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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo 2018.jpg
Ronaldo with Portugal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full nameCristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro[1]
Date of birth (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 36)
Place of birthFunchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)[note 1]
Playing positionForward
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number7
Youth career
1992–1995Andorinha
1995–1997Nacional
1997–2002Sporting CP
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2002–2003Sporting CP B2(0)
2002–2003Sporting CP25(3)
2003–2009Manchester United196(84)
2009–2018Real Madrid292(311)
2018–Juventus66(55)
National team
2001Portugal U159(7)
2001–2002Portugal U177(5)
2003Portugal U205(1)
2002–2003Portugal U2110(3)
2004Portugal U233(2)
2003–Portugal167(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 was once the 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, breaking the 25-year record of 75,000 people at Diego Maradona's presentation for Napoli.

He is the first player to win the UEFA Champions League five times.[18] He also holds the record for the most number of goals scored in Real Madrid's history. Until this day, he remains the only player in the history of La Liga to score 30 or more goals in six consecutive seasons. [19]


Early Life

Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira Islands.[20] He has one brother named Hugo, and two sisters named Katia and Elma. He was diagnosed with a racing heart (Tachycardia) at age 15, but he got surgery to treat it. His father named him "Ronaldo" after former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. He was expelled from school for throwing a chair at a teacher because he disrespected him. 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. He joined professional football at 16 when he was called up to the A team.

Club Career

Ronaldo began his professional career at Sporting CP. On 7 October 2002, Ronaldo played his first game in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, against Moreirense. He scored two goals as 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

Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Manchester United in 2007

On 12 August 2003, Ronaldo joined Manchester United from Sporting CP for a fee of £12.24 million. [21] 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.

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.[22] 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 were the winners and Ronaldo won his first UEFA Champions League.[23]

He won the first FIFA Puskas Award in 2009, which means he scored 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.[24]

Real Madrid

Ronaldo joined Real Madrid on 1 July 2009 for a fee of €94 million, which was a world record transfer fee at the time.[25] He wore the number 9 in his first season as 7 was taken by Raúl González. Ronaldo had to wait until Raul left the club in the summer of 2010 to wear number 7.[26] He made his debut on 29 August 2009, in a La Liga game against Deportivo de La Coruña. He scored a goal and Real Madrid won 3-2.

Ronaldo won his second Ballon d'Or in 2013. 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. He became the clubs 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.[27][28]

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.[29] 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.[30] Real Madrid went on to play the final against Liverpool F.C. and became champions which meant that was Ronaldo's 5th Champions League.[31]

Juventus

On 10 July 2018, He joined Juventus of Italy and signed a 4 year contract worth 112 Million Euros.[32][33] The transfer was the highest paid for a player over 30 years old.[34] People called it "the deal of the century".[35]

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".[36] He was crying as he received the red card and said he "did nothing".[37]

International Career

Ronaldo began his international career in the 2002 UEFA U-17 Euro. He also played at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He kept progressing through the youth national teams until he played his first senior game for Portugal when he was 18 on 20 August 2003 against Kazakhstan. He scored his first goal for Portugal in a game against Greece in the UEFA Euro 2004. He played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and scored a goal against Iran. Ronaldo became captain of Portugal for the first time in a friendly game against Brazil on 6 February 2007.

That goal was also his first World Cup goal. He became Portugal's all time top scorer when he scored twice against Cameroon in March 2014, with Portugal winning 5-1.[38] He won the Euro 2016 and the 2019 UEFA Nations League with Portugal. In a 3-3 draw against Hungary, Ronaldo scored a back heel goal. This goal made him the first player to score in four Euro's.[39] 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

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.[40] He is also one of the world fastest players.[41][42] He has good heading ability because he is over 6 feet tall and jumps high. He is also known for his free kicks; he likes to use the "knuckleball" technique, which is where the ball spins very little and creates an unpredictable motion. He combines this with his high shot power, 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, such as the step-over.[43] 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.[44] 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.[45]

Reception

Ronaldo has been criticized for "diving" by many people, including his Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. [46][47]. He has also been criticized for being arrogant, such as complaining for not receiving fouls, having too high self-confidence, not celebrating with teammates after scoring goals, and getting angry after losing.[48] [49] Examples of this are when he threw a reporters microphone into a lake before a UEFA Euro 2016 match[50], and negative comments made at the Iceland national team after playing against them.[51]

Career statistics

Club

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[52] Segunda Divisão 2 0 2 0
Total 2 0 2 0
Sporting CP 2002–03[52] 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[53] 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[54] La Liga 29 26 0 0 6 7 35 33
2010–11[55] La Liga 34 40[h] 8 7 12 6 54 53
2011–12[57] La Liga 38 46 5 3 10 10 2[i] 1 55 60
2012–13[58] La Liga 34 34 7 7 12 12 2[i] 2 55 55
2013–14[59] La Liga 30 31 6 3 11 17 47 51
2014–15[60] La Liga 35 48 2 1 12 10 5[j] 2 54 61
2015–16[60] La Liga 36 35 0 0 12 16 48 51
2016–17[60] La Liga 29 25 2 1 13 12 2[g] 4 46 42
2017–18[60] 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[60] Serie A 31 21 2 0 9 6 1[l] 1 43 28
2019–20[60] Serie A 33 31 4 2 8 4 1[l] 1 46 37
2020–21[60] 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.[56]
  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

As of 17 November 2019[61][62][63][64]
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

Personal Life

Ronaldo's father, José Aveiro, died of liver disease at age 52 in September 2005 when Ronaldo was 20. [65] Ronaldo said that he does not like to drink alcohol, but has on some very few occasions.[66]

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 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.[67] Ronaldo was in a relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk from 2010–2015.[68] On 8 June 2017, Ronaldo confirmed on Facebook that he had become the father to twins, Mateo and Eva. They were born in the United States to a surrogate mother.[69][70] In November 2017, his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to their first daughter, Alana.[71]

Ronaldo is a Roman Catholic. He does not have tattoos because it would prevent him from donating blood.[72]

In 2006, He 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.[73]

A film about his life and career, titled Ronaldo, was released on 9 November 2015.[74][75]

He also has an airport named after him, Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport.[76]

He is currently the most followed Instagram user, with over 200 million followers as of February 2020.[77] He passed Selena Gomez as the most followed person in October 2018, with 144 million followers.[78][79]

Legal Issues

In June 2018, Ronaldo was given a suspended jail sentence of 2 years and a fine of €18.8 million for tax evasion.[80]

In 2017, a woman claimed she was raped by Ronaldo in Las Vegas in 2009. Documents say that Ronaldo paid a woman $375,000 to stay quiet. In July 2019, Las Vegas said they would not charge Ronaldo because there was not enough evidence.[81][82][83]

Achievements

Club

Manchester United

Real Madrid

Juventus

International

Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2018 World Cup

Portugal

Individual

  • 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
  • FA Cup top goalscorer: 2004–05
  • La Liga Best Player: 2013–14
  • 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 goalscorer: 2010–11
  • Serie A Team of the Year: 2018–19, 2019–20

Other websites

Notes

  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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