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Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo warming-up before a UEFA Champions League game against Shakhtar.
Personal information
Full name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Date of birth 5 February 1985 (1985-02-05) (age 34)
Place of birth Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 7
Youth career
1992–1995 Andorinha
1995–1997 Nacional
1997–2002 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Sporting CP 25 (3)
2003–2009 Manchester United 196 (84)
2009–2018 Real Madrid 288 (307)
2018– Juventus 6 (2)
National team
2001-2002 Portugal U17 8 (5)
2003 Portugal U20 5 (2)
2002-2003 Portugal U20 10 (3)
2004 Portugal U23 4 (2)
2003- Portugal 149 (81)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 March 2018.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira), better known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer. He plays for the Italian club Juventus and the Portuguese national team. He is widely considered to be the greatest footballer of all time. Also, many people believe Lionel Messi is better, and their rivalry has been one of the biggest in sports history.

Ronaldo is currently the second most expensive professional football player of all time, after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid for approximately £80m. At his presentation as a Real Madrid player, 80,000 people greeted him at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. This is the world record, passing the 25-year record of 75,000 people at Diego Maradona's presentation for Napoli.

Early Life

Ronaldo was born and raised in Funchal, Madeira Islands. His father named him "Ronaldo" after former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. In 1997, at age 12, he went on a trial with Sporting CP, who signed him for a fee of £1,500. He then moved from the Madeira Islands to Lisbon, to join the Sporting youth academy.

Club Career

Ronaldo began his professional career at Sporting Clube de Portugal. On 7 October 2002, Ronaldo played his first game in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, against Moreirense. He scored two goals in their 3–0 win. Ronaldo came to the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in August 2003, when Sporting defeated United 3–1 in the first game ever played at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. His performance impressed the United players, who told Ferguson to sign him. In 2003, Ronaldo joined Manchester United from Sporting CP. He wanted the number 28, the number he wore at Sporting, but was eventually given the number 7. This number had been worn by George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham before him. He joined Real Madrid in July 2009. Because number 9 was taken by Raúl González, he had to wait until he left the club in the summer of 2010 to wear number 7.

In the 2007/08 season, he became the only player in the last 25 years to win both the "FIFA World Player of the Year" and the "Young Player of the Year" awards in the same season. In that season, he scored a total of 42 goals and won the European Golden Boot, an award which is given to the top scorer of league matches of every European national league.

On 18 April 2017, he became the first player to reach 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League, after he scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win against Bayern Munich.

On 10 July 2018, he signed a four-year contract with Italian club Juventus on a €100 million transfer.

Career Statistics

Club

As of 18 March 2018
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP B 2002–03 Segunda Divisão 2 0 2 0
Sporting CP 2002–03 Primeira Liga 25 3 3 2 3 0 0 0 31 5
Manchester United 2003–04 Premier League 29 4 5 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 40 6
2004–05 33 5 7 4 2 0 8 0 0 0 50 9
2005–06 33 9 2 0 4 2 8 1 47 12
2006–07 34 17 7 3 1 0 11 3 53 23
2007–08 34 31 3 3 0 0 11 8 1 0 49 42
2008–09 33 18 2 1 4 2 12 4 2 1 53 26
Total 196 84 26 13 12 4 58 16 3 1 292 118
Real Madrid 2009–10 La Liga 29 26 0 0 6 7 35 33
2010–11 34 40 8 7 12 6 54 53
2011–12 38 46 5 3 10 10 2 1 55 60
2012–13 34 34 7 7 12 12 2 2 55 55
2013–14 30 31 6 3 11 17 47 51
2014–15 35 48 2 1 12 10 5 2 54 61
2015–16 36 35 0 0 12 16 48 51
2016–17 29 25 2 1 13 12 2 4 46 42
2017–18 23 22 0 0 8 12 4 3 35 37
Total 288 307 30 22 96 102 15 12 429 443
Career total 511 394 59 37 12 4 154 118 18 13 754 566

International

As of 28 March 2018
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2003 2 0
2004 16 7
2005 11 2
2006 14 6
2007 10 5
2008 8 1
2009 7 1
2010 11 3
2011 8 7
2012 13 5
2013 9 10
2014 9 5
2015 5 3
2016 13 13
2017 11 11
2018 2 2
Total 149 81

Personal Life

Ronaldo's father, José Aveiro, died of an alcohol-related liver disease at age 52 in September 2005 when Ronaldo was 20. Ronaldo said that he does not drink alcohol.

Ronaldo became a father on 17 June 2010 following the birth of his son, named Cristiano. He was born in the United States through an American surrogate, and Ronaldo announced that he had full custody. Ronaldo has never publicly revealed information about his son's mother, but he says he will reveal it to Cristiano Jr. when he gets older. Ronaldo was in a relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk from 2010–2015. In June 2017, Ronaldo confirmed on Facebook that he had become the father to twins, Mateo and Eva. In November 2017, his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to their first daughter, Alana.

He is a Roman Catholic. Ronaldo does not have tattoos because it would prevent him from donating blood.

He opened his first fashion boutique under the name "CR7" (his initials and shirt number) on his native-born island of Madeira, Portugal in 2006. In December 2013, Ronaldo opened a museum called Museu CR7, which has all of his trophies from his career.

A film about his life and career, titled Ronaldo, was released worldwide on 9 November 2015.

He also has an airport named after him, Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport.

Achievements

Club

Manchester United

Real Madrid

Juventus

  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2019

International

At the 2018 FIFA World Cup he became Europe's all time top goal scorer after scoring his 85th goal in international colours against Morocco. The goal overtook Puskás's record of 84.

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Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2018 World Cup

Portugal

  • UEFA European Championship: 2016

Individual

  • Ballon d'Or: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2008
  • FIFPro World Player of the Year: 2008
  • The Best FIFA Men's Player: 2016, 2017
  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2014, 2016, 2017
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2007–08
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Onze d'Or: 2008, 2016–17
  • FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year: 2003–04, 2004–05
  • Portuguese Player of the Year: 2016, 2017
  • European Golden Shoe: 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • IFFHS World's Best Top Goal Scorer: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • IFFHS Men's World Team: 2017
  • FIFA Puskás Award: 2009
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ESPN World Team of the Decade: 2009
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot: 2016, 2017
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2016
    • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2008, 2014, 2017
  • FIFA Club World Cup top assist provider: 2014
  • UEFA Champions League Best Forward: 2007–08, 2016–17
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer: 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2013–14
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2004, 2012, 2016
  • UEFA European Championship top scorer: 2012
  • UEFA European Championship Silver Boot: 2016
  • UEFA Euro All Time XI
  • Manchester United Players' Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Young Player of the Year: 2006–07
  • Fans' Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Players' Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Premier League Team of the Year: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2007–08
  • Premier League top assist provider: 2006–07
  • FA Cup top goalscorer: 2004–05
  • La Liga Best Player: 2013–14
  • La Liga Best Forward: 2013–14
  • La Liga Best Goal: 2013–14
  • Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • La Liga top scorer: 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Copa del Rey top goal scorer: 2010–11
  • Best International Athlete: 2014, 2016

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