Full Name: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro
Date of Birth: 5 February 1985 (Age: 29)
Place of Birth: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing Position: Forward
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro! Born on 5 February 1985 commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish Club Real Madrid. He is also currently playing as a captain of Portugal National Football Team.
“Ronaldo is a unique player for all of his talent and his professionalism. He is a player who is extraordinarily consistent.”
Words of Carlo Ancelotti
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Career with Portugal
Ronaldo is a Portuguese International player who has been capped over 100 times, and he is done with his 50th goal in FIFA World Cup in 2014 which made him Portugal’s top goal-scorer of all time. With Portugal he has participated in 6 major tournaments; UEFA Euro 2004, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He took over captainship in July 2008 and captained them to the Euro 2012 semi-finals. He scored his first international goal in the opening game of Euro 2004 against Greece, which made Portugal reach the final.
“In the form, he is in, given the chance, he will score. Cristiano wants to bring his team to the final and show why he should be considered the best player in the world.”
Diego Maradona, on Ronaldo’s opportunity to take Portugal to the final.
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The great boast that he got in his life was when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in an association football worth £80 million which made him the highest-paid footballer in the world. He is regarded by some to be the best player in the world and as one of the greatest of all time. Ronaldo began his career as a youth player. In 1997, he moved to Portuguese giants Sporting Club of Portugal. Ronaldo grabbed the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who signed him in 2003. In 2004, Ronaldo won his first club honor “The Football Association Challenge Cup” commonly known as ‘FA Cup.’ I would also like to quote few sentences of Alex Ferguson; he spoke these for 27-year-old Ronaldo, January 2013:
“Maturity brings many things. When I went to see them play against City, some of his decision-making regarding passing was brilliant. One-touch passing, good crosses. In the six years, we had him, you just saw his game grow all the time, and he was a fantastic player. Now you see the complete player. His decision-making, his maturity, his experience, plus all the great skills he has got, they all make him the complete player.”
In 2007, Ronaldo was the first player in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards. In 2008 and 2013, he won the FIFA award for the best footballer in the world. In 2008, he was named the FIFA World Player of the Year. In 2007 and 2008, Ronaldo was named as “FWA Footballer of the Year.”
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Ronaldo is the first top European league player to reach 40 goals in a single season in two consecutive years (fastest Real Madrid player to reach 100 league goals). He is also known as the first player to score against every team in a single season in La Liga. He holds the record for most goals scored in a season for Real Madrid. In January 2014, Ronaldo scored his 400th career goal. After spending his first year at Madrid wearing the number 9 shirt, he began wearing the number 7 again following the departure of long-serving striker Raúl.
Sponsorships: Ronaldo has signed many sponsorships as his reputation gradually grew from his time at Manchester United. In October 2009, Ronaldo was named the new “spokesmodel” for Emporio Armani men’s underwear and jeans. In February 2010, he re-upped his contract with American sportswear company Nike until 2014. He has also signed other sponsorships from Coca-Cola, Castrol, Konami, Banco Espirito Santo, Motorola, Jacob & Co., Herbalife, KFC, Tag Heuer and the Fly Emirates.
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In 2006, Ronaldo opened a fashion boutique under the name “CR7” (his initials and shirt number) on the island of Madeira, Portugal. Ronaldo expanded his business with a second clothes boutique in Lisbon in 2008. The stores include diamond-studded belts, jeans with leather pockets and patented buckled loafers. The store also sells slinky outfits for women.
Style of Play
Widely regarded as one of the two best players in the world of his generation (the other being Lionel Messi), Cristiano Ronaldo plays an attacking role most often playing as either a striker or as a winger. He is well known for his finishing, pace, dribbling, positioning, crossing and free kick ability and famous as versatile attacking.
If Messi is the best on the planet, Ronaldo is the best in the universe. If you are going to give out the Ballon d’Or because a player is the best, give it to Cristiano or Messi. But I ask: if the two are on the same level, is it normal that one wins four and the other one? It is not.
José Mourinho, when asked about the 2012 Ballon d’Or.
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Ronaldo is known to be mentally sharp, with good vision, predicting certain plays and also possesses excellent reactions, balance, and agility. Although right footed, he is also able to control the ball and cross and finish well with his left foot.
Ronaldo is known for his pace, skill, control and dribbling ability. He can finish well both inside the area and from a distance. He is also an accurate set piece and penalty kick specialist. His height, strength, jumping ability and heading technique have given him an edge in winning matches and scoring goals.
Crisis in his Earlier Life
Earlier in his career, Ronaldo had been described as having the new image on the field with Ronaldo stating that he had become a “victim” because of how he was portrayed in the media. His managers, team-mates and various journalists have commented that this reputation has caused a bad image of him. Ronaldo’s direct football style, skill, and goal scoring ability have been his most noticeable traits throughout his career, and his overall talent has at times led him to be considered a player who stands out and who can be a match changer. Ronaldo is said to play to his fullest capabilities only when he’s under pressure and playing against a strong team.
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Few of his achievements from the list of documents are mentioned below:-
- The most expensive player in the history of football
- Most international goals in a year
- Only footballer who won the European Golden Shoe in two different leagues (English Premier League and Spanish La Liga)
- Most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League/European Cup season (17 goals)
- Most consecutive UEFA Champions League matches he has scored in (8 games)
- Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League group stage (9 goals)
- Most UEFA Champions League goals scored in a calendar year (15 goals in 2013)
- The first footballer to ever score more than ten goals in three consecutive UEFA Champions League seasons
- The first footballer in the history of the European Cup to score for two different winning teams
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- The highest number of goals scored to win the Premier League Golden Boot for a 38-game season (31 goals)
- The first footballer to score against every team in a single season in La Liga
- The first footballer to score more than 25 goals in five consecutive La Liga seasons (shared with Lionel Messi)
- Fastest La Liga player to score 150 league goals
- Portugal all-time top scorer (50 goals)
- Portugal all-time top scorer in UEFA European Championship matches (6 goals)
- Most games played in UEFA European Championship Finals (14 games)
- Most games played in FIFA World Cup Finals (13 games)
- Youngest player to reach 100 caps (27 years, eight months and 11 days)
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- Most goals scored in a season in all competitions (60 goals)
- Most goals scored in a single La Liga season (46 goals)
- Most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season (17 goals)
- Most hat-tricks in a single season (7 hat-tricks)
- Fastest player to reach 50 league goals and now 250 goals
I will end up with beautiful words of Alex Ferguson, who describe this man with extraordinary talent. He spoke these words after Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid.
“I have nothing but praise for the boy. He is easily the best player in the world. His contribution as a goal threat is incredible. His stats are amazing. Strike at goal attempts on goal, raids into the penalty box and headers. It is all there. Astounding.”
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