Facts about the life of the world's most famous footballer, Portugal and Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been master tormentor to the very heart of most Premier League defences since 2003, when, at the tender age of 18, he made his first team debut for Manchester United. Cristiano Ronaldo was at the very centre of Manchester United's recent all conquering team until he became the most expensive player in the world, transferring to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for a world record shattering fee. Here are some facts about the world's most famous football player that you may, or may not, know.
Cristiano Ronaldo was born on 5 February 1985.
According to Paulo Cardoso, Ronaldo’s first coach at Sporting Lisbon, he was a fantastic prospect even at the tender age of eleven, when he would often drift past three or four players with ease.
He has appeared for the Portugal national team 76 times, scoring 23 goals.
When Ronaldo played at Manchester United, he wore the number seven jersey, a shirt worn by past legends such as Eric Cantona, George Best and David Beckham, a fact not lost on Ronaldo.
He made 196 appearances for Manchester United, scoring a total of 84 goals.
He has currently made 29 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 26 goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro.
Amongst his former clubs are CD Nacional, Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and his current club Real Madrid.
He won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008.
The fee Real Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have been £80 million ($132 million).
Upon opting to play for Real Madrid, Cristiano signed a six-year contract worth £11 million ($17 million) per year, making him the highest paid footballer in the world.
His Height is 1.85 m
He weighs 75kg.
Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira.
Liverpool once had the opportunity to sign Ronaldo, but decided he was not good enough for their squad. Sir Alex Ferguson would go on to sign ROnaldo for Manchester United a year later.
Cristano Ronaldo wears the number 17 jersey for the Portugal national team.
He is captain of the Portuguese national team.
In 2003, Ronaldo became Manchester United's first-ever Portuguese player when he signed for £12.24 million.
In November and December of 2006, Cristiano Ronaldo received consecutive Barclays' Player of the Month awards, becoming only the third player in Premier League history to do so. The other two men were after Robbie Fowler and Dennis Bergkamp in 1996 and 1997 respectively.