Cristiano Ronaldo

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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 (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 7
Youth career
1992–1995 Andorinha
1995–1997 Nacional
1997–2002 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Sporting CP 31 (26)
2003–2009 Manchester United 292 (280)
2009– Real Madrid 423 (585)
National team
2001 Portugal U15 9 (8)
2001–2002 Portugal U17 8 (10)
2003 Portugal U20 7 (7)
2002–2003 Portugal U21 11 (14)
2004 Portugal U23 4 (5)
2003– Portugal 147 (148)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 March 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2016

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 Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team.

Ronaldo was born and raised on the Portuguese islands of Madeira. He was diagnosed with a racing heart when he was 15. He went through an operation to treat his condition.

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.

Club Career[change | change source]

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. In 2003, Ronaldo joined Manchester United from Sporting CP. He was 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.

In 2017, he became the first player to reach 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League.[1]

Career Statistics[change | change source]

International[change | change source]

Personal Life[change | change source]

Ronaldo became a father on 17 June 2010 following the birth of his son, named Cristiano, and nicknamed by the family 'Cristianinho'. He was born in the United States, and Ronaldo announced that he had full custody. Ronaldo has never revealed information about his son's mother. In November 2017, his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to their daughter.

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 2005. In December 2013, Ronaldo opened a museum called Museu CR7, which has all of his trophies from his playing career.

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

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ronaldo makes history with 100th European goal". UEFA.com. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 2018-02-04 – via UEFA.com.