Cristiano Ronald is a Portuguese professional footballer who has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Portugal. Along with Lionel Messi, he is regularly considered to be one of the top two players in the world. He became the world’s most expensive player, when Real Madrid signed him for 94 million Euros in 2009 from Manchester United. Because of his apparent playboy lifestyle, he is subject to intense scrutiny from the media and spectators, though Ronaldo has been quoted as saying:
“Fans jeer me because I’m good-looking, rich & a great player.”
Short Biography Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in Portugal 5 February 1985.
His second name ‘Ronaldo’ was named after his fathers favourite American actor – Ronald Reagan.
From an early age, he loved playing football. His talent, enthusiasm and love for the game soon became apparent. By the age of 10, his talent was becoming well known in Portugal and he was signed for Nacional, a Portuguese side from Madeira. He later signed for Sporting Lisbon – one of the biggest clubs in Portugal.
His first international exposure came when representing Portugal under 17s at the UEFA championships. His performance caused him to be marked by leading European football managers. In 2003, he played against Manchester United when Sporting beat them 3-1 in a friendly.
After the departure of David Beckham, Sir Alex Ferguson decided to buy the youngster for a fee of £12.24 million. He started playing for Manchester in the 2003/04 season. Despite initially asking for the number 28 shirt, Ferguson insisted that he wear the famous number 7 shirt.
At Manchester United, his career steadily progressed. In the 2006/07 season, Ronaldo was a key figure in Manchester’s successful league campaign. Ronaldo scored over 20 goals, as he won his first championship. In March 2007, his prowess helped him to gain a record breaking £120,000 a week five year contract. He also won PFA player of the year award.
The 2007-08 season was even better, with Cristiano Ronaldo being named player of the tournament, as Manchester United won the coveted Champions League trophy. The most prestigious club competition in the world. Sir Alex Ferguson said of Ronaldo:
- “We’ve had some great players at this club in my 20 years, but he’s up with the best.”
However, despite the success, Ronaldo expressed a desire to leave the club, and move to Real Madrid. In 2009, Manchester United accepted an offer of £80 million from Real Madrid, making Ronaldo the most expensive player in the world.
Despite intense pressure, Ronaldo thrived in the atmosphere at Real Madrid reaching 100 La Liga goals in just three season at Real Madrid. However, Real Madrid were overshadowed by their more successful rivals at Barcelona, who won more titles and competitions. His prolific goal scoring record, has lead to frequent comparison with Barcelona’s exceptional Lionel Messi. Sometimes, Ronaldo played up the rivalry, but at other times played it down.
Ronaldo represented Portugal at The World Cup in 2006 and 2010 and the Euros 2004, 2008, 2012. Despite being a marked man, he helped Portugal to a consistently good performance. He is already Portugal’s third most capped player.
Ronaldo’s style of play creates both widespread admiration, and also criticism. He has the capacity to dribble and beat players, like few apart from Messi do. He is sometimes accused of being petulant (not helped in England because of his altercation with David Beckham, where he winked after getting Beckham sent off in the 2010 world cup.)
Outside of football, he is often photographed with his model girlfriends and in his many sports car. Perhaps unfairly, he is characterised as the ultimate ‘playboy’ footballer, with his styled hair, and expensive clothes. In 2009, he was involved in a crash whilst driving his Ferrari. However, after reacting to newspaper claims he was involved in drinking in England, he replied,
“I don’t smoke or drink, and I’m not a big spender. I live in a rural part of Cheshire and my nearest neighbours are squirrels, birds and cows. Much of my time is spent at home with friends and family. I enjoy being peaceful and often sit by the candelight to relax. Tranquility is important to me.”
Ronaldo has a strong work ethic, and has been able to maintain a consistently high standard of play for several seasons:
“I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans, but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that there are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.”
- Cristiano Ronaldo.
The legendary George Best said of Ronaldo:
“There have been a few players described as the new George Best over the years, but this is the first time it’s been a compliment to me.”
Some of Ronaldo’s Record
- Most goals scored in a single calendar year for club and country: 63 goals (2012)
- The most expensive footballer in history £80 million – Man Utd to Real Madrid
- The only player to have won the European Golden Shoe in two different leagues (English Premier League and Spanish La Liga)
- First top European league player to reach 40 goals in a single season in two consecutive years
- Highest strike rate recording in winning the Premier League Golden Boot (31 goals over 34 games)
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