Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro(Portuguese pronunciation: born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and captains the Portugal national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or awards and four European Golden Shoes, the most by a European player. He has won 32 trophies in his career, including seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League. Ronaldo holds the records for most appearances (183), most goals (140), and assists (42) in the Champions League, most goals in the European Championship (14), most international goals by a male player (117), and most international appearances by a European male (189). He is one of the few players to have made over 1,100 professional career appearances, and has scored over 800 official senior career goals for club and country.
Ronaldo began his senior career with Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United in 2003, aged 18, winning the FA Cup in his first season. He would also go onto win three consecutive Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup; at age 23, he won his first Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo was the subject of the then-most expensive association football transfer when he signed for Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth €94 million (£80 million), where he won 15 trophies, including two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey, and four Champions Leagues, and became the club’s all-time top goalscorer. He won back-to-back Ballons d’Or in 2013 and 2014, and again in 2016 and 2017, and was runner-up three times behind Lionel Messi, his perceived career rival. In 2018, he signed for Juventus in a transfer worth an initial €100 million (£88 million), the most expensive transfer for an Italian club and the most expensive for a player over 30 years old. He won two Serie A titles, two Supercoppe Italiana, and a Coppa Italia, before returning to United in 2021.
Ronaldo made his international debut for Portugal in 2003 at the age of 18 and has since earned over 180 caps, making him Portugal’s most-capped player. With more than 100 goals at international level, he is also the nation’s all-time top goalscorer. Ronaldo has played in and scored at 11 major tournaments; he scored his first international goal at Euro 2004, where he helped Portugal reach the final. He assumed captaincy of the national team in July 2008. In 2015, Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation. The following year, he led Portugal to their first major tournament title at Euro 2016, and received the Silver Boot as the second-highest goalscorer of the tournament. He also led them to victory in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019, and later received the Golden Boot as top scorer of Euro 2020.
One of the world’s most marketable and famous athletes, Ronaldo was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017 and the world’s most famous athlete by ESPN from 2016 to 2019. Time included him on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. He is the first footballer and the third sportsman to earn US$1 billion in his career.
Cristiano Ronaldo Childhood Story:
For Biography starters, his favourite nickname remains ‘the GOAT.’ Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on the 5th day of February 1985 to his mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and late father, José Dinis Aveiro.
Upon his birth, his Dad named him ‘Ronaldo’ – in admiration for the former US president Ronald Reagan, who was just sworn in for his US second term.
Also, Ronnie’s birthplace is Funchal, located in Madeira Islands. In case you didn’t know, this is not Portugal’s mainland but one of the islands claimed by the country.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the last child of three children born of the union between his parents, Maria Dolores (a cook) and José Dinis Aveiro (a former Soldier, gardener, and kit man).
Behold, one of the earliest photos of the Football legend alongside his mum and dad after they just returned from a catholic church – Funchal civil parish of Santo António.
Growing Up as the Baby of his Household:
Ronnie grew up alongside his older brother, Hugo and two older sisters, Elma and Katia. As a last-born child of his family, the media has it that Mum and Dad pampered him a lot.
Back then, Cristiano got away scot-free whenever he commits an offence at home. Instead of owning up to his deeds, he would pretend to cry in front of his parents.
After which, his older siblings (Hugo, Elma and Katia) take blames for his misdemeanour.
Unlike his elders, being babied and spoiled took the pressure off him. Hugo, Emla, and Katia had to meet their parents’ expectations.
As a boy, Ronaldo set his dream to achieve success in his own way. He got a unique chance in life than Hugo his elder brother. It might interest you to know that while growing up, Cristiano never ran out of clothes.
From the onset, Maria Dolores dos Santos and her husband, José Dinis, ensured he gets and wears awesome collections of dresses. They use it to shade the fact that he was from a poor home.
Cristiano Ronaldo Family Background:
Everyone knows the Self-proclaimed GOAT is Football First Billionaire. Interestingly, CR7 comes from humble beginnings.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s family weren’t rich, and he experienced extreme poverty in his childhood.
The house where he grew up reflected the poverty faced by his household at that time. It serves as a lesson in humility he will never forget.
Cristiano grew up in an impoverished home and he shared a room with all his siblings.
Because of extreme poverty in his family, his mother once told the media she wanted to abort Ronaldo when she was pregnant with him.
Part of this decision came due to her husband’s alcoholism problem. Also, the fear of having too many children.
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After going to the hospital, doctors refused to perform the abortion. When Maria Dolores’ request got declined, she went AWOL. CR7’s mum began drinking warm beer.
She also ran frantically, hoping for her son would die in her belly. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Cristiano was born hale and hearty.
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