Cristiano Ronaldo, shortly called (CR7) was born on 5th February 1985 is a professional footballer of Portugal. He plays as a captain in Portugal National Team and for Serie A club Juventus as a forward player. Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world and the greatest player of all time. He has won four European Golden Shoes and, five Ballon d’Or awards both record for a European player.
CR7 has almost won 31 major trophies throughout his career which includes; Five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, seven league titles, and one UEFA Nations Leagues. He also holds the record of the player, for the most goals with 134 goals and 40 assists in the history of the UEFA Champions League. He has scored over 770 club and country Official senior career goals.
Cristiano is also the top second male to score 100 international goals and, the first one in the European country to achieve the feat. Ronaldo was raised and born in Maderia, he began his senior club career playing before the age of 18 for Sporting CP and signed with Manchester United at the age of 18 in 2003.
In the first season after winning the FA Cup, he supported Manchester United to win three Premier League titles successively, The FIFA world cup, and The UEFA Championship League at the age of 23. Ronaldo was the most expensive association football transfer signed for Real Madrid with worth 94 million Euros, in 2009. After entering Real Madrid, he won 15 total trophies that include; two Copas del Rey, four UEFA Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, and became the All-time top goal scorer of the club. Ronaldo finished runner-up three times for the Ballon d’Or continuously. After the Third consecutive champions league title in 2018, he became the first player to win the same trophy five times.
Then in 2018, he signed Juventus in a transfer worth 100 million Euros. This is the highest amount paid for a player over the age of 30 and the highest fee paid by an Italian Club. In his first two seasons, he won Series A with the club. Ronaldo made his debut in the senior international match for Portugal at the age of 18 in 2003. He has earned over 170 caps since 2003, which includes becoming Portugal’s most capped player and Portugal’s top goal scorer of all time. In 2004, he scored his first international goal at the Euro cup, which helped Portugal reach the finale.
He got the full captaincy of the national team in 2008. Ronaldo was named the best player of all time in Portugal by the Portugues Football Federation in 2015. In the coming year, he led Portugal to its first triumph in a tournament by winning Euro Cup 2016. He became the second-highest goal scorer of the tournament and received the silver boot. Ronaldo is one of the most famous and marketable athletes in the world and was also ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2016 and 2017. From 2016 to 2019, he was given the title of the world’s most famous athlete by ESPN. In 2014, Ronaldo was also listed as the 100 most influential people in the world by “Time”. CR is the third sportsman and the first football player to earn 1 billion dollars in their career.
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on Portugal island of Maldives in Funchal and grew up there. He is the youngest child of Maria Dolores dos Santos Viveiros da Aveiro and Jose Dinis Aveiro. Isabel da Piedade his great grandmother was from the island Sao Vicente Cape Verde. He has three siblings, his two sisters, Elma Catia Katia and Liliana Catia Katia, his elder brother Hugo. His mother’ Maria Dolores dos Santos Viveiros da Aveiro, said that he was about to abort Cristiano Ronaldo because of poverty and already having 3 children. His father’s alcoholism also made her abort her child. But the doctor did not agree to perform the procedure. So, she had to keep him. He then grew up in a Catholic home, sharing the rooms with all his siblings.
Ronaldo played from 1992 to 1995 for Andorinha as a child player. His father was the kit man there and, he later lived with Nacional for two years. He went on a three-day trial with Sporting CP; they signed a contract for him paying 1500 Euros, in 1997, at the age of 12. Then he moved to Alcochete from Madeira to join the youth football academy. At the age of 14, Ronaldo said to his mother that he could play football semi-professionally and would focus on football entirely. He had also been expelled from the school for throwing a chair at his teacher; he was accused of being disrespectful, while he was popular among his friends at school. Ronaldo went through heart surgery, where he thought he would not be able to play football again. He resumed his training a few days later as he was discharged from the hospital in few hours after the completion of the operation.
Ronaldo an attacker has the potential to play either wing or through the center of the pitch. He is right-footed but can play with either of his legs. He is one of the world’s fastest football players with or without the ball. He has gone through several evolutions in his playing styles during his career. At Manchester United, Ronaldo was seen developing himself as a traditional winger of the right side in midfield. He almost looked into the penalty area to deliver crosses.
After his maturity, he went through a physical transformation of his body, developing a muscular body type that allowed him to retain the ball and also got strong legs which helped him polish his jumping ability. His transformation of the body made his heading accurate and his height which is 1.87 meters (6.21ft) give him an edge to win. Ronaldo played more attacking and functioning both as a supporting forward and striker even midfielder in his finals at Manchester.
Due to his striking ability, he developed into a prolific goal scorer who was able to work equally inside and outside the penalty area. He is an accurate penalty kicker and, he also was a set-piece specialist known for his outstanding and powerful free kicks. He is well known for using the technique Knuckleball developed by Juninho Pernambucano. Manchester United Former Assistant Manager Mike Phelan commented regarding CR’s unique style of taking free kicks; others use to put the ball down the ground, move back, run a bit, and hit the ball but, he brings in more dynamic showmanship. Ronaldo places the ball down with high concentration, takes his few steps back so, that his foot stands just right, and hits the ball in the spot perfectly. And with his slight arrogance when he pulls his shorts up, he is saying’ keep eyes on me this is going in.
Family, children, and relationships
Cristiano Ronaldo is a father of four children. He had a baby boy as his first child, named Cristiano Jr. He was born in the United States on 17 June 2010. As per the agreement with his wife; he would be fully responsible for his child and would not reveal who the mother is. CR announced his break up with the Russian model Irina Shayk in 2015 with who he was in a relationship for five years. On 2017, June 8, he became the father of twins’ daughter and son; Eva and Mateo respectively. He is now in a relationship with Georgina Rodriguez, a Spanish model. In November 2017, they gave birth to a daughter Alana Martina.
Cristiano was almost charged for fraudulently evading 15 million euros tax between 2011 and 2014, In July 2017 but, he did not accept the claim. Ronaldo was given two-year jail suspended sentence and was also fined 18.8 million Euros. Later on, his fine was reduced to 16.8 million Euros after a deal with the authorities. Ronaldo along with another man underwent investigation by the British Crown Prosecution Service after the rape case in 2005, which case was brought forward to the authorities by two women. Within 48 hours, those women withdrew their statements and allegation. Later on, Scotland Yard issued a statement declaring insufficient evidence for a prosecution. Ronaldo was also investigated for a rape allegation by “Las Vegas Police Department” which was originated in 2009.
The documents confirmed by the lawyer of Ronaldo states that he paid US dollars 375000 to the women in the statement of non-disclosure. Cristiano Ronaldo with his lawyer denied all the claims that were put in Ronaldo clarifying each of his claims. Las Vegas Prosecutors in July 2019 said that they cannot charge Ronaldo in the allegation of rape. They added in the statements that the provided information provided regarding the allegations of sexual assault on his behalf of him cannot be proven in reasonable doubt.