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BILBAO, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid looks on prior to the start the La Liga match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid at San Mames Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo
Soccer Player · Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo

Facts

Full name Cristiano Ronaldo

Nickname Cris, Ron, Ronnie, CR7

Nationality Portugal

Position Left wing / Forward

Club Real Madrid

Born February 5, 1985 (Age 32)

Height 1.85 m

Salary from the club 420,000 € per week

Value 85 million. € – Jan. 2017

Titles: 24

Official matches played in total (Teams): 136

Official goal scored in total (Teams): 68

Official matches played in total (Club): 628

Official goal scored in total (Club): 493

 

Senior Career:

Real Madrid (2009-Present)

Manchester United (2003-2009)

Sporting CP (2002-2003)

Youth Career:

Sporting CP (1997-2002)

Nacional (1995-1997)

Andorinha (1993-1995)

Cristiano Ronaldo

“What I want to achieve is to stand as a historical record holder when I finish my career. I want to win as many titles. I want to win as many Ballon d’Or, and I will be the biggest ever in football. ” – Cristiano Ronaldo, January 2015.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s childhood
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born February 5, 1985 on Madeira Island in Portugal, located in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Portugal. Ronaldo’s mother is Maira Dolores dos Santos and his father’s name was Jose Dinis Aveiro, and they had five children together, of which Ronaldo was the youngest.

Ronaldo’s life was from his birth marked by adversity, and it has certainly helped to mold him to the winner he is today. He grew up in a relatively poor community, in a small house overlooking the water. He and his five siblings all lived in the same room, and money was scarce. At age 15 he was diagnosed with a heart disease, he underwent surgery, in order to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer. Subsequently, as 20-year-old saw Ronaldo losing his father when he after a prolonged alcohol abuse, died in 2005. This was hard on Ronaldo, who had a close relationship with his father, who had often tried to convince his father to take on rehabilitation.

It was through Ronaldo’s father’s work as an equipment manager at the local football club Andorinha, Ronaldo was introduced to football as 8-year-old. When Ronaldo by now was 10 years, he was already known locally as a “phenomenon” – A boy who ate, slept and drank football. “All he wanted was to play football,” was what his godfather Fernao Sousa told some British reporters in an interview. “He loved the game so much that he often missed meals or fled out of his window in the room with a football when he was supposed to do homework.”

 

Personligt liv
”Hvorfor jeg tror, at tilskuerne buher af mig? Fordi jeg er rig, ser godt ud og er en fantastisk fodboldspiller” – Cristiano Ronaldo, september 2011.

Hurtig mand, hurtigere biler! Ronaldo mangler ikke selvtillid, og hans arrogance kan virke provokerende, men den er på samme tid en af grundende til at han hører hjemme i selskab med spillere som Maradona, Pelé og Messi. Han holder sig ikke tilbage, og er altid i søgelyset, selv uden for banen. Eksempelvis når han fester med Paris Hilton i L.A, når han som ”CR7” er til VIP arrangementer og Formel 1 i Monaco lige efter sæsonafslutninger, når han er på forsiden af glittermagasin-covers, eller når hans eget PR-team ligger billeder op på de sociale medier. Cristiano Ronaldo lever livet i den hurtige bane, og han gør det med rette.

Han er dog andet end fodboldspiller og ”CR7”. Han siger selv, at han er et følelsesmenneske, og han græder ofte. Han er angiveligt besat af tanken om at være den bedste, og han har helt sikkert passioner. En af dem er fodbold, en anden er bordtennis. Da han var på Sportings akademi, så klubbens bordtennistræner ham spille, og tilbød ham på stedet at blive professionel. Han er desuden vild med tennis, at svømme, atletik, musik, hjemøen Madeira og smukke kvinder. En af dem var den russiske supermodel Irina Shayk, som han angiveligt mødte i forbindelse med en Armani kampagne.

Ronaldo fik den 17 juni 2010 en søn, som han kaldte Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., og som i familien fik øgenavnet ”Cristianinho”. Sønnen blev født i USA, og Cristiano har den fulde forældremyndighed.

CR7 Brand
CR7 som brand startede som CR7 Underwear i 2013, da Ronaldo indgik et samarbejde med den danske underbukseproducent JBS Textile Group. I samarbejde med JBS blev CR7’s underbuks- og strømpekollektionen designet i samarbejde med den New-York baserede designer Richard Chai. Senere hen udviklede brand ‘et sig til også at inkludere T-shirts og sko og målet er at etablere en hel komplet kollektion af mens wear. I sommeren 2016 ekspanderede CR7 brand’et yderligere, da Ronaldo åbnede sit første hotel, det 5-stjernede ”The Pestana CR7 Hotel” i hans hjemby Funchal på Madeira. Hotellet er placeret et stenkast fra Cristiano Ronaldo Museum’et der også åbnede i 2016, hvor alle hans trofæer er udstillet. Hotellet var det første der åbnede af CR7’s hotelimperium på i alt 4 hoteller, som er placeret i Lissabon, Madrid og New York.

Current club

Club Real Madrid
Number 7
Years 2009 –
Goals 273
Apps 251

Career

Andorinha 1992 – 1995
Nacional 1995 – 1997
Sporting CP 1997 – 2002
Sporting CP B 2002 – 2003
Sporting CP 2002 – 2003
Manchester United 2003 – 2009
Real Madrid 2009 –

Cristiano Ronaldo’s club career

Ronaldo reached his early teens, his talent and reputation soared. After unfolding in football Nacional da liha da Madeira, he wrote at age 12 during the Sporting CP in 1997.

Sporting CP

Here, he trained at Sporting CP academy along with the other youth players, and when he was 14 years, had everyone at the club realized that he had great potential, and then took it off for the young Cristiano Ronaldo.

He was the only player in the team that at one season (2002) managed to advance from U-16 to U-17, U-18, Sporting CP’s B team and on to Sporting CP’s first team. Here he scored in his debut match 2 goals against Moreirense. He was subsequently selected for Portugal’s U-17 team for the U-17 European Championships in 2002.

In 2003 won the Sporting CP 3-1 against Manchester United in a friendly match, and in the battle shone Ronaldo so much that several of United’s players asked then-manager Sir. Alex Ferguson to get Ronaldo to the club.

Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson listened to its players, and in August 2003 changed Ronaldo to Manchester United for 14 million. € where he got the jersey no. 7. Ronaldo would have originally no. 28, but Sir Alex insisted that Ronaldo should have no. 7, and thus walk in the same footsteps as the legends Eric Cantona, George Best and David Beckham who all bar the iconic no. Ronaldo surrendered to Sir Alex’s decision, and CR7 was created. Ronaldo went after switching from having a monthly salary of 1,500 € to 150,000 €, and it was not long before the Premier League taught the young Southerner to know.

Ronaldo made his debut for Manchester United as he was substituted into the season premiere against Bolton, which was won 4-0. He scored his first goal on a free kick goal in a 3-0 victory over Portsmouth FC on 1 November 2003. In his first season in English football, he scored a total of 10 goals across all competitions, and he ended up scoring the opening goal in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Millwall in the FA Cup final.

 

Ronaldo won his second trophy in English football in 2006, by scoring the third goal in the 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the League Cup final.

Ronaldo’s breakthrough in the 2006-07 season, when he too scored 20 goals and won the Premier League for the first time. It was also during this season that he scored his first Champions League goals when he scored twice in the 7-1 victory over AS Roma in the quarter-finals. An important factor in Ronaldo’s success was his one-on-one training with first team coach Rene Meulensteen, who taught him to be more unpredictable, improve his interpersonal skills, shout more on the ball and be more cynical in his game by capitalizing more on scoring opportunities rather than seeking aesthetic beautiful goals that he was already very famous. His success led to an improved contract that now meant that Ronaldo earned 550 000 € a month.

2007-08 season was Ronaldo’s best during his time at Manchester United, where he won his first Champions League title, after winning the final against Chelsea FC after a penalty shootout. In addition to the Champions League he won the Premier League and World Club Championship. At the same time, he was both top scorer in the Premier League with 31 goals as well as the Champions League with eight goals. This led to Ronaldo’s so far biggest moment when he won the award as the world’s best footballer for the first time. He thus became Manchester United’s first Ballon d’Or winner since Geroge Best in 1968, and at the same time the first Premier League player to win the FIFA World Player of the Year.

In 2008-09 won Ronaldo Puskas Award (this year’s goal), he from 40 meters scored a free kick goal against FC Porto in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Ronaldo has since stated that this is the best goal he had ever scored. Ronaldo also won this season the Premier League for the third time as he won the League Cup. Ronaldo and Manchester United also qualified for the Champions League final in Rome, which however lost 2-0 against Pep Guardiola’s FC Barcelona team with Lionel Messi in the team.

Ronaldo was obviously very well-liked in Manchester, but in the last two years constantly rumored to other clubs. One of the clubs were Real Madrid, who were keen to ensure the confident Portuguese. It eventually led to record sales in football as Real Madrid in June 2009 bought Ronaldo for 94 million. €, which made him the most expensive footballer ever.

Real Madrid
Nobody was really surprised at the change, and it was probably fate that Ronaldo was going to Madrid. Especially because Ronaldo’s direct rival in the fight for the title of world’s best footballers run around in Barcelona. Ronaldo signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid, and football’s biggest player rivalry was created, like the eternal debate about who is the best footballer ever. “El clásico” the majestic showdown also got a new dimension of the fight between Ronaldo – Messi.

Ronaldo was presented at the Santiago Bernabeu 6 July 2009 in front of 80,000 fans when he was presented with jersey no. 9 of Real Madrid legend Alfredo de Stefano. It was more than 65,000 fans; the previous record was as Diego Armando Maradona 5 July 1984 was welcomed at the San Paolo stadium in Naples.

Ronaldo started with thunder and lightning when he scored in his first four games of the season. She ran into a bad ankle injury during the season, and was out for seven weeks. He ended the season with 33 goals in all competitions, but had to go title-less through his first season at Real Madrid.

At the start of the 2010-11 season left attack legend Raúl Real Madrid, and he handed hereby jersey no. 7 Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7 was reborn in Real Madrid, and he also won his first title in spanks football when he scored the decisive goal in extra time in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. He also ended up as top scorer in the Spanish league with 40 league goals, which were 2 goals more than the former record holders Telmo Zarra (38 goals) and Hugo Sánchez (38 goals). He also won the European Golden Boot for the second time in his career with his 53 goals in all competitions.

The following year, in the 2011-12 season won Ronaldo and Real Madrid the league, and he ended the season with 60 goals, and he became the first player to score against all 19 opponents in a single season in La Liga.

In 2012-13 Real Madrid won the Supercopa Espana over Barcelona and Ronaldo also won his second Ballon D’or.

In the 2013-14 season scored Ronaldo his goal no. 200 in 197 matches for Real Madrid in a match against Malaga. It was also during this season that Ronaldo was the top scorer in the Champions League with 17 goals, a record for a single Champions League season. In addition, he first Real Madrid for the long-awaited “La Decima”, Real Madrid’s 10th Champions League title. Ronaldo’s performance in this season gave him the Ballon d’Or title for the second year in a row, just as he was named as the best player in La Liga.

 

In the 2014-15 season, Ronaldo set a new personal record with his 61 goals across all competitions, and won the World Club Championship.

2015-16 season would prove to be the best season in Ronaldo’s career, when he was again top scorer in the Champions League with 16 goals. This was also the season in which Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane took over the post coach and Real Madrid won the “La undecima”, the club’s 11th Champions League title. Ronaldo was also in this season Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer as he October 17, 2015 scored his 324th Real Madrid goal, and thus surpassed Raúl. Later he won this summer’s European Championship finals in Portugal, and was awarded his fourth Ballon D’or.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s International career
Cristiano Ronaldo started his international career in early 2001 when he was selected for the Portuguese U15 national team. He represented later Portugal U17, U20 and U23 national team before he made his debut in the senior national team in 2003 against Kazakhstan at age 18.

Ronaldo was shortly selected for Portugal’s European Championship squad in 2004, where he received a silver medal, after Portugal lost to Greece in the final.

In 2006 he participated in his first World Cup, having scored the second most goals in World Cup qualifying.

In 2008, the Portuguese national team a transformation where the team got a new coach and Ronaldo was named as captain at the age of 23 years.

In 2010 he took part in his second World Cup where Portugal were knocked out in 16 of the final of Spain.

In 2014 he participated in his third World Cup, where he was in the World Cup qualification obtained to become the top scorer for Portugal. Portugal was here eliminated from the tournament in the group stage.

In 2016 culminated Ronaldo’s national team career when Portugal won the European Championship for the first time in its history when Portugal after extra time won 1-0 over France in Paris. A crying Ronaldo had to retire after 25-minutes of play, but spent the rest of the game on the sidelines, where he encouraged the players. Ronaldo scored during the tournament three goals and made three assists.

Cristiano Ronaldo Playing Style
Cristiano Ronaldo has traditionally played left edge throughout his career. On the edge he used for many years his extreme quickness combined with fast dribbling, and a fatal shot, which over time has produced countless disasters at defenders and goalkeepers worldwide. All these qualities combined with Ronaldo’s instinctive ability to score goals inside the box, his unrivaled physics and jumping strength, and the ability to score with both feet is what makes Ronaldo for a “full attack” and possibly the best of its kind ever. Not to mention his special ability to score on a free-kick, and his uncanny coolness from the penalty spot.

It’s just a combination of all these qualities over the years, has captivated fans and viewers, and for this reason also why he of many hailed as the best footballer ever.

During recent years, however, we have seen a change in Ronaldo’s style of play, where he often plays more like a traditional “9’s” at Real Madrid, and scores more goals inside the box.

International Titles

 

European Championship winner in 2016 (Portugal)

European Championship silver winner Euro 2004 (Portugal)

club Titles

Manchester United

Premier League 2007, 2008, 2009

FA Cup 2004

League Cup 2006, 2009

FA Community Shield 2007

English Super Cup 2007, 2008

Champions League 2008

World Club Championship 2008

Real Madrid

La Primera 2012

Copa del Rey in 2011, 2014

Spanish Super Cup 2013

Champions League 2014 2016

UEFA Super Cup 2014, 2016

World Club Championship in 2014, 2016

individual titles

Ballon d’Or: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016

FIFA World Player of the Year: 2008

The Best FIFA Football Awards: 2016

The European Golden Shoe: 2008, 2011, 2014 (Shared with Luis Suarez), 2015

Top scorer in the Champions League: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 (Shared with Messi and Neymar) 2016

Top scorer in the Premier League: 2008

Top scorer in La Liga: 2011, 2014, 2015

Top scorer in the Copa del Rey: 2011, 2013

Top scorers for Euro 2012

Top scorer for the FIFA Club World Cup 2016

UEFA Euro 2004 Tournament Teams

Bravo Award, this year’s Young Player 2004

Player of the Year in Portugal in 2007

UEFA Year Team in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year in 2004, 2007, 2008

FIFPro Team of the Year 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

PFA players’ licensing of Player of the Year 2007, 2008

PFA fans’ grading of Player of the Year 2007, 2008

FWA journalist licensing of Player of the Year 2007, 2008

Premier League Player of the Month in November 2006 December 2006 January 2008 March 2008

Premier League golden boot in 2008

UEFA this year’s attacks in 2008

UEFA Footballer of the Year 2008

FIFPro Player of the Year 2008

FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball 2008

World Soccer Player of the Year 2008

Onze d’or 2008

Onze d’argent 2007, 2009

Onze de Bronze 2010

FIFA Puskás Award 2009

 

Rekorder

Sammendrag af nogle af de væsentligste Ronaldo rekorder:

All-time topscorer i Champions League: 96 mål

All-time flest assists i Champions League: 33 assists

All-time flest frisparksmål i Champions League: 12 frisparksmål

All-time topscorer til EM: 9 mål (Delt med Michel Platini)

Hurtigste spiller til at nå 200 mål i en af Europas top 5 ligaer (La Liga)

Hurtigste spiller til at nå 250 mål i en af Europas top 5 ligaer (La Liga)

Hurtigste spiller til at nå 300 officielle klubmål (Real Madrid)

Flest hattricks i spansk fodbold: 35 hattricks

Flest hattricks i La Liga: 32 hattricks

Flest hattricks I en sæson: 8 hattricks (Delt med Lionel Messi)

Hurtigste hattrick for Real Madrid: (8 minutter)

All-time topscorer for Real Madrid: 389 mål

All-time flest kampe for Portugals landshold: 136 kampe

All-time topscorer for Portugals landshold: 66 mål

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