Arguably one of the best footballers of present times, Christiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese footballer that does duty for both the national team of Portugal and the Spanish
|Date of Birth||February 5, 1985 (age 31), Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, Funchal, Portugal|
|Parents||Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, José Dinis Aveiro|
|Siblings||Katia Aveiro,Hugo Aveiro,Elma Aveiro|
|Education||The level of education Ronaldo had is minimum|
|Net worth||$45 Million|
club, Real Madrid. As a forward his goal scoring ability has won him numerous awards and sponsorships – the best being FIFA’s Ballon d’Or and Player of the Year awards. His stint with Manchester United and later with Real Madrid saw the clubs win many championships. He has been regarded as the best paid athlete in the world as per Forbes and the best player that played for Portugal ever. He is often clubbed with Lionel Messi of Argentina as the world’s best player with opinions sharply divided on both sides.
Named after the former US President, Ronald Reagan, who also happened to be the favourite actor of Jose Dinis Aveiro, Christiano’s gardener father, Ronaldo was born in Santo Antonio, Funchal, Madeira, on the western coast of Portugal on February 5, 1985. As his parents were of modest means, Ronaldo, the youngest of four siblings faced hardships. His mother Maria Dolores dos Santos used to do odd cooking and cleaning jobs.
Young Ronaldo got introduced to soccer very early thanks to his father’s kit man job with a local team Andorinha. His dribbling skills attracted the attention of Sporting CP club that asked him to join their academy at a fee of 1,500 pounds. He quickly climbed the ropes and graduated to play in the A team of his club at the age of sixteen.
His scintillating performance against Manchester United in August 2003 saw even his opponents rooting for him. The manager of Manchester United, Alex Fergusson seemingly overawed by his skills had bought him over at a record price of 12.24 million pounds.
Once in U.K., there was no looking back for Ronaldo as he helped Manchester United bag FA Cup championship by scoring three goals in the finals. Again in 2008, he scored the highest number of goals, 42 to be exact to earn him the epithet of Fifa World Player of the Year. Ronaldo’s stint with Manchester United saw the club win three premiership titles and Fifa Club World Cup in Japan. In 2009, he was signed by Real Madrid against a mind numbing transfer fee of 80 million pounds – a world record.
His goal scoring spree continued at Real Madrid as well when he scored a total of thirty three goals in the first season. In the season of 2011-2012, Ronaldo outdid himself with a record 60 goals against fancied teams as Bayern Munich and Barcelona among others. He was also instrumental in making Real Madrid win La Liga, UEFA, Fifa Club World Cup, Copa del Rey and European Cup championships. In 2016, donning the captain’s hat of Portugal national team, he led the team to win European Championship.
Christiano Ronaldo can arguably be described as the most decorated player in recent times. He won the Ballon d’Or and Fifa World Player of the Year twice, besides earning innumerable accolades such as the Guinness world record of being the most liked person in the world a la Facebook.
His personal life is marred by tragedies, for his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and he lost his father to a kidney ailment exacerbated by excessive drinking. He has had many relationships and even fathered a child.