Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, better known as Ronaldo or CR7, is a Portuguese soccer superstar, who plays as a forward on the football pitch. He is regarded as one of the best players of this generation. According to records, Ronaldo has scored a total of 704 goals; 89 goals in the UEFA Champions League and 338 in the history of Real Madrid.
He has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or five times, two Ballon D’ors behind his arch rival Lionel Messi. Known for his pace and physicality, the hardcore footballer plays on the left wing, but can play as a striker as well. The Portuguese international’s unique skills in football has made him till date arguably the greatest footballer of all time…‘Read full article’
This article is all about the exciting details about Ronaldo; his biography, real name, age, country, education, career, family, relationship, children, awards and net worth.
Cristiano Ronaldo, born February 5, 1985, hails from Madeira, Portugal, and was raised by his parents, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Diniz Aveiro.
He is the youngest member of a big family – one elder brother, Hugo, and two elder sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia.
Ronaldo learned to master his skills as a footballer at an early age with his local team, Nacional, and by the time he turned 12 years old, he already made his name for himself as one of Madeira’s top footballers. The name ‘Ronaldo’ was inspired by the former US-president, Ronald Reagan, whom his father was influenced by.
Nick Name: Ronaldo
Real Name: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro
Wife: Georgina Rodriguez
Father: José Dinis Aveiro
Mother: Maria Dolores Dos Santos Aveiro
Siblings: Elma Aveiro, Hugo Aveiro, Liliana Cátia Aveiro
Children: Alana Martina Dos Santos Aveiro, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., Eva Maria Dos Santos, Mateo Ronaldo.
Height: 6’2” (188cm), 6’2” Males
At a tender age, Ronaldo got enrolled at Escola Básica e Secundária Gonçalves Zarco, where he began his elementary education and while a junior, Ronnie wasn’t interested in studying.
Ronaldo’s disdain for school got so intense as he grew up. He would never do his homework, but rather indulge in his fast-growing passion for football and he later got signed for Andorinha football academy.
By age 14, Ronaldo began to have that insane mentality to push himself in doing the extraordinary with the soccer ball at the age of 14 years and as time went on, he began disliking the idea of mixing education with football.
Ronaldo was expelled from the school after he assaulted his teacher by throwing a chair at him. In his quest to focus entirely on the game, the talented footballer came to terms with his mother to stop schooling. Although popular among students in his class, Ronaldo never had a great time with his teachers.
The Island of Madeira was also the place where Cristiano Ronaldo first learned to master his skills as a footballer at the age of 12 years in Madeira and he spent years playing for his local team, Nacional. It wasn’t long before he started to catch the attention of other big Portuguese clubs like Sporting, Benfica. However he eventually chose to play for Sporting which was a team his mother loved and followed as she was growing up, to play with the likes of Figo was the dream for her son.
In the summer of 2003, when Ronaldo was 16-year-old, Sporting played against Manchester United and defeated them, Cristiano caught the attention of Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. He later became Manchester United’s first-ever Portuguese player.
Manchester United paid £12 million (over $14 million U.S. dollars) to sign him, a record fee for a player of his age. In the 2004 FA Cup final, Ronaldo scored Manchester’s first three goals and helped them capture the championship. He set a franchise record for goals scored in 2008, before Real Madrid paid a record $131 million for his services the following year.
In 2007, Cristiano won PFA Young Player of the Year, PFA Player of the Year, PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, Portuguese Footballer of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year and Manchester United’s Players’ Player of the Year. The year 2008 also saw him taking back the PFA Player Of The Year Award for the second time running.
Among his many accomplishments, Ronaldo has won a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards for player of the year, and led Portugal to an emotional victory in the 2016 European Championship. In July 2018, he also embarked on a new phase of his career by signing with Italian Serie A club Juventus.
Ronaldo’s debut season with Juventus was a successful one. He scored 10 times in his first 14 games, and headed home the lone goal in a win over AC Milan for the Supercoppa Italiana trophy. After leading his club to its eighth consecutive Serie A title, he was named the league’s MVP in May 2019.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2016 wins included the European Championship, Champions League and Club World Cup, plus individual awards from UEFA and France Football magazine. The following year, he claimed a fifth Ballon d’Or to tie the mark held by his longtime rival, Messi.
On August 27, 2021, it was announced that Ronaldo would return to Manchester United. His return to the club contributed immensely at Old Trafford, where he scored a total of 145 goals in 346 appearances. The club later announced on November 22, 2022, that Ronaldo will no longer be playing for the team.
Just recently, Ronaldo signed the biggest contract in the history of football. Al-Nassr, a Saudi Arabian club recently announced the hardcore footballer as a new player. His latest salary is one of the largest salaries in football history. He will earn a total package of over €500 million in two and half years at Al-Nassr FC.
Awards & Achievements
- Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon D’Or (later known as the FIFA World Player of the Year Award) in 2008, when he was a Manchester United player.
- In 2013, he won the FIFA World Player of the Year Award and won it again the following year.
- Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for being the highest scorer in the history of Real Madrid with 338 goals.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest ever goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League with 89 career goals till date.
- Forbes magazine ranked him the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2016, and 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo has had six children out of which three have been born via surrogate mothers. He first became a father on June 17, 2010, when his son, Cristiano Jr., was born via surrogacy. Ronaldo did not reveal the identity of his son’s mother.
From 2010 to 2015, he was in a relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk. On June 8, 2017, he also became father to twins, daughter Eva and son Mateo, via surrogacy.
Ronaldo is currently in a relationship with Spanish model, Georgina Rodríguez, and the couple was blessed with a daughter, Alana Martina, on November 12, 2017. On April 18, 2022, the couple was also blessed with twins, a boy and a girl, however, the boy died during childbirth.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated to be around $500 million according to Forbes. The hardcore footballer was previously ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017.
According to records, he is also the first active team-sport athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings in 2020. He is the third richest athlete in the world behind basketball player Lebron James and fellow soccer player Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo’s net worth mainly comes from his salary and winnings with the soccer player obtaining $60 million from his plays. The other half comes from endorsements. The former Manchester United player has a lifetime deal with Nike when he signed with the sports brand that’s worth $1 billion in 2016 and a $100 million signing-on bonus.
He also has other brand deals with Delivery Hero, Herbalife, MTG, Nike, Unilever. He also owns his own company called CR7 which sells sunglasses, underwear, fragrances and footwear.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a talented footballer who has contributed highly towards the journey of football. He is well followed on all social media handles where he posts about his personal life, careers, opinions, and achievements.
Nearly 106 million follow him on Twitter, 158 million on Facebook, and 526 Million on Instagram.
- Twitter Handle: @Cristiano Ronaldo
- Facebook Page: Cristiano Ronaldo
- Instagram Account: @Cristiano Ronaldo
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