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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985), commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and who serves as captain of the Portuguese national team.

Ronaldo became the most expensive footballer in history after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth £80 million (€93.9 million/$131.6 million). In addition, his contract with Real Madrid, in which he is paid €12 million per year, makes him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world, and his buyout clause is valued at €1 billion as per his contract.

Ronaldo began his career as a youth player for Andorinha, where he played for two years, before moving to C.D. Nacional. In 1997, he made a move to Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal. Ronaldo caught the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who signed him in 2003.

Ronaldo was the first player to win all four main PFA and FWA awards, doing so in 2007. In 2008, Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or. He placed second in the Ballon d'Or in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He was awarded the European Golden Shoe in both 2008 and 2011. In 2008, he won three of the four main PFA and FWA trophies and was named the FIFPro Player of the Year, World Soccer Player of the Year, Onze d'Or, and the FIFA World Player of the Year. In 2007 and 2008, Ronaldo was named FWA Footballer of the Year. Ronaldo was the inaugural winner of the FIFA Puskás Award in 2009.

Ronaldo holds numerous former and current scoring records, including records for most goals scored in a season for Real Madrid, most goals scored per minute in La Liga, first top European league player to reach 40 goals in a single season in two consecutive years, fastest Real Madrid player to reach one hundred league goals, and the first player ever to score against every team in a single season in La Liga. In January 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 300th club goal.

Ronaldo is a Portuguese international and made his debut against Kazakhstan in August 2003. He has since participated in five major tournaments; UEFA Euro 2004, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

In October 2012, he became the first sportsperson to reach 50 million 'likes' on Facebook.

Personal life

Ronaldo's father, José Dinis Aveiro, died of an alcoholism-related liver condition in September 2005 at age 52 when Ronaldo was 20. Ronaldo's mother and Manchester United coach have stated that he does not drink alcohol as a result.

Ronaldo announced that he had become a father on 3 July 2010. His official Facebook and Twitter pages reference the birth of his son and request privacy. The child, named Cristiano is in full custody of Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has previously dated English models Alice Goodwin and Gemma Atkinson, and since the start of 2010, he has been dating Russian model Irina Shayk.

Cristiano Ronaldo names 4 players who will challenge him for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award

Cristiano Ronaldo names 4 players who will challenge him for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award

Cristiano Ronaldo names 4 players who will challenge him for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award
Cristiano Ronaldo shares never seen before photo of his girlfriend and mother cuddling his twins

Cristiano Ronaldo shares never seen before photo of his girlfriend and mother cuddling his twins

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to Instagram to post a family photo, with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez appearing to show off a baby bump.

Cristiano Ronaldo shares never seen before photo of his girlfriend and mother cuddling his twins
Customs officers storm Cristiano Ronaldo's luxury yacht while holidaying with pregnant girlfriend

Customs officers storm Cristiano Ronaldo's luxury yacht while holidaying with pregnant girlfriend

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have been stopped at high sea after leaving a restaurant on the paradise island of Formentera near Ibiza.

Customs officers storm Cristiano Ronaldo's luxury yacht while holidaying with pregnant girlfriend
Adorable! Ronaldo steps out with girlfriend and newborn twins (photos)

Adorable! Ronaldo steps out with girlfriend and newborn twins (photos)

The Portuguese international was pictured with his 5-month pregnant girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and his newborn twins in Ibiza, Spain, NAIJ.com reports.

Adorable! Ronaldo steps out with girlfriend and newborn twins (photos)
Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo on list of world's highest paid players after signing new Barcelona contract

Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo on list of world's highest paid players after signing new Barcelona contract

Carlos Tevez is NOT the highest paid footballer in the world despite earning £634,000-a-week wages. He comes in second while Cristiano Ronaldo is third.

Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo on list of world's highest paid players after signing new Barcelona contract
Real Madrid schedule tough games for pre-season (fixtures/dates)

Real Madrid schedule tough games for pre-season (fixtures/dates)

Real Madrid's pre-season will them travel to the USA to take part in the International Champions Cup (ICC) where they face Barcelona and Manchester United.

Real Madrid schedule tough games for pre-season (fixtures/dates)
Lovely! Cristiano Ronaldo cuddles his twins with his 7-year-old son (photo)

Lovely! Cristiano Ronaldo cuddles his twins with his 7-year-old son (photo)

Cristiano Ronaldo shared a heartwarming picture with his young family for the first time. The player confirmed to the world the birth of of his last week.

Lovely! Cristiano Ronaldo cuddles his twins with his 7-year-old son (photo)
Cristiano Ronaldo sparks controversy on Instagram with his latest post

Cristiano Ronaldo sparks controversy on Instagram with his latest post

Cristiano Ronaldo has sparked a lot of controversies by showing off his 6 packs with his friend Jose Semedoin a recent photo on his social media account.

Cristiano Ronaldo sparks controversy on Instagram with his latest post
Portugal make late comeback to claim 3rd place over Mexico at the Confederations Cup without Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal make late comeback to claim 3rd place over Mexico at the Confederations Cup without Cristiano Ronaldo

A last gasp finish by Pepe was all Portugal needed to force Mexico in to extra-time in a mouth-watering 3rd-place play off at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Portugal make late comeback to claim 3rd place over Mexico at the Confederations Cup without Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo speaks on possible move to Manchester United

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo speaks on possible move to Manchester United

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘denied’ demanding a move away from Real Madrid after getting accused of tax evasion by the Spanish authorities.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo speaks on possible move to Manchester United
Picking a starting XI of the most expensive footballers ever

Picking a starting XI of the most expensive footballers ever

Have you ever wondered what the most expensive side in football history would look like? Well, it looks awesome with four Real Madrid players featuring.

Picking a starting XI of the most expensive footballers ever
Proud father! Cristiano Ronaldo finally shows off his new 'beautiful' twins (photo)

Proud father! Cristiano Ronaldo finally shows off his new 'beautiful' twins (photo)

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has finally posted the first picture of his newborn twins born to a surrogate mum in the United States of America.

Proud father! Cristiano Ronaldo finally shows off his new 'beautiful' twins (photo)
Cristiano Ronaldo confirms he is father to twins, set to leave Portugal camp

Cristiano Ronaldo confirms he is father to twins, set to leave Portugal camp

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed reports that he has become a father to twins who were born through surrogate mothers in the United States.

Cristiano Ronaldo confirms he is father to twins, set to leave Portugal camp
UPDATED: Chile into Confederations Cup final following semi-final win over Portugal

UPDATED: Chile into Confederations Cup final following semi-final win over Portugal

Chile have made it into the final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup following a penalty shoot-out win over Euro 2016 winners Portugal in a tense semi-final.

UPDATED: Chile into Confederations Cup final following semi-final win over Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant (photos)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant (photos)

Baby rumours sparked by Georgina Rodriguez’s tummy bump took a leap forward last night after it was claimed she was nearly five months pregnant with a girl.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant (photos)
AMAZING! Cristiano Ronaldo's son uses Ballon d'Or trophies for goal posts (photos)

AMAZING! Cristiano Ronaldo's son uses Ballon d'Or trophies for goal posts (photos)

While his mates look for stones and sticks, Cristiano Ronaldo's son Cristianinho literally uses his dad's Ballon d'Or trophies as goal posts in his backyard.

AMAZING! Cristiano Ronaldo's son uses Ballon d'Or trophies for goal posts (photos)
Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United to break world transfer record for Spurs star, not Ronaldo

Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United to break world transfer record for Spurs star, not Ronaldo

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants England striker Harry Kane and £60m target Alvaro Morata leading his attack next season not Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United to break world transfer record for Spurs star, not Ronaldo
Confederations Cup: Ronaldo sends Portugal to Semi final as Russia crash out

Confederations Cup: Ronaldo sends Portugal to Semi final as Russia crash out

Ronaldo sends Portugal to the semi-final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations cup after helping his country defeat New Zealand 4-0 in both team's final group game.

Confederations Cup: Ronaldo sends Portugal to Semi final as Russia crash out
Smashing! These 7 photos of Ronaldo in suit will make you give him most handsome Ballon d'Or

Smashing! These 7 photos of Ronaldo in suit will make you give him most handsome Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an early goal to help Portugal win hosts Russia 1-0 in both team's second game of the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup on June 21, 2017.

Smashing! These 7 photos of Ronaldo in suit will make you give him most handsome Ballon d'Or
Touching! SEE what legendary Cristiano Ronaldo did for disabled girl on the pitch (photos)

Touching! SEE what legendary Cristiano Ronaldo did for disabled girl on the pitch (photos)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an early goal to help Portugal win hosts Russia 1-0 in both team's second game of the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup on June 21, 2017.

Touching! SEE what legendary Cristiano Ronaldo did for disabled girl on the pitch (photos)
Portugal win first game of 2017 Confederations Cup thanks to Ronaldo's goal

Portugal win first game of 2017 Confederations Cup thanks to Ronaldo's goal

An early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal to a 1 - 0 win over hosts Russia in both team's second game of the ongoing FIFA Confederation's Cup.

Portugal win first game of 2017 Confederations Cup thanks to Ronaldo's goal
Another Real Madrid star involved in alleged tax fraud, could face up to 5 years in prison

Another Real Madrid star involved in alleged tax fraud, could face up to 5 years in prison

Luka Modric could face up to five years in prison as he is set to be investigated by Croatian authorities following his involvement in alleged tax fraud.

Another Real Madrid star involved in alleged tax fraud, could face up to 5 years in prison
Top German club offer Cristiano Ronaldo 'mouthwatering' contract

Top German club offer Cristiano Ronaldo 'mouthwatering' contract

Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered a 'mouthwatering' contract from German club Fortuna Koln in a bid to lure him away from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Top German club offer Cristiano Ronaldo 'mouthwatering' contract
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