Cristiano Ronaldo, shortly called (CR7) was born on 5th February 1985 and is a professional footballer from Portugal. He plays as a captain in Portugal’s National Team and for Serie A club Juventus as a forward player.
Cristiano 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 records for a European player.
CR7 has won almost 31 significant trophies, including Five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, seven league titles, and one UEFA Nations League.
He also holds the player’s record 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 Ronaldo is the second male to score 100 international goals and the first 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 in winning 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, worth 94 million Euros in 2009.
After entering Real Madrid, he won 15 total trophies, including two Copas del Rey, four UEFA Champions League titles, and 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 30 and the highest fee paid by an Italian Club.
In his first two seasons, he won Series A with the club. Ronaldo debuted in the senior international match for Portugal at 18 in 2003. He has earned over 170 caps since 2003, including becoming Portugal’s most-capped player and Portugal’s top goal scorer.
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 Portuguese Football Federation in 2015.
In the coming year, he led Portugal to its first triumph in a tournament by winning the Euro Cup 2016. He became the second-highest goal scorer of the match and received the silver boot. Ronaldo is one of the world’s most famous and marketable athletes and was also ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2016 and 2017.
From 2016 to 2019, ESPN named him the world’s most famous athlete. In 2014, Ronaldo was listed as one of 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.
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Early life
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 of Sao Vicente Cape Verde. He has three siblings: his two sisters, Elma Catia Katia and Liliana Catia Katia, and his elder brother Hugo.
His mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Viveiros da Aveiro, said he was about to abort Cristiano Ronaldo because of poverty and already having three children.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s father’s alcoholism also made her abort her child. However, 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 to pay 1500 Euros in 1997, at the age of 12.
Then, he moved to Alcochete from Madeira to join the youth football academy. 14 Ronaldo told his mother that he could play football semi-professionally and would focus entirely on football.
Cristiano Ronaldo had also been expelled from the school for throwing a chair at his teacher; he was accused of being disrespectful while being popular among his friends.
Ronaldo had heart surgery and thought he could not play football again. He resumed his training a few days later as he was discharged from the hospital a few hours after the operation’s completion.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s playing style
Ronaldo, an attacker, can 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 underwent a physical transformation, developing a muscular body type that allowed him to retain the ball and get muscular legs, which helped him polish his jumping ability.
His body transformation made his heading accurate, and his height, 1.87 meters (6.21ft), gave him an edge to win. Ronaldo played more attacking and functioned 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 could work equally inside and outside the penalty area.
He is an accurate penalty kicker and a set-piece specialist known for his excellent and powerful free kicks. He is well known for using the technique of Knuckleball developed by Juninho Pernambucano.
Manchester United Former Assistant Manager Mike Phelan commented regarding CR’s unique style of taking free kicks; others used 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 perfectly hits the ball in the spot.
And with his slight arrogance, when he pulls his shorts up, he says,’ 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, 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 whom 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 in tax between 2011 and 2014 In July 2017, but he did not accept the claim. Ronaldo was given a two-year jail suspended sentence and fined 18.8 million Euros.
Later, 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 claim was brought forward to the authorities by two women. Within 48 hours, those women withdrew their statements and allegations.
Later, Scotland Yard issued a statement declaring insufficient evidence for a prosecution. Ronaldo was also investigated for a rape allegation by the “Las Vegas Police Department,” which originated in 2009.
The documents confirmed by his lawyer state that he paid US dollars 375000 to the women in the non-disclosure statement. Cristiano Ronaldo, with his lawyer, denied all the claims put in Ronaldo, clarifying each of his claims. Las Vegas Prosecutors in July 2019 said they could not charge Ronaldo with the allegation of rape.
They added in the statements that the provided information regarding the allegations of sexual assault on his behalf could not be proven in reasonable doubt.