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When was Ronaldo born ?


Ronaldo was born on the 5thFebruary 1985


Where was was he born?


in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal


What is his full name ?


Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro


What was Ronaldo’s family like?


He was the youngest child of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, and José Dinis Aveiro. His father, was a gardener who unfortunately drank too much, and he eventually died from kidney problems in 2005. To keep the children fed and maintain financial stability, Ronaldo’s mother worked as a cook and cleaner. He was called Ronaldo after the actor/president Ronald Reagan. He has one older brother, Hugo, and two older sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia.


How did Christiano Ronaldo get spotted ?


He was 8 years old when he joined the amateur team Andorinha the club where is father was the kit man. From there in 1995 he was signed by local club Nacional and they went on to win their title. His talent was spotted by Sporting CP, who signed him for an undisclosed sum. He joined their youth academy, in Alcochete. He became the only player ever to play for Sporting’s under-16, under-17, under-18, B-team, and the first team, all within one season.


Was he a strong child?


At 15 years of age Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart, a condition that could have forced him to give up playing his beloved football. The Sporting CP staff were made aware of his condition and Ronaldo’s mother gave her permission for him to go into hospital. There he had an operation in which a laser was used to cauterise the area of his heart that was causing his problem. The surgery took place in the morning and Ronaldo was discharged from hospital in the afternoon; he resumed training only a few days later


How tall is Ronaldo ?


6 feet 1 inch tall


How did he become a Real Madrid player?


In 2001 at the age of 16, Ronaldo turned heads with a mesmerizing performance against Manchester United, showing off his amazing footwork and deft skill. He made such a fantastic impression that a number of United players asked Sir Alex Ferguson to try and sign the young player. United signed him for £12.24 million (€15 million) in 2003. During the period of 2003-2009 Ronaldo won every honour available with Manchester United including being named FIFA world player of the year. It was no secret that Christiano Ronaldo one day wanted to play for the club he supported as a boy; Real Madrid. United cleverly offered him a new 5 year deal and managed to get one more season from him but the deal had been done and on 11th June 2009 Manchester United accepted a bid of £80 million for him. He was presented with his Real shirt by Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stéfano. Ronaldo was welcomed by between 80,000 and 85,000 excited fans.




Ronaldo said of Sir Alex Ferguson “He’s been my father in sport, one of the most important factors and most influential in my career.”

When did he first play for Real Madrid ?


He made his Madrid debut on 21 July in a 1–0 win over Shamrock Rovers. His first goal came one week later with a penalty in Madrid’s 4–2 win over LDU Quito. On the 29th August, Ronaldo capped his La Liga debut with a goal, scoring Real Madrid’s second from the penalty spot in a 3–2 home win against Deportivo La Coruna.


When did he first win the Champions league?


In 2007/08 with Manchester United against Chelsea.

How many goals has Ronaldo scored ?


Most goals scored in a season in all competitions: 60 Goals

  • Most goals scored in a single La Liga season: 46 Goals

  • Most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season: 13 Goals

  • Most hat-tricks in a single season: 7 Hat-Tricks

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Has he won FIFA’s world player of the year ?


He won the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2008 & 2013.


What is Ronaldo’s future?


On the 15th September 2013, Ronaldo signed a new 5 year contract with Real Madrid that will keep him at the club until 2018. His salary is €21 million (after taxes), which makes him the highest paid player in the world of football.


Ronaldo’s partner ?


Irina Shayk the super model is his partner at present. It was reported that they met while carrying out their dual duties for Armani. Ronaldo has a son called Christiano by another partner and he has full custody of him.


RONALDO's Partner


The stunning Irina Shayk by Bjorn Iooss


What are his achievements?


Manchester United
Real Madrid



Runner-up (1): 2004
Bronze (1): 2012


Does Christiano Ronaldo give back ?


TV footage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami showed an eight-year-old boy survivor named Martunis wearing a No. 7 Portuguese football jersey who was stranded for 19 days after his family was killed. After this, Ronaldo visited Aceh, Indonesia, to raise funds for rehabilitation and reconstruction. After accepting undisclosed damages from a libel case against The Sun newspaper in 2008, Ronaldo donated the damages to a charity in Madeira. In 2009, Ronaldo donated £100,000 to the hospital that saved his mother’s life in Madeira following her battle with cancer, so that they could build a special cancer centre in his native island Madeira.In support of the victims of the 2010 Madeira flood, Ronaldo pledged to play in a charity match in Madeira between the Primeira Liga club FC Porto and local players from Madeiran based clubs Marítimo and Nacional. In November 2011, Ronaldo donated a pair of his football boots to be auctioned by Real Madrid’s ‘Clasico’ network. They sold for £2050 with the proceeds going to fund schools in Gaza, Palestine. In May 2012, Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, decided to fund a pioneering treatment for a nine-year-old boy when it seemed that there was almost no hope left for the child. He had been battling cancer since before his second birthday. In November 2012, Christiano Ronaldo sold the golden boot he had won in 2011 for €1.5 million and donated the money to fund schools for children again in Gaza. In December 2012, Ronaldo joined FIFA’s ’11 for Health’ programme which raises awareness in kids of how to steer clear of conditions including drug addiction, HIV, obesity and maleria. In January 2013, Ronaldo became the Save The Children’s new Global Artist Ambassador, in which he hopes to help fight child hunger and obesity. In March 2013, Ronaldo agreed to be the ambassador for The Mangrove Care Forum in Indonesia. This forum aims to raise awareness to the Indonesian and international community of the importance of conserving biodiversity and ecosystem of the mangroves in the South Bay of Benoa, Bali.


With the 2014 world cup not far away, it won’t be long before we witness more great goals from one of the worlds greatest players ever!

 By Chris Jones

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