Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese footballer, is widely regarded as one of the best players in history, and his achievements over the past decade have only served to reinforce that perception among football fans. Ronaldo grew up in Madeira, Portugal, but after graduating from Sporting CP’s junior system, he was promptly signed by Manchester United after their great manager Sir Alex Ferguson noticed his winger skill. Ronaldo spent six years at Manchester United, where he honed his skills as a skilled, speedy, and lethal winger capable of scoring goals and creating chances for his teammates.
Before becoming the world’s most expensive player, he won numerous trophies with Manchester United and also represented Portugal. He has broken some of the most important goal scoring records in Real Madrid’s history, as well as leading the club to significant trophies. Ronaldo also serves as the captain of the Portuguese national team, which won Euro 2016 for the first time in their history. He has also won several individual honors, confirming his standing as one of the best footballers in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed person on Instagram, with over 415 million followers.
Childhood and Adolescence
Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Madeira, Portugal, on February 5, 1985, to Jose Dinis Aveiro and Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro. His father worked as a city gardener, and his mother worked as a cook. Ronaldo was the youngest of four siblings, including a boy and two girls.
Ronaldo was expelled from school, after assaulting his teacher with a chair. He had always been a dedicated footballer, and by the age of fourteen, he had resolved to pursue a career as a professional footballer. Ronaldo had been a member of Androrinha since he was eight years old.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined the club ‘Nacional’ in his native town of Madeira in 1995, and after a successful season there, he moved on to one of Portugal’s major clubs, Sporting CP, after passing a trial.
Cristiano Ronaldo played with Sporting CP at all levels, including under-16, under-17, under-18, the B-team, and the first squad, until finally graduating to the senior team in 2002. In his league debut, he scored two goals, announcing his arrival on the big stage. His accomplishments with Sporting CP made him famous, and he was courted by some of England’s best clubs, including Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United.
In 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo took part in a UEFA Champions League match versus Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager of the English team Manchester United, was delighted with his performance and brought him to the club the next year. Ronaldo scored three league goals and also scored in the FA Cup final to help Manchester United win the title in his first season. Ronaldo scored two goals for Portugal in the European Championships a year after joining Manchester United, as the squad finished runners-up on home soil.
During Cristiano Ronaldo’s six years with Manchester United, he became one of the club’s most significant players, and the club became one of Europe’s most successful clubs, winning three league titles in a row and the UEFA Champions League in 2008. Ronaldo became one of the top players in the world after scoring 84 goals in 196 league games for the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a key member of the Portuguese national team during the 2006 World Cup, helping them reach the semifinals. Ronaldo scored one goal throughout the tournament. He was elected captain of the national team the next year, although he only scored one goal in the European Championships that followed, as the squad was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the world’s most expensive player in 2009, when Real Madrid paid Manchester United £80 million to get him. In his rookie season, he scored 33 goals. He scored 40 goals in the following season, a league record, and helped Real Madrid win the Copa del Rey.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the captain of Portugal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, although he had a poor tournament, scoring only one goal as the side was eliminated in the round of 16 by Spain. In 2012, he was the team’s major inspiration, scoring three goals to lead Portugal to the European Championships semifinals, where they were defeated by Spain in a penalty shootout.
Cristiano Ronaldo assisted Real Madrid in winning the Spanish league title in 2012, which was his first with the club. He scored 60 goals in all competitions this season, helping Real Madrid to a 100-point season. He followed it up the next season with a total of 55 goals across all competitions.
Ronaldo’s season, which began in 2013, was particularly memorable for him since he scored a total of 51 goals while also helping Real Madrid win their coveted 10th UEFA Champions League title. Ronaldo scored 17 goals in the Champions League, making him the tournament’s all-time leading scorer in a single season. In the competition as a whole, he has 89 goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a poor 2014 World Cup, as Portugal was knocked out in the first round and he only scored one goal. In his career, he has scored 50 goals for Portugal, the most by any Portuguese player. Ronaldo was in superb form in the league seasons that began that year, scoring 61 goals in total and became the fastest player in the Spanish league to achieve the 200-goal mark. He got there in 178 games.
In the 2016 Euro Cup, he captained Portugal and led them to victory. He was wounded in the finals against France and was stretchered off after only 25 minutes, although Portugal went on to win the tournament. Ronaldo received the Silver Boot for being the tournament’s joint second-highest goalscorer.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match during the 2018 tournament. Against Spain, he scored a hat-trick. Portugal made it to the last 16 but were eliminated after losing 2–1 to Uruguay.
Personal Fact About Cristiano Ronaldo
Recognized as: Football Player
Nick Name: The Sultan Of The Stepover
Also Known As: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro
Date of Birth: February 5, 1985
Aquarius (Sun Sign)
Funchal, Portugal (birthplace)
Height: 6’2″ (188 cm), 6’2″ Males
Ancestry: Cape Verdean Portuguese
Father: José Dinis Aveiro
Mother: Maria Dolores Dos Santos Aveiro
Siblings: Elma Aveiro, Hugo Aveiro, Liliana Catia Aveiro
Wife: Spanish model Georgina Rodrguez
Children: Alana Martina Dos Santos Aveiro, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., Eva Maria Dos Santos, Mateo Ronaldo
Awards And Achievements:
Ballon d’Or/FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
FIFA Player of the Year: 2008, 2016, 2017
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year: 2014, 2016, 2017
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2008
FIFA Special Award: 2021
Ballon d’Or Dream Team: 2020
Fans Ballon d’Or Dream Team: 2020
UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
FIFPRO World11: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
LA Liga Team of the Season: 2014, 2015, 2016
UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2016, 2017
PFA Team of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
European Golden Shoe: 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015
Premier League Golden Boot: 2008
FIFA Puskas Award: 2009
UEFA Goal of the Season: 2018
La Liga Pichichi Trophy: 2011, 2014, 2015
Serie A Capocannoniere: 2021
Euros Golden Boot: 2012, 2020
Portugal Football Federation Player of the Year: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
BBC World Sport Star of the Year: 2014
UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2008
UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season: 2017, 2018
FIFPRO World Player of the Year: 2008
FIFPRO Special Young Player of the Year: 2004, 2005
PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2007, 2008
PFA Young Player of the Year: 2007
PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 2007, 2008
Premier League Player of the Season: 2007, 2008
La Liga Player of the Year/MVP: 2013, 2014
La Liga Best Forward: 2014
FWA Player of the Year: 2007, 2008
Serie A MVP: 2019
Serie A Best Striker: 2021
Manchester United Player of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2008
Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year: 2007, 2008
Juventus MVP of the Year: 2020, 2021
World Soccer Player of the Year: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
Globe Soccer Player of the Year: 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Globe Soccer Player of the Century (21st): 2020
Bravo Award: 2004
ESPY Best International Men’s Soccer Player: 2018, 2021
Goal 50: 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017
Golden Foot: 2020
The Guardian Best Male Footballer: 2014, 2016
Dongqiudi Player of the Year: 2016, 2017
UEFA Champions League Player of the Week: 15 times
IFFHS Best Male Player of the Decade: 2011-20
Quina de Oro Best Portuguese Player of All Time: 2015
Premier League Player of the Month: November 2006, December 2006, January 2008, March 2008, September 2021
La Liga Player of the Month: November 2013, May 2015, May 2017
Serie A MVP of the Month: January 2020, November 2020
Facebook La Liga Player of the Year: 2016
Facebook La Liga Best Striker: 2016
Gran Gala del Calcio Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2019, 2020
Supercoppa Italiana Best Player: 2020
Alfredo Di Stefano Trophy: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Mahou Five Star Player: December 2017, March 2018
International Champions Cup Best Player: 2013
ESPY Best International Athlete: 2014, 2016, 2018
Eurosport: World Star of the Year: 2016
Polish Press Agency European Sportsperson of the Year: 2016, 2017
UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year: 2019
UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Euros Team of the Tournament: 2004, 2012, 2016
Euros All Time XI: 2016
Nations League Finals Team of the Tournament: 2019
FIFA World Cup Fan Dream Team: 2018
IFFHS All-time Men’s World Dream Team: 2021
IFFHS All-time Men’s European Dream Team: 2021
IFFHS Men’s World Team of the Decade: 2011-20
IFFHS Men’s European Team of the Decade: 2011-20
IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2018, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
IFFHS Men’s European Team: 2020
European Sports Media Team of the Season: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2000s
France Football Team of the Decade: 2010s
L’Equipe Team of the Year: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
FIFA (video game) Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Premier League 20 Seasons Award: Fantasy Team (2012)
Gran Gala del Calcio Serie A Team of the Year: 2019, 2020
Globo de Ouro Portuguese Sportsman of the Year: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
CNID Best Portuguese Athlete Abroad: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Juventus MVP of the Month: September 2018, November 2018, December 2018, January 2019, March 2019, April 2019, December 2019, January 2020, February 2020, September 2020, November 2020, January 2021
Champions League Top Scorer: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
FIFA Club World Cup Top Scorer: 2016, 2017
Nations League Finals Top Scorer: 2019
UEFA Super Cup Top Scorer: 2014
FA Cup Top Scorer: 2005
Copa del Rey Top Scorer: 2011
Supercopa de Espana Top Scorer: 2012
Supercoppa Italiana Top Scorer: 2018, 2020
IFFHS World’s Best Top Scorer: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
IFFHS World’s Best International Scorer: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Scorer: 2014, 2015, 2020
La Liga Best Goal: 2014
Manchester United Goal of the Season: 2009
Juventus Goal of the Month: September 2018, October 2018, November 2018, March 2019, December 2020
Globe Soccer Goal of the Year: 2018
Champions League Goal of the Season: 2015, 2018, 2019
Nations League Goal of the Tournament: 2019
Champions League Goal of the Quarter-finals: 2017
Champions League Goal of the Semi-finals: 2017
Marca Leyenda: 2019
Gay Times Sexiest Man Alive: 2009
Globe Soccer Greatest Media Attraction: 2011
Globe Soccer Fans Favourite Player: 2013, 2014
Globe Soccer Goodwill Award: 2016
Globe Soccer Special Scoring Award: 2021
Sanitas Healthiest Real Madrid Player: 2015, 2016
La Liga Fans’ Five Star Player: 2015
Medal of Merit, Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Vicosa (Portuguese Royal Family)
Grand officer of the Order of Prince Henry
Commander of the Order of Merit
Officer of the Order of Prince Henry
Cordao Autonomico de Distincao
Life History And Legacy
Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, his mother, is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 but recovered. However, she was diagnosed with cancer again in February 2019.
Cristiano Ronaldo has six children, three of them were born through surrogate moms. On June 17, 2010, he became a parent for the first time when his son, Cristiano Jr., was born via surrogacy. Ronaldo kept his son’s mother’s identity a secret.
He became the father of twins, Eva and Mateo, via surrogacy on June 8, 2017.
He is currently married to Spanish model Georgina Rodrguez, with whom he has a daughter, Alana Martina, born on November 12, 2017. The couple was blessed with twins, a boy and a girl, on April 18, 2022, but the boy died during childbirth.