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.

Super love: Ronaldo takes his girlfriend out to one of the most beautiful places in the world (photo)

Super love: Ronaldo takes his girlfriend out to one of the most beautiful places in the world (photo)

Super love: Ronaldo takes his girlfriend out to one of the most beautiful places in the world (photo)
Brazil legend Ronaldo picks Messi in his all-time great list, makes disturbing omission

Brazil legend Ronaldo picks Messi in his all-time great list, makes disturbing omission

Brazilian legend Ronaldo has picked his dream team this week, but made a surprising snub on his Portuguese namesake Cristiano Ronaldo picking Messi instead.

Brazil legend Ronaldo picks Messi in his all-time great list, makes disturbing omission
Check out the mega million release clause that could take Ronaldo, Benzema out of Real Madrid

Check out the mega million release clause that could take Ronaldo, Benzema out of Real Madrid

Neymar's record move to PSG has no doubt squashed the theory that Buy-out clauses and the huge figures involved were a thing of fantasy for buying clubs

Check out the mega million release clause that could take Ronaldo, Benzema out of Real Madrid
Manchester United legend praises Cristiano Ronaldo and explains why he is better than Wayne Rooney

Manchester United legend praises Cristiano Ronaldo and explains why he is better than Wayne Rooney

Former Manchester United shot stopper Edwin Van Der Sar has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo became better Wayne Rooney, despite the English man starting stronger

Manchester United legend praises Cristiano Ronaldo and explains why he is better than Wayne Rooney
Kind hearted Cristiano Ronaldo sells Ballon d’Or for a whopping N250m to save dying children

Kind hearted Cristiano Ronaldo sells Ballon d’Or for a whopping N250m to save dying children

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has auctioned one of his four Ballon d'Or awards for a staggering €600,000 (N250m) in an attempt to help children with disease.

Kind hearted Cristiano Ronaldo sells Ballon d’Or for a whopping N250m to save dying children
Finally! Cristiano Ronaldo reveals the reason he left Manchester United after seven years in Real Madrid

Finally! Cristiano Ronaldo reveals the reason he left Manchester United after seven years in Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed why he left Manchester United to join Spanish giants Real Madrid after spending seven years at the club winning titles.

Finally! Cristiano Ronaldo reveals the reason he left Manchester United after seven years in Real Madrid
Marcus Rashford compares himself to Cristiano Ronaldo, makes bold statement

Marcus Rashford compares himself to Cristiano Ronaldo, makes bold statement

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford claims he can take free-kicks like Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo but says he is yet to show supporters.

Marcus Rashford compares himself to Cristiano Ronaldo, makes bold statement
Cristiano Ronaldo tells former Manchester United teammate he will become a boxer after football career

Cristiano Ronaldo tells former Manchester United teammate he will become a boxer after football career

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has teased his former team mate at Manchester United Rio Ferdinand over his decision to become a professional boxer.

Cristiano Ronaldo tells former Manchester United teammate he will become a boxer after football career
Ronaldo shows off impressive boot collection in his mansion in Madrid (photos)

Ronaldo shows off impressive boot collection in his mansion in Madrid (photos)

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has showed off his impressive football boot collection after helping launch a brand new pair of Nike Mercurials.

Ronaldo shows off impressive boot collection in his mansion in Madrid (photos)
Isco on fire as Real Madrid destroy Espanyol to keep serious pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona

Isco on fire as Real Madrid destroy Espanyol to keep serious pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona

Spanish champions Real Madrid on Sunday, October 1, 2017 defeated visiting Espanyol 2-0 in a tough La Liga battle played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Isco on fire as Real Madrid destroy Espanyol to keep serious pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona
'You will always be with us' - Cristiano Ronaldo honours late father with stunning painting

'You will always be with us' - Cristiano Ronaldo honours late father with stunning painting

Cristiano Ronaldo has paid a truly touching tribute to his late father. The Real Madrid maestro lost his dad Jose Dinis Aveiro when he was just 20-years-old.

'You will always be with us' - Cristiano Ronaldo honours late father with stunning painting
Big boy! Cristiano Ronaldo shows off N1.04bn 'animal' which was just delivered (video)

Big boy! Cristiano Ronaldo shows off N1.04bn 'animal' which was just delivered (video)

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has finally received the keys to the $2.9m Bugatti Chiron he ordered and test drove back in February of this year.

Big boy! Cristiano Ronaldo shows off N1.04bn 'animal' which was just delivered (video)
Georgina Rodríguez learns Salsa for the first time ahead of wedding with Cristiano Ronaldo (photo, video)

Georgina Rodríguez learns Salsa for the first time ahead of wedding with Cristiano Ronaldo (photo, video)

Cristiano Ronaldo girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez seems to be getting all frenzy ahead of her wedding plans with the star Madrid man by learning new salsa dance.

Georgina Rodríguez learns Salsa for the first time ahead of wedding with Cristiano Ronaldo (photo, video)
Manchester United target rejects Red Devils offer, signs contract extension at Real Madrid

Manchester United target rejects Red Devils offer, signs contract extension at Real Madrid

Real Madrid have announced an agreement over a new five-year-deal between the club and France International Raphael Varane which will expire in 2022..

Manchester United target rejects Red Devils offer, signs contract extension at Real Madrid
No more side-chicks! Cristiano Ronaldo's wedding date with stunning girlfriend confirmed

No more side-chicks! Cristiano Ronaldo's wedding date with stunning girlfriend confirmed

Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez are reportedly planning to get married after the 2018 FIFA World Cup championship billed to hold in Russia.

No more side-chicks! Cristiano Ronaldo's wedding date with stunning girlfriend confirmed
Cristiano Ronaldo pays heart felt tribute to young fan who died in Mexico earthquake (photo)

Cristiano Ronaldo pays heart felt tribute to young fan who died in Mexico earthquake (photo)

Cristiano Ronaldo has sent an emotional message to the grieving family of a young supporter Santiago Flores who was killed in the Mexico City earthquake.

Cristiano Ronaldo pays heart felt tribute to young fan who died in Mexico earthquake (photo)
Move away Ronaldo! Ceballos is the man as young midfielder shows class to fire Madrid back to top 4

Move away Ronaldo! Ceballos is the man as young midfielder shows class to fire Madrid back to top 4

Two goals from Dani Cabellos secured all three points for Zinedine Zidane's men against La Liga strugglers Alaves who are yet to pick up a point after six games

Move away Ronaldo! Ceballos is the man as young midfielder shows class to fire Madrid back to top 4
Cristiano Ronaldo da Lionel Messi a cikin fitattun 'yan wasa na duniya a shekarar 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo da Lionel Messi a cikin fitattun 'yan wasa na duniya a shekarar 2017

Daga cikin gwanayen da za’a fitar akwai Cristiano Ronaldo daga kungiyar Real Madrid da Lionel Messi daga kungiyar Barcelona da kuma Neymar daga Paris St-Germain

Cristiano Ronaldo da Lionel Messi a cikin fitattun 'yan wasa na duniya a shekarar 2017
Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar vie for FIFA best player award

Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar vie for FIFA best player award

FIFA has named Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar as the top three shortlisted players for the world best footballers award in London Palladium.

Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar vie for FIFA best player award
See what Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend was doing at the stands as Real Madrid suffered embarrassing home defeat to Real Betis (photos)

See what Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend was doing at the stands as Real Madrid suffered embarrassing home defeat to Real Betis (photos)

Georgina Rodriquez on Wednesday, September 20 showed off her growing baby bump at the Santiago Bernabeu as she watched her super boyfriend against Real Betis.

See what Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend was doing at the stands as Real Madrid suffered embarrassing home defeat to Real Betis (photos)
Why I am not worried despite home defeat to Real Betis - Zinedine Zidane

Why I am not worried despite home defeat to Real Betis - Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said "there were no reasons to be worried" after his team's shock 1-0 home loss to Real Betis in La Liga at the Bernabeu.

Why I am not worried despite home defeat to Real Betis - Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid's incredible scoring streak ends with home defeat in La Liga

Real Madrid's incredible scoring streak ends with home defeat in La Liga

Real Madrid conceded in the final minute of injury time as they lose at home to Real Betis on Cristiano Ronaldo's return to the team after a five game ban.

Real Madrid's incredible scoring streak ends with home defeat in La Liga
Revealed! How Lionel Messi forced Cristiano Ronaldo to demand a new contract at Madrid

Revealed! How Lionel Messi forced Cristiano Ronaldo to demand a new contract at Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is closing in on an improved deal at Real Madrid as he seeks greater parity with Lionel Messi who earns €35m (£31m) per season at Barcelona.

Revealed! How Lionel Messi forced Cristiano Ronaldo to demand a new contract at Madrid
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