth €1 billion.

At least 80,000 spectators witnessed his presentation at the Santiago Bernabéu, breaking the 25-year record of 75,000 who greeted Diego Maradona in Napoli. Ronaldo acquired the number 9 shirt, which was offered to him by former Madrid player Alfredo Di Stéfano, because club captain Ral already wore the number 7 (the number Ronaldo wore at Manchester United).

Ronaldo was given the number 7 shirt for Real Madrid prior to the 2010–11 season when Raul left.  His subsequent comeback to Ballon d’Or-winning form was exemplified when, for the first time in his career, he scored four goals in a single match against Racing Santander on October 23.

His haul capped a six-match scoring streak (three in La Liga, one in the Champions League, and two for Portugal) that saw him score 11 goals in a single month, the most he had ever scored in a single month.

Juventus

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Despite months of negotiating a new Real Madrid deal, Ronaldo signed a four-year contract with Italian club Juventus on 10 July 2018, after completing a €100 million transfer that includes an additional €12 million in other fees and solidarity donations to Ronaldo’s junior teams.

The fee was the biggest ever paid for a player above the age of 30, and the largest ever paid by an Italian team. Ronaldo initially claimed his desire for a new challenge as his reason for leaving Real Madrid, but later blamed the move on a lack of support from club president Florentino Pérez.

In a 2–1 home win over Sassuolo in Serie A on September 16, Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus in his fourth outing for the club. His second goal was his 400th in the league.

Portugal (International career)

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Ronaldo made his international debut with Portugal’s under-15 team in 2001. Ronaldo represented the under-15, under-17, under-20, under-21, and under-23 national teams during his international youth career, earning 34 youth caps and scored 18 goals in all. On 20 August 2003, at the age of 18, Ronaldo made his first senior appearance for Portugal in a 1–0 victory over Kazakhstan, coming on as a half-time substitute for Luis Figo.

In his ninth appearance for Portugal, he was called up for UEFA Euro 2004, which was held in his home country, he scored his first international goal in a 2–1 group stage loss to eventual champions Greece.

Ronaldo captained Portugal for the first time in a friendly match against Brazil on 6 February 2007, one day after his 22nd birthday, at the request of Portuguese Football Federation head Carlos Silva, who had died two days previously. For the first time, he was given the number 7 shirt ahead of Euro 2008.

Records

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Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, having won five Ballon d’Or awards and four European Golden Shoes, both of which are records for a European player.

Throughout his career, he has won 32 major trophies, including seven league crowns, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League trophy. Ronaldo has the records for most international goals (109, tied with Ali Daei), Champions League goals (134), and European Championship goals(14).

He is one of only a handful players with over 1,100 professional career appearances and over 780 recognised senior career goals for club and country.

He has 781 senior career goals for club and country, a club and country record. Furthermore, he is one of the rare players with over 1,100 professional career appearances. He has also won one youth title and at least five friendly competition titles. By January 2021, he had earned over 300 trophies and medals, some of which dated back to his youth.

Orders

Honoured: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been made an official of the Order of Prince Henry. Source: Dailymail
  1.  Medal of Merit, Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa (Portuguese Royal Family)
  2.  Grand officer of the Order of Prince Henry
  3.  Commander of the Order of Merit
  4. Cordão Autonómico de Distinção

Personal life

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Ronaldo is the father of four children. Cristiano Jr., his first child, was born on June 17, 2010, in the United States. He stated that he has full custody of the child and will not publicly expose the mother’s identity as per their agreement.

Ronaldo confirmed the end of his five-year romance with Russian model Irina Shayk in January 2015. Ronaldo then became the father of twins, Eva and Mateo, born via surrogacy on June 8, 2017, in the United States. He is in a relationship with former store employee Georgina Rodrguez, a Spanish model, who gave birth to their daughter Alana Martina on November 12, 2017.

When Ronaldo was 20, his father, José, died of alcoholism-related liver disease at the age of 52 in September 2005. Ronaldo has stated that he does not drink alcohol, and he was awarded libel damages in July 2008 after a Daily Mirror article claimed that he was drinking extensively in a nightclub while recovering from an injury.

He has no tattoos because he regularly donates blood and bone marrow. Dolores, his mother, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, but recovered.

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