Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo 2018.jpg
Ronaldo with Portugal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro[1]
Date of birth (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[note 1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 7
Youth career
1992–1995 CF Andorinha
1995–1997 Nacional
1997–2002 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Sporting CP B 2 (0)
2002–2003 Sporting CP 25 (3)
2003–2009 Manchester United 196 (84)
2009–2018 Real Madrid 292 (311)
2018– Juventus 66 (55)
National team
2001 Portugal U15 9 (7)
2001–2002 Portugal U17 7 (5)
2003 Portugal U20 5 (1)
2002–2003 Portugal U21 10 (3)
2004 Portugal U23 3 (2)
2003– Portugal 167 (101)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 September 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira), better known as Cristiano Ronaldo, or by his nickname 'CR7', is a Portuguese professional footballer. He plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Portuguese national team. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, and, by some, as the greatest ever.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

Ronaldo began his professional career with Sporting CP at age 17 in 2002, and signed for Manchester United a year later. He won the FA Cup in his first season, and then won three back-to-back Premier League titles: in 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09. In 2007-08, Ronaldo helped United win the UEFA Champions League. In 2008-09, he won his first FIFA Club World Cup in December 2008, and he also won his first FIFA World Player of the Year (now Ballon d'Or). At one point Ronaldo was the most expensive professional footballer of all time, after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid for approximately £80 m in July 2009.

He won his first trophy with Real Madrid in 2011, the 2010-11 Copa del Rey. In the next season, he won his first La Liga title with the club, the 2011-12 La Liga. In the 2012-13 season he won the Supercopa de España. In the next season, the 2013-14 season, he won his second Ballon d'Or. Then he won the Copa del Rey, and he also won his second Champions League with a record 17 goals. The following year, Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or again, along with his second FIFA Club World Cup in December 2014. In 2016, Ronaldo won his third Champions League, and scored the winning penalty in the final against Atlético Madrid. He won his fourth Ballon d'or the next season, his second La Liga title for the first time in five years, another Champions League, and his second Club World Cup. Ronaldo's last season with Real Madrid was the 2017-18 season, where he won his fifth Ballon d'Or in 2017, and also won his fifth Champions League and scored two goals in the final against Juventus. With his third consecutive Champions League, he became the first player to win the UEFA Champions League five times.[18] He would later go on to transfer to Juventus in July 2018. Ronaldo left the club by holding the record for being the top goalscorer in Real Madrid's history, and remaining as the only player in La Liga's history to score 30 or more goals in six consecutive seasons.[19]

Ronaldo began his career with Portugal at age 18. He scored his first goal at UEFA Euro 2004 and helped Portugal reach the final, although they lost. The first World Cup he played at was the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He scored a goal and helped Portugal earn fourth place. Two years later, he became Portugal's full captain. Since then, he has appeared at three Euro's: 2008, 2012, and 2016, and two World Cups: 2014 and 2018. He helped Portugal win their first major international trophy at Euro 2016, and their second three years later with the UEFA Nations League.

Early Life[change | change source]

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in Funchal, Madeira Islands to Maria Dolores dos Santos and José Dinis Aveiro.[20] He has one brother named Hugo, and two sisters named Katia and Elma.[21] Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart (Tachycardia) at age 15, but he got surgery to treat it. In 1997, at age 12, Ronaldo went on a trial with Sporting CP, who signed him for a fee of £1,500. He then moved from Funchal to Lisbon, to join the Sporting youth academy.

Club Career[change | change source]

Sporting CP[change | change source]

Ronaldo played his first professional match against Inter Milan on 14 August 2002. He came in as a sub during the second half.[22] On 7 October 2002, Ronaldo played his first game in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, against Moreirense. He scored two goals and Sporting won 3–0. 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.

Manchester United[change | change source]

On 12 August 2003, Ronaldo joined Manchester United from Sporting CP for a fee of £12.24 million. [23] He was Manchester United's first Portuguese player. 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 played his first game for the club on 16 August 2003 in a 4-0 win against Bolton Wanderers.[24] Many people were impressed with his debut, including legendary United player George Best. Ronaldo's first goal with Manchester United was a free kick. He scored it in a 3-0 win against Portsmouth on 1 November 2003.[25]

Ronaldo won his first trophy in England, the 2003-04 FA Cup, in May 2004, when Manchester United beat Millwall 3-0. Ronaldo scored the first goal of the match.[26]

Ronaldo scored his first UEFA Champions League goals in a 7-1 victory against A.S. Roma in April 2007. He scored two goals that day in what was his 30th Champions League match.[27] He played the FA Cup Final that year, but United lost 1-0 to Chelsea.[28] Even though he lost the FA Cup final, he didn't end the season without a title, because he won his first Premier League title.[29]

Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Manchester United in 2007

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 every European national league.

Ronaldo scored his first and only hat-trick for Manchester United in a 6–0 win against Newcastle United on 12 January 2008.[30] In the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea, he scored a header as the match ended 1-1 after extra time. Although he missed his penalty, Manchester United won the shootout 6-5 and Ronaldo won his first UEFA Champions League.[31] On 15 November 2008, Ronaldo scored his 100th goal for United in a 5-0 win against Stoke City. He also scored two free-kicks: the first one was his 100th goal.[32]

He won the first FIFA Puskas Award in 2009. The Puskas Award is given to whoever scores the best goal of that year. The goal was a 40-yard strike into the top-left corner against FC Porto on 15 April 2009 in the Champions League quarter finals. That goal was the only goal of the game.[33]

Real Madrid[change | change source]

Ronaldo playing in his debut for Real Madrid against RC Deportivo on 29 August 2009

Ronaldo joined Real Madrid on 1 July 2009 for a fee of €94 million. That was a world record transfer fee at the time. He also signed a six-year contract with the club.[34] At his presentation as a Real Madrid player, 80,000 people greeted him at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. This is the world record, breaking the 25-year record of 75,000 people at Diego Maradona's presentation for Napoli.[35] He wore the number 9 in his first season because number 7 was taken by Raúl González. Ronaldo had to wait until Raul left the club in the summer of 2010 to wear number 7.[36] He made his debut (first appearance) on 29 August 2009, in a La Liga game against Deportivo de La Coruña. He scored a goal and Real Madrid won 3-2. On 23 October 2010, Ronaldo scored 4 goals in a match for the first time in his career during a 6-1 win against Racing de Santander.[37] Ronaldo scored a header in extra time in the 2011 Copa del Rey final against rivals Barcelona. His goal was the match winner, so that was Ronaldo's first trophy in Spain.[38] At the end of the 2010-11 season, he became the first player to score 40 goals in La Liga.[39]

On 2 November 2011, Ronaldo scored both goals in a 2-0 Champions League group stage win against Olympique Lyon. The second goal was his 100th goal for Real Madrid. He achieved this in just 105 matches.[40][41] He scored his 100th La Liga goal for his club in just 92 appearances in a 5-1 win against Real Sociedad on 24 March 2012.[42]

Ronaldo began the 2012-13 season by winning the 2012 Supercopa de España. He scored in both legs, and Real Madrid won against Barca.[43] In October 2012, he scored his first hat-trick in the Champions League in a 4-1 win against Ajax.[44] On 6 January 2013, Ronaldo captained his club for the first time.[45] In May 2013, he scored his 200th goal for Real Madrid in a 6-2 win against Málaga.[46] Ronaldo won his second Ballon d'Or in 2013.[47]

In the 2014-15 season, Ronaldo set a new personal record by scoring 61 goals in all competitions. This achievement helped him win his second Ballon d'Or.[48] He scored five goals in one match for the first time in his career in a 9-1 win vs. Granada on 5 April 2015.[49] He became Real Madrid's all-time top scorer when he scored 5 goals against RCD Espanyol in a 6-0 away win on 12 September 2015. This brought his total goal tally to 230 goals in 203 games. The previous record holder was Raul.[50][51]

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 extra-time win against Bayern Munich.[52] On 18 March 2018, Ronaldo reached his 50th career hat-trick in a 6-3 win against Girona.[53] Ronaldo scored an amazing bicycle-kick in a UEFA Champions League match against Juventus on 3 April 2018. He got a standing ovation, or round of applause, from the Juventus fans after scoring the goal.[54] Real Madrid went on to play the final against Liverpool F.C.. Real Madrid became champions, so that was Ronaldo's 5th Champions League.[55]

Juventus[change | change source]

On 10 July 2018, He joined Juventus of Italy and signed a 4 year contract worth 112 Million Euros.[56][57] The transfer was the highest paid for a player over 30 years old.[58] People called it "the deal of the century".[59]

He scored his first goals for the club on 16 September against US Sassuolo. Juventus won 2-1 at home. Three days later, on 19 September, he was controversially sent off against Valencia C.F. for "violent behavior".[60] He was crying as he received the red card and said he "did nothing".[61] Ronaldo won his first trophy with the club, the 2018 Supercoppa Italiana, in January 2019. In the match, he scored the only goal from a header against AC Milan.[62]

International Career[change | change source]

Cristiano Ronaldo captaining Portugal in 2010. Ronaldo became Portugal's captain in 2007.

Ronaldo began his international career with the Portugal under-17's in 2002. In June 2003, Ronaldo won the Toulon Tournament with the Portugal U-20. He scored one goal in 5 appearances. He also played with the Portugal under-23 team at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he scored one goal against Morocco. He kept progressing through the youth national teams until he played his first senior game for Portugal when he was 18 in August 2003 against Kazakhstan. He scored his first goal for Portugal in a game against Greece at the UEFA Euro 2004.

Ronaldo was selected to play at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which was also his first World Cup. During the tournament, he scored a goal against Iran. That goal was also his first World Cup goal. In the match against England, Ronaldo's teammate at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney, was sent off. Ronaldo went up to the referee and appeared to ask the ref to give a red card to Rooney. Rooney pushed Ronaldo as he was talking to the ref. After Rooney left the pitch, Ronaldo was caught on camera winking at the Portugal bench.[63] Even though the referee said Rooney would've gotten the red card if Ronaldo complained or not, these actions caused a lot of fans to hate Ronaldo because they believed he influenced the referee's decision.[64]

Ronaldo became captain of Portugal for the first time in a friendly game against Brazil on 6 February 2007. At Euro 2008, he scored one goal against Czech Republic. Portugal were eliminated in the quarter-finals by losing to Germany. In the 2010 World Cup, Ronaldo only scored one goal in a 7-0 win against North Korea, but was the man of the match in all of Portugal's 3 group stage games.[65][66][67] Ronaldo's goal against North Korea was his first international goal in a year and 4 months.[68]

His first international hat-trick came in a 4-2 win against Northern Ireland on 6 September 2013. In that match, he scored 3 goals in 15 minutes.[69] He became Portugal's all time top scorer when he scored twice against Cameroon in March 2014, with Portugal winning 5-1.[70] At the 2014 World Cup, Ronaldo scored a goal against Ghana, and assisted a last minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw against the United States. He won the Euro 2016 and the 2019 UEFA Nations League with Portugal. In a 3-3 draw against Hungary in Euro 2016, Ronaldo scored a back heel goal. This goal made him the first player to score in four Euro's.[71] Although he had to leave the game early because he got injured in the UEFA Euro 2016 Final, Portugal still won 1-0 in extra time because of a goal from Eder. He has played at 4 FIFA World Cup's: 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018.

Playing Style[change | change source]

Ronaldo is able to play on both wings and also as a striker since he is very strong with both feet, even though he is naturally right footed.[72] He is also one of the world's fastest players.[73][74] He has good heading ability because he is over 6 feet tall and jumps high. He is also known for his powerful "knuckleball" free kicks. The "knuckleball" technique is when the ball spins very little and creates an unpredictable motion. He combines this with his powerful shot, making it hard for goalkeepers to stop his shots. Ronaldo has also been known for his dribbling, as he likes to do many tricks and feints with the ball to pass defenders, such as the step-over.[75] When he was at Manchester United, he would play as a winger and try to send crosses into the middle. At Real Madrid, he changed his playing style by moving more towards the middle and becoming more of a striker. He also focused more on scoring goals.[76] When he arrived to Juventus, he stayed with this playing style of being a goalscorer and target man, although he dribbled with the ball more because he sometimes liked to play his traditional winger position and go one-on-one with defenders. He also sent crosses more frequently than he did in his last few seasons at Real Madrid.[77]

Reception[change | change source]

Ronaldo has been criticized for "diving" by many people, including his Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.[78][79]He has also been criticized for being arrogant, such as complaining for not receiving set-pieces (free-kicks and penalties) when he gets fouled, having too much self-confidence, not celebrating with teammates after scoring goals, and getting angry after losing.[80] [81] Examples of this are when he threw a reporter's microphone into a lake before a UEFA Euro 2016 match[82], and negative comments made at the Iceland national team after playing against them.[83]

Personal Life[change | change source]

Ronaldo's father, José Aveiro, died of liver disease at age 52 in September 2005. Ronaldo was 20 years old at the time. [84] Ronaldo said that he does not like to drink alcohol, mostly because of his dad's death, but has on some very few occasions.[85]

In 2006, Ronaldo opened his first fashion boutique under the name "CR7" (his initials and shirt number) on the island he was born in, Madeira. In December 2013, Ronaldo opened his own museum called Museu CR7, which has all of his trophies and awards from his career.[86]

Ronaldo became a father on 17 June 2010. He had a son, named Cristiano Jr. He was born in the United States through an American surrogate he met in a restaurant, 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.[87] On 8 June 2017, Ronaldo confirmed on social media that he had become the father to twins, Mateo and Eva. They were born in the United States to a surrogate mother.[88][89] In November 2017, his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to their first daughter, Alana.[90]

Ronaldo is a Roman Catholic. He does not have tattoos because it would prevent him from donating blood.[91] On 9 November 2015, a movie about his lifestyle and his career was released. The title of the movie is Ronaldo.[92][93] He also has an airport named after him, Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport.[94]

He is currently the most followed Instagram user, with over 200 million followers as of February 2020.[95] He passed Selena Gomez as the most followed person in October 2018, with 144 million followers.[96][97]

Legal Issues[change | change source]

In June 2018, Ronaldo was given a suspended jail sentence of 2 years and a fine of €18.8 million for tax evasion.[98]

In 2017, a woman claimed she was raped by Ronaldo at a hotel in Las Vegas in Summer 2009. Documents say that Ronaldo paid a woman $375,000 to stay quiet. In July 2019, prosecutors said they would not charge Ronaldo because there was not enough evidence.[99][100][101]

Career Statistics[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

As of 26 February 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup Europe[b] Other[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP B 2002–03[102] Segunda Divisão 2 0 2 0
Total 2 0 2 0
Sporting CP 2002–03[102] Primeira Liga 25 3 3 2 3[d] 0 0 0 31 5
Total 25 3 3 2 3 0 0 0 31 5
Manchester United[103] 2003–04 Premier League 29 4 5 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 40 6
2004–05 Premier League 33 5 7 4 2 0 8 0 0 0 50 9
2005–06 Premier League 33 9 2 0 4 2 8 1[e] 47 12
2006–07 Premier League 34 17 7 3 1 0 11 3 53 23
2007–08 Premier League 34 31 3 3 0 0 11 8 1[f] 0 49 42
2008–09 Premier League 33 18 2 1 4 2 12 4 2[g] 1 53 26
Total 196 84 26 13 12 4 55 16 3 1 292 118
Real Madrid 2009–10[104] La Liga 29 26 0 0 6 7 35 33
2010–11[105] La Liga 34 40[h] 8 7 12 6 54 53
2011–12[107] La Liga 38 46 5 3 10 10 2[i] 1 55 60
2012–13[108] La Liga 34 34 7 7 12 12 2[i] 2 55 55
2013–14[109] La Liga 30 31 6 3 11 17 47 51
2014–15[110] La Liga 35 48 2 1 12 10 5[j] 2 54 61
2015–16[110] La Liga 36 35 0 0 12 16 48 51
2016–17[110] La Liga 29 25 2 1 13 12 2[g] 4 46 42
2017–18[110] La Liga 27 26 0 0 13 15 4[k] 3 44 44
Total 292 311 30 22 101 105 15 12 438 450
Juventus 2018–19[110] Serie A 31 21 2 0 9 6 1[l] 1 43 28
2019–20[110] Serie A 33 31 4 2 8 4 1[l] 1 46 37
2020–21[110] Serie A 2 3 0 0 0 0 0[l] 0 2 3
Total 52 42 4 2 16 8 2 1 74 53
Career total 567 440 63 39 12 4 175 129 20 14 837 626
Notes
  1. Includes the Taça de Portugal, FA Cup, Copa del Rey, and Coppa Italia
  2. All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League, unless where noted.
  3. Includes the FA Community Shield, Supercoppa Italiana, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup
  4. One appearance in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Cup
  5. Goal scored in the third qualifying round against Debreceni VSC
  6. Appearance in FA Community Shield
  7. 7.0 7.1 All appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  8. Does not include one goal scored on 18 September 2010 against Real Sociedad. Marca, which awards the Pichichi Trophy, attribute it to Ronaldo, while La Liga and UEFA attribute it to Pepe.[106]
  9. 9.0 9.1 All appearances in Supercopa de España
  10. One appearance and two goals in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  11. One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, one appearance and one goal in Supercopa de España, two appearances and two goals in FIFA Club World Cup
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana

International[change | change source]

As of 17 November 2019[111][112][113][114]
National team Year Competitive Friendly Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal 2003 0 0 2 0 2 0
2004 11 7 5 0 16 7
2005 7 2 4 0 11 2
2006 10 4 4 2 14 6
2007 9 5 1 0 10 5
2008 5 1 3 0 8 1
2009 5 0 2 1 7 1
2010 6 3 5 0 11 3
2011 6 5 2 2 8 7
2012 9 4 4 1 13 5
2013 6 7 3 3 9 10
2014 5 3 4 2 9 5
2015 4 3 1 0 5 3
2016 10 10 3 3 13 13
2017 10 10 1 1 11 11
2018 4 4 3 2 7 6
2019 10 14 0 0 10 14
2020 2 2 1 0 3 2
Total 117 82 47 17 164 99

Honors[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

Manchester United[change | change source]

Real Madrid[change | change source]

Juventus[change | change source]

International[change | change source]

Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2018 World Cup

Portugal[change | change source]

Individual[change | change source]

  • Ballon d'Or: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • FIFA 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
  • FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year: 2003–04, 2004–05
  • 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
  • Portuguese Player of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • FIFA Puskás Award: 2009
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot: 2016, 2017
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2016
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2008, 2014, 2017
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer: 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2004, 2012, 2016
  • UEFA European Championship top scorer: 2012
  • Young Player of the Year: 2006–07
  • Premier League Team of the Year: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2007–08
  • Premier League Player of the Season: 2006-07, 2007-08
  • Pichichi Trophy: 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • FA Cup top goalscorer: 2004–05
  • La Liga Best Player: 2013–14
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Copa del Rey top goalscorer: 2010–11
  • Serie A Team of the Year: 2018–19, 2019–20

Other websites[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The number varies between 184 and 189 by publisher. ESPN give 184, [2] Sports Illustrated, UEFA, and FIFA give 1.85,[3][4][5]EA Sports, Eurosport, Soccerway, Sky Sports, and Goal 187,[6][7][8][9][10] and Portuguese Football Federation 189.[11]

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