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

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
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
Just in: Real Madrid tell Man Utd and Chelsea to do THIS for them to land Cristiano Ronaldo

Just in: Real Madrid tell Man Utd and Chelsea to do THIS for them to land Cristiano Ronaldo

Spanish and European League champions Real Madrid have finally told Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo that he is free to leave the club this summer.

Just in: Real Madrid tell Man Utd and Chelsea to do THIS for them to land Cristiano Ronaldo
Just in! Bayern Munich release breathtaking statement over Cristiano Ronaldo

Just in! Bayern Munich release breathtaking statement over Cristiano Ronaldo

Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich has publicly dismissed rumours linking them to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo following his tax evasion charge.

Just in! Bayern Munich release breathtaking statement over Cristiano Ronaldo
Man Utd to offer £175m and THIS player for Cristiano Ronaldo, chase Morata in a separate deal

Man Utd to offer £175m and THIS player for Cristiano Ronaldo, chase Morata in a separate deal

Manchester United are set to offer a staggering £175million and goalkeeper David De Gea as part of the deal to lure Real Madrid's Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

Man Utd to offer £175m and THIS player for Cristiano Ronaldo, chase Morata in a separate deal
Confederations Cup: Mexico force Cristiano Ronaldo captained Portugal to epic draw

Confederations Cup: Mexico force Cristiano Ronaldo captained Portugal to epic draw

A last gasp header by Hector Moreno helped Mexico secure a vital point against European champions Portugal in Group A at the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup

Confederations Cup: Mexico force Cristiano Ronaldo captained Portugal to epic draw
Ronaldo, 4 other superstars to watch out for at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (photos)

Ronaldo, 4 other superstars to watch out for at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (photos)

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will start on Saturday, June 17, 2017 as hosts nation Russia will face New Zealand in the opening match of the competition.

Ronaldo, 4 other superstars to watch out for at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (photos)
BREAKING! Bolton Wanderers release official statement over Cristiano Ronaldo

BREAKING! Bolton Wanderers release official statement over Cristiano Ronaldo

England championship side Bolton Wanderers have released an official statement saying signing Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is not in their plans right now

BREAKING! Bolton Wanderers release official statement over Cristiano Ronaldo
Man Utd, PSG, 3 other possible clubs Ronaldo could join after deciding to leave Real Madrid

Man Utd, PSG, 3 other possible clubs Ronaldo could join after deciding to leave Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way out of Real Madrid this summer following his £13million tax evasion charge, according to reports in Portugal. .

Man Utd, PSG, 3 other possible clubs Ronaldo could join after deciding to leave Real Madrid
BREAKING! Cristiano Ronaldo names the EPL club he is heading to

BREAKING! Cristiano Ronaldo names the EPL club he is heading to

Real Madrid superstar and world's best footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has been reportedly interested in a return to Premier League club Manchester United.

BREAKING! Cristiano Ronaldo names the EPL club he is heading to
Panic at Bernabeau as Cristiano Ronaldo hints move away from Real Madrid

Panic at Bernabeau as Cristiano Ronaldo hints move away from Real Madrid

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo could be on the verge of leaving Los Blancos following his £13million tax evasion charge, according to reports in Portugal.

Panic at Bernabeau as Cristiano Ronaldo hints move away from Real Madrid
Tax evasion: READ what Cristiano Ronaldo has to say after being accused of fraud by Spanish authorities

Tax evasion: READ what Cristiano Ronaldo has to say after being accused of fraud by Spanish authorities

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has denied accusations by Spanish authorities that he evaded tax payments of 14.7m euros (£13m; $16m) from 2011 to 2014.

Tax evasion: READ what Cristiano Ronaldo has to say after being accused of fraud by Spanish authorities
Tax fraud: Unlike Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo might actually go to jail

Tax fraud: Unlike Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo might actually go to jail

Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7m which is a pretty big issue in Spain. We look at why he might be jailed.

Tax fraud: Unlike Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo might actually go to jail
Cristiano Ronaldo faces jail time as court in Madrid accuse him of €14.7m tax evasion

Cristiano Ronaldo faces jail time as court in Madrid accuse him of €14.7m tax evasion

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities out of 14.7million Euros. The attacker faces a lawsuit.

Cristiano Ronaldo faces jail time as court in Madrid accuse him of €14.7m tax evasion
Cristiano Ronaldo names the player who will take over from him as the world's next great attacker

Cristiano Ronaldo names the player who will take over from him as the world's next great attacker

Cristiano Ronaldo has named newly purchased AC Milan striker Andre Silva as his heir with the national team. Silva joined the Italians from FC Porto..

Cristiano Ronaldo names the player who will take over from him as the world's next great attacker
Baba ibeji! Cristiano Ronaldo welcomes twins from surrogate mother to his ever expanding family

Baba ibeji! Cristiano Ronaldo welcomes twins from surrogate mother to his ever expanding family

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly become the father of surrogate twins, a boy and a girl called Eva and Mateo who were born on Thursday, Portuguese media report.

Baba ibeji! Cristiano Ronaldo welcomes twins from surrogate mother to his ever expanding family
Cristiano Ronaldo admits leaving Real Madrid for China this summer is a possibility

Cristiano Ronaldo admits leaving Real Madrid for China this summer is a possibility

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has left the door open for a blockbuster move from Los Blancos to one of Europe's other giants or the Chinese Super League.

Cristiano Ronaldo admits leaving Real Madrid for China this summer is a possibility
OWO BLOW! Ronaldo named world's highest paid athlete ahead of rival Messi, NBA stars

OWO BLOW! Ronaldo named world's highest paid athlete ahead of rival Messi, NBA stars

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is top dog on the football pitch and he’s leading the pack as the world’s highest-paid athlete ahead of rival Lionel Messi.

OWO BLOW! Ronaldo named world's highest paid athlete ahead of rival Messi, NBA stars
Like father like son! Cristiano Ronaldo's son wins top goalscorer award (photo)

Like father like son! Cristiano Ronaldo's son wins top goalscorer award (photo)

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will need to get a bigger trophy cabinet after his son Cristiano Jr landed two more gongs for his own junior football season.

Like father like son! Cristiano Ronaldo's son wins top goalscorer award (photo)
Naija effect! SEE Cristiano Ronaldo dance 'shoki' inside private jet in celebration of UCL glory (photo, video)

Naija effect! SEE Cristiano Ronaldo dance 'shoki' inside private jet in celebration of UCL glory (photo, video)

Cristiano Ronaldo was still in high spirits on Monday night, June 5, 2017 as the Real Madrid star continued the celebrations after their Champions League win.

Naija effect! SEE Cristiano Ronaldo dance 'shoki' inside private jet in celebration of UCL glory (photo, video)
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