Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional soccer player who has achieved numerous records while representing Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, and the Portuguese national team.
Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, on February 5, 1985, a small island off the country’s western coast. Ronaldo is the youngest of Maria Dolores dos Santos and José Dinis Aveiro’s four children. Ronald Reagan was one of his father’s favorite actors, and he was named after him.
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored Manchester United’s first three goals in the 2004 FA Cup final, ensuring the club’s victory. In 2008, he set a franchise record for goals scored, and the following year, Real Madrid paid a record $131 million for his services.
He holds a record-tying five Ballon d’Or player of the year titles and led Portugal to an emotional European Championship win in 2016.
Manchester United paid more than £12 million to buy Ronaldo when he was just 16 years old in 2001, a record amount for a player of his age.
He made an early impression in the 2004 FA Cup final, scoring the team’s first three goals and guiding them to victory. Ronaldo signed a five-year, £31 million contract with Real Madrid in 2007.
Cristiano Ronaldo justified his exorbitant contract a year later when he had one of the best seasons in club history, establishing a franchise record for goals scored (42), and winning the FIFA World Player of the Year award for 2008. Ronaldo was a key figure in Manchester United’s three Premier League titles.
Real Madrid agreed to pay a record $131 million to Manchester United in 2009 for the opportunity to sign Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s devotion to Manchester United had been questioned for some time, and rumors lingered that he wanted to play elsewhere, so his departure came as no surprise.
Ronaldo went on to win an astonishing number of individual and team awards. He earned his fourth Ballon d’Or award as the sport’s player of the year in December 2016, defeating Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona.
In 2016, Ronaldo won the European Championship, Champions League, and Club World Cup, as well as individual UEFA and France Football magazine honors. He won his fifth Ballon d’Or the following year.
After teasing that his time with Real was coming to an end, Ronaldo confirmed the rumors in July 2018 by signing for Juventus, an Italian Serie A team that paid Real a $140 million transfer price.
Ronaldo wrote an open message to Real fans on the club’s website, writing: “These years at Real Madrid and in Madrid have undoubtedly been the happiest years of my life. I have nothing but gratitude for this team, its supporters, and the city. I can only express my gratitude to them all for the love and devotion they have shown me.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s first season with Juventus was a success by most accounts. He scored 10 goals in his first 14 appearances, including the lone goal in a Supercoppa Italiana victory over AC Milan. In May 2019, he was crowned the league’s MVP after helping his club to its eighth straight Serie A triumph.
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester United on August 27, 2021, according to reports.