Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional football player from Portugal. He is one of the greatest football players in the present generation. He is among the few players who have scored more than 500 goals, made more than 1000 professional match appearances, and have the world’s largest social media fan following. From 2010 to 109 he was ranked among the highest-paid athletes. So let’s check some of the most interesting facts about this legend.
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|Full name||Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro|
|Birth date||5th February 1985|
|Clubs||Sporting CP B,Sporting CP,Manchester United,Real Madrid,Juventus|
|Net worth||$450 million|
|Parents||Jose Dinis Aveiro and Maria Doloros dos Santos Viveiro da Aveiro|
|Girl Friends||Irina Shayek,Georgina Rodriguez|
|Children||Cristiano Jr, Eva,Mateo, Alana Martina|
|Height||6 feet 2inches|
|Eye and hair color||Hazel brown and Black|
Birth and childhood-
Ronaldo was born to Portuguese parents Jose Dinis Aveiro, a carpenter and a cook Maria Dolores dos Santos Viveiros da Averios in 1985.
Ronaldo’s original name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, pretty long name!
He has two sisters Elma, Liliana a singer and a brother Hugo.
He had spent his early days in a single room shared by all of his siblings.
The name Ronaldo came from an American President-
Ronaldo’s father was a big fan off famous American actor and President Ronald Reagan. To honor his favorite actor Christiano’s father named his name Ronaldo.
Moved to Lisbon and started career-
From school time Ronaldo was very passionate about football. After learning about his passion, all of his family moved to Lisbon, Portugal capital. At the age of 12, Ronaldo became part of Sporting CP and got his first payment.
Expelled from school-
At 14 he threw a chair at his teacher and got himself expelled from the school. But Ronaldo has his explanation where he said that the teacher disrespected him.
Had a heart surgery-
Ronaldo had a rare decease called “Racing Heart”. Do bring back his heart in the normal condition he had to undergo a laser operation. After resting for some time came back to the field again. Ronaldo was confident about himself, that he has achieved the ability to participate in semi-professional games.
Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus had to pay a big amount-
At the age when most of the players were playing under 17 or 18 teams, Ronaldo was picked up by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo was paid a whopping 12.24 million pounds.
During the 2009-10 season, he joined Real Madrid with a world-record transfer fee of 80 million pounds.
But 2018-19 season football club saw a historical transfer fee for an over 30-year player. Ronaldo was transferred from Real Madrid to an Italian club Juventus with 100 million Euros for 4 years.
Playing style was and is unique among all others-
Christiano Ronaldo has some unique style. This Portuguese is known as one of the best finishers. Generally plays as a forward player, Ronaldo known for his unbeatable speed and tackle. Dribbling, Areal threats are some of the techniques in which he has mastered himself.
Fitness is among his primary concern-
Ronaldo is known for his strict diet and fitness routine. It is heard that since his teenage days he has been doing gym and physical exercises. He practices 3000 times ab exercises per day and lifts nearly 23055 kgs per day. His six-packs and curved thighs show his physic fitness.
Anytime he can beat a basketball or sprint athletes-
This sports legend can easily beat basketball players and any sprint athletes as well. He can generate 5G of G force that enables him to reach 44 cm height, which is 7 cm more than average NBA players. This power makes him so powerful that he can beat a cheetah in jumping. His tremendous headers are examples of his outstanding jumps and muscle power.
The all-time highest scorer for clubs –
At the time of the 2015-16 La Liga championship, Ronaldo became Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer. On 16 September 2018, he scored his 400 th league goal against Sassuolo and became the first player to play 100 Champions league during his entire career. In the same year in December Ronaldo scored his 10th goal against Fiorentina. Thus became the only player in the club after John Charles who scored 10 goals in his first 14 league games while being part of the club.
Recognized with some prestigious awards-
To date, Ronaldo had won more than 300 trophies. He is the only European player who is awarded 5 time Fifa Ballon d’Or awards. He along with his fierce competitor Lionel Messi is considered among the greatest player in the world. Ronaldo has scored a maximum number of goals in the UEFA Champions League with 128 goals. He is the only player in the history who has awarded four European Golden Shoes and won record 31 trophies including five European Cups, six league titles, and one European championship. He also achieves the title with maximum goal scorer on multiple times.
Criticized for being arrogant-
He considers ownself as among the best player in the world. Somehow many criticized his statements but Ronaldo firmly believes that this confidence gives him success but he thinks as a humble person. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger once stated that Christiano Ronaldo is one of the best sports personalities with unique physical fitness.
Bitter or best relation with Messi-
Ronaldo and Messi are among the greatest player in football history. But many sports critique, fans, and commentators often shown their divisive opinion about them. Both have received 11 Fifa Ballon d”Or awards where Ronaldo has five and Messi have six. They have scored 700 goals during their career which is also a record. Even two sportswear rivals Adidas and Nike choose their face among them. Adidas choose Messi and Nike chosen Ronaldo for their ads campaign. Ronaldo has a life long term endorsement deal of $1 billion with Nike. They both are among the highest-paid sports personalities, where Messi’s 2018 earning was $111 million and Ronaldo made $108 million. Ronaldo is known for his speed and strength while Messi is known for his perfect pass.
Never show interest in tattoo-
Ronaldo never preferred drawing tattoo but regularly donates blood and encourages others to do so.
Kept away from addiction-
In 2005 Ronaldo lost his father who was 52 at that time. He was died due to alcohol addiction. Ronaldo tried his best to save him but that didn’t work and he lost his father. So he always kept himself away from alcohol and smoking habits, instead focused more on fitness.
Owns some of the expensive houses-
Ronaldo with his immense wealth owns multiple expensive houses. The most favorite among them is his La Finca residence which has a price tag of $6.2 million. The most astonishing apartment he owns is in Trump Tower, New York. This 2500 square feet heaven is a part of Towers “L-Line” and gives a spectacular view of Empire State building.
While playing for Manchester United Ronaldo bought his U.K house in 2006 for $6million. This mansion is at Alderley Edge in Cheshire Villae out of London. Presently this five-story mansion is for sale.
Prefer own private jet and Buggati Veyron-
The person who has a weekly salary of 365000 pounds is capable of buying expensive cars right! The version is true., Ronaldo owns and drives some of the most expensive and luxurious cars in the world. Among his car collection special one is &1.7million Bugatti Veyron, Lamborgini Aventador worth of $318000, $220000 price tagged Bentley GT, Ashton MartinAudi R* and many more. But the best one is his 30 million Euro Gulfstream G650, which is facilitated by a bed also. This little beast has a maximum speed of 610mph and can accommodate 10 to 19 passengers at a time.
Footballers can become businessman-
Ronaldo owns a boutique line named CR7 in Madeira, Portugal, which is managed by his sisters in 2006. in 2008 he opened a boutique in Lisbon as well that sells jeans with leather pockets and buckle loafers.
Love to have jersey number 7-
When great players like George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Luis Figo, Eric Cantona, Franck Ribery wear Jersey number 7 then there must be something special in this jersey. Ronaldo got the opportunity to wear jersey number 7 in 2003-04 season during his Manchester United time and after joining Real Madrid he wore number 9. At first club captain Raul was wearing the number 7 jersey so after retiring of Raul Ronaldo started wearing Jersey 7 and continued with it.
Never forgot friends sacrifice-
Ronaldo’s close friend Albert Fantrau once let him score a goal which let Ronaldo’s selection in Sporting CP Youth Academy in Lisbon. Fantrau knew and admitted to his friend that Ronaldo is better than him. But Ronaldo never let his unemployed friend down, Fantrau now lives like a rich with house and car.
Also, have a good heart-
After watching a football player Martunis wearing a 7number jersey of Portugal during the 2004 Indian ocean earthquake and tsunami, Christiano Ronaldo personally visited Aceh, Indonesia. He raised funds for rehabilitation and helped him to play for Sporting CP. He also donated 1000000 Euros to a hospital that treated his cancer ailed mother and helped her to get a cure from that. Apart from these he has been part of many humanitarian works and forwards his hand on many occasions.
Father of four children-
Apart from being a successful footballer, Ronaldo is also a proud father of four children. In 2010 he became a father of a boy with undisclosed mother and on June 8th,2017 he became the father of twins Eva and Mateo. The twins were born from a surrogated mother from U.S. On 12th November 2017, Ronaldo again became a father of a daughter with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.
Have the highest social media followers among celebrities-
By 2017 Ronaldo has 277 million followers on social media platforms. As of July 2019 he 122 million Facebook fans, In 2020 he became the first footballer to cross 216 followers on Instagram and 84 million followers on Twitter as well. With his huge fanbase, between 2016 and 2017 his sponsors made $936million in media itself. He also has a Youtube account where he often uploads his fitness videos.
Legend has a museum in his name-
In his home town Funchal, Madeira a museum called Museu CR& is dedicated to him. This museum is a large collection of Ronaldo’s trophies, photographs, and pieces of information about his successful careers. In Madame Tussauds wax museum there is a sculpted statue of Ronaldo standing.
Ronaldo’s favorite player belongs to his country-
Ronaldo considers Luis Figo as his most favorite footballer of all time. Figo is also a Portuguese and played for Real Madrid.
Premiered a film on him-
One of his sponsors Castrol produced a television film Ronaldo: Tested to the Limit in September 2011. In 2015 a documentary film Ronaldo and 2014 Christiano Ronaldo” The World at His Feet also made on him and released in online platform Vimeo.
Also wrote an autobiography-
He has an autobiography on him – “Moments” which was published in December 2007.
Two apps for gaming are based on Christiano-
Two apps Head Up with Christiano and Viva Ronaldo were launched by him in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
He part of University course-
Ronaldo is a part of a subject at the University of British Colombia Okanagan, Canada. Sociology students who are in the fourth year study the mental strength of Ronaldo in their study.
Mother Maria love Madrid-
Ronaldo’s mother Maria has a special feeling with Madrid, She had land there and that is the main cause of Ronaldo to move to Spain, where he also owns a beautiful house.
An airport named after him-
Madeira Airport was renamed as Christiano Ronaldo International Airport in 2016. Portugal’s win over Euro 2016 made it possible amid many controversies.
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