Christiano Ronaldo – Biography
Cristiano Ronaldo, in full Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, (born February 5, 1985, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal), Portuguese football (soccer) forward who was one of the greatest players of his generation. Originally a right-winger, he developed into a forward with a free-reined attacking style.
Born and raised in Madeira, Ronaldo began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United in 2003, aged 18, winning the FA Cup in his first season. He would also go on to win three consecutive Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup; at age 23, he won his first Ballon d’Or.
Ronaldo was the subject of the then most expensive association football transfer when he signed for Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth €94 million (£80 million), where he won 15 trophies, including two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey and four Champions Leagues, and became the club’s all-time scorer.
He also finished runner-up for the Ballon d’Or three times, behind Lionel Messi (his perceived career rival), and won back-to-back Ballons d’Or in 2013 and 2014, and again in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, he signed for Juventus in a transfer worth an initial €100 million (£88 million), the most expensive transfer for an Italian club and the most expensive transfer for a player over 30 years old.
He won two Serie A titles, two Supercoppe Italiana and a Coppa Italia, before returning to Manchester United in 2021.
Christiano Ronaldo Club career
At age 16, Ronaldo was promoted from Sporting’s youth team by first-team manager Laszlo Boloni, who was impressed with his dribbling. He subsequently became the first player to play for the club’s under-16, under-17, and under-18 teams, the B team, and the first team, all within a single season. A year later, on 29 September 2002, Ronaldo made his debut in the Proimeira Liga, against Braga, and on 7 October, he scored two goals against Moreirense in their 3–0 win.
Ronaldo’s move to Manchester United was completed on 12 August 2003, too late for the 2003 FA Community Shield but in time for their game against Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the 2003 – 04 season, and made him the first Portuguese player to sign for the club. His transfer fee of £12.24 million made him, at the time, the most expensive teenager in English football history. Although he requested the number 28, his number at Sporting, he received the squad number 7 shirt.
Ahead of the 2009-10 season, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee at the time, of £80 million (€94 million). His contract, which ran until 2015, was worth €11 million per year and contained a €1 billion buy-out clause. At least 80,000 fans attended his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu, surpassing the 25-year record of 75,000 fans who had welcomed Diego Maradona at Napoli.
Despite months of negotiation to sign a new Real Madrid contract, on 10 July 2018, Ronaldo signed a four-year contract with Italian club Juventus after completing a €100 million transfer, which included an additional €12 million in other fees and solidarity contributions to Ronaldo’s youth clubs.
The transfer was the highest ever for a player over 30 years old, and the highest-paid by an Italian club. Upon signing, Ronaldo cited his need for a new challenge as his rationale for departing Madrid, but later attributed the transfer to the lack of support he felt was shown by club president Florentino Perez
Return to Manchester United
On 27 August 2021, Manchester United announced they had reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa, and medical. The transfer was reported as costing an initial £12.85 million, with a two-year contract plus an optional year, and was confirmed on 31 August.
Ronaldo was given the number 7 shirt after Edinson Cavani agreed to switch to 21. The first 24 hours of Ronaldo’s shirt sales was reported to have broken the all-time record following a transfer, overtaking Messi after his move to Paris Saint Germain.
Christiano Ronaldo Wife, Family, children, and Relationships
Ronaldo has four children. He first became a father to a son, Cristiano Jr., born on 17 June 2010 in the United States. He stated that he has full custody of the child and would not be publicly revealing the identity of the mother per agreement with her. In January 2015, Ronaldo announced his five-year relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk had ended.
Ronaldo then became father to twins, daughter Eva and son Mateo, born on 8 June 2017 in the United States via surrogacy. He is in a relationship with Spanish model Georgina Rodríguez, a former shop assistant, who gave birth to their daughter Alana Martina, on 12 November 2017. In October 2021, Ronaldo announced the family would be expecting a second pair of twins.
Ronaldo’s father, José, died of an alcoholism-related liver condition at age 52 in September 2005 when Ronaldo was 20. Ronaldo said that he does not drink alcohol, and he received libel damages over a Daily Mirror article that reported him drinking heavily in a nightclub while recovering from an injury in July 2008. He also does not have any tattoos as he regularly donates blood and bone marrow. His mother Dolores was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 but eventually recovered.
Christiano Ronaldo Net worth
- In February 2021, Ronaldo became the first person in the world to reach 500 million followers across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- In March 2021, he passed Brazilian legend Pele’s goal tally; a hat trick against Serie A foe Cagliari pushed him up to 770 goals in all competitions.
- His four-year contract with Juventus is worth an average of $64 million a year and expires in 2022.
- Ronaldo, a five-time FIFA player of the year, in 2020 became the first active team-sport athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.
- In addition to a lifetime deal with Nike, Ronaldo makes money off the pitch with his CR7-branded clothing, accessories, hotels, and gyms.
Christiano Ronaldo House and Cars
Cristiano Ronaldo’s $30 million real estate portfolio includes a 7-story mansion, a New York City apartment, and a holiday home next door to Conor McGregor. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes on the planet. The Portuguese star has pocketed over $1 billion in earnings since his career began in 2003.
Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is to add a new car to his exclusive collection, purchasing the special edition Bugatti Centodieci that is believed to cost around 10 million euros. More than the price, the car is so valuable because only 10 of them were made and Ronaldo has managed to secure one of them
Christiano Ronaldo Goals
The Portuguese talisman’s overall career goals tally now sits at an incredible 801 strikes. He’s reached that total in 1,097 matches, and it is widely accepted that he has scored more goals than any other player in top-level football.