Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional soccer player who has played for the Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid. He is currently playing for Juventus FC, as well as the Portuguese National Team.
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese soccer superstar. He initially played for Sporting CP at Portugal. In 2003, Manchester United paid the record fee of £12 million to sign him. He then set a franchise record for the number of goals scored in 2008, before moving to Real Madrid with a record fee of £80 million.
He gained the popularity through his ground-breaking performance, winning record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards for player of the year, and led Portugal to an emotional victory in the 2016 European Championship (EURO 2016). In July 2018, Ronaldo embarked on a new phase of his career by signing with Italian Serie A club Juventus.
Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, a small island off the western coast of the country. Ronaldo is the youngest of four children born to Maria Dolores dos Santos and José Dinis Aveiro. He was named after Ronald Reagan, one of his father’s favorite actors.
Ronaldo grew up in a largely working-class neighborhood in a small tin-roofed home that overlooked the ocean. Ronaldo was introduced to the game of soccer through his dad, who worked as an equipment manager at a boy’s club. His early life was shaped by hardship, as his father often get drunk from too much alcohol consumption. Ronaldo’s mother worked as a cook and cleaning person to help keep the children fed and maintain some financial stability.
In 2005, while Ronaldo was playing for Manchester United, his father died from alcohol-related kidney problems. By the time he was 10 years old, Ronaldo was already recognized as a phenomenon — a kid who live his life just to play football. “He loved the game so much he’d miss meals or escape out of his bedroom window with a ball when he was supposed to be doing his homework.”, his godfather mentioned.
By his early teens, Ronaldo’s talent and legend had grown considerably. After a stint with Nacional da liha da Madeira, he signed with Sporting CP in Portugal in 2001.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Phenomenal Football Career
In 2001, when Ronaldo was just 16 years old, Manchester United paid more than £12 million to sign him — a record fee for a player of his age.
With a mesmerizing performance with Portugal against Manchester, Ronaldo wowed his opponents as well as the other team members with his creative dribble skills. During the 2004 FA Cup final, he scored an amazing hat-trick and helped Man Utd capture the championship.
In 2008, Ronaldo again justified his high salary with his incredible performance when he put together one of the club’s finest seasons in history, setting a franchise record for goals scored (42), and earning himself the FIFA World Player of the Year honor for 2008. Totally, Ronaldo helped steer Manchester United to three premier league titles.
In 2009, the Spanish soccer club Real Madrid agreed to pay Manchester United a record £80 million, signing Ronaldo into the squad. Ronaldo’s commitment to Manchester United had come under constant question, and speculation swirled that he wanted to play elsewhere, so nobody was all that surprised to see Ronaldo leave.
“I know that they are going to demand a lot of me to be successful at the club and I know that I’m going to have much more pressure than at Manchester United because I was there for many years,” Ronaldo told reporters. “But it means a new challenge and is going to help me be the best footballer.”
Ronaldo has completed his eye-opening achievements, compiling an impressive list of individual honors and team trophies, specially with the five Ballon d’Or awards as the sport’s player of the year, beating out FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
In 2016, Ronaldo has made his personal memorable moments, considering as his prime, by winning the European Championship, Champions League and Club World Cup. The following year, he claimed a fifth Ballon d’Or to tie the mark held by his longtime rival, Messi.
In July 2018, the well-known Italian Serie A club Juventus, which paid a £100 million transfer fee to his old Spanish club.
Ronaldo paid tribute to Real fans in an open letter on the club’s website: “These years at Real Madrid and in this city of Madrid have quite possibly been the happiest years of my life. I only have feelings of great gratitude to this club, to the fans and to the city. I can only give thanks to all of them for the love and affection that I have received.”, Ronaldo mentioned.
Going through many doubts on his performance regarding his age, Ronaldo’s debut season with Juventus was a glorious 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.
Portugal National Team
On July 10, 2016, Ronaldo added an emotional victory to his collection. As his national team’s captain, Ronaldo led Portugal to the European Championship final against the home team, France. According to the interview with Ronaldo, it is mentioned that it was considered as one of his biggest and unforgettable moments during his football career.
Although he was sidelined after suffering a knee injury 25 minutes into the match, Portugal went on to win the championship title 1-0, their first international trophy. Ronaldo’s teammates said that he motivated them as team captain from the sidelines.
“This is one of the happiest moments in my career,” Ronaldo commented. ”I’ve always said I wanted to win a trophy with the national team and make history. And I did it. Thank God, things went well for us.”
During the 2018 World Cup, he wowed the Spanish fans with his incredible hat-trick, especially his stunning free-kick at the final minutes before the whistle. He did amaze the crowd again with another goal against Morocco, setting a European record with 85 international goals.