Love him or hate him! Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the crown jewel. And watching him play on the field, or putting him on your fantasy football team, it is just a dream coming true.
A lot of football fans just can’t breathe without the mention of Cristiano Ronaldo in their online fantasy football team. Hence, we are here with some amazing facts about your superstar footballer. Read on these amazing facts. It is likely that you will discover many unknown things about him.
Ronaldo’s birth name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. His father is a gardener, Jose Dinis Aveiro. And his mother’s name is Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, a cook. His father named him after Ronald Reagan.
All-time top international goalscorer
Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal’s all-time top international goalscorer. He is the winner of the Ballon d’Or, footballer of the year. In the years 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, Ronaldo got award for his contribution to football. He also got the European Golden Shoe four times in the years 2007-08, 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Ronaldo inspires to do various goodwill works. Ronaldo paid for the brain surgery of a 10-month-old boy. Even he raised money for survivors of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and paid for treatment for a 9-year-old cancer patient.
His Early Playing Timeline:
Cristiano Ronaldo joined local amateur team Andorinha in the early 1990s, .
During the late 1990s, Ronaldo joined Clube Desportivo Nacional da Madeira. Moreover, it is one of Portugal’s leading professional football clubs.
Ronaldo signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal in the Early 2000s.
Besides, Cristiano Ronaldo signed with Manchester United on August 12, 2003.
He debuted for Portugal’s national team on August 20, 2003.
In June-July 2004, Cristiano Ronaldo started representing Portugal in the UEFA Euro. And he also scored a goal in the opener. With this one, he was playing his first major international tournament.
Ronaldo played for Portugal during the Summer Olympics. In addition, Portugal was eliminated in the group stage on July 2004.
He won the FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year award in 2005.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first World Cup goal against Iran. Portugal won 2-0 on June 17, 2006.
He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008.
Ronaldo transfered to Real Madrid. The deal had a £80 million transfer fee in 2009.
His Later Playing Timeline:
Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum, which devoted to his football career in his hometown Funchal, Portugal on December 15, 2013.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 400th goal of his football career during January 6, 2014.
In addition, he was named Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry on January 20, 2014.
He officially turned Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer. In the club’s 3-0 victory over Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in October 17, 2015.
A documentary in his name, “Ronaldo”, premiered in London on November 9, 2015.
Cristiano Ronaldo signed a “lifetime” endorsement deal with the sports shoe company, Nike on November 8, 2016.
Also, Ronaldo has named the opening Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016 on January 2017.
Ronaldo banned for five games. It followed his red card in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over opponent Barcelona. And top of the one-game ban for the red card, he missed four further games. Moreover this was for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea as he was leaving the field on August 14, 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award for the second year in a row in October 23, 2017.
Ronaldo claimed his fifth Ballon d’Or, equalling the record set by undying opponent Lionel Messi in December 7, 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo ranked number three on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes on June 2018.
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