Cristiano Ronaldo

by Binor 19 Sep,2017
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team wearing the number 7 jersey. The 33 years old Madrid star has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or five times equalizing with Lionel Messi.

He has played for clubs like Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid. Ronaldo has an estimated net worth of $400 million in 2018.

The early life of Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was born as Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro on 5 February 1985, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. His parents are Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and Jose Dinis Aveiro, his siblings are Katia Aveiro, Elma Aveiro, and Hugo Aveiro. He is of Portuguese nationality.

He grew up in a Catholic and impoverished home, sharing a room with his brother and sisters. His father was a municipal Gardner and a part-time kit man. He was named after former American Ronald Regan as his father was inspired by him.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Club Career

Cristiano Ronaldo began his youth footballing career since 1992 joining the youth academy of Andorinha where his father was the kit man. He eventually moved to the youth academy of Sporting Lisbon in 1997 at the age of 12. He made his dream debut for the club on October 7, 2002, playing against Moreirense and scored 2 goals in their 3-0 victory.

Ronaldo came into the eyes of Alex Ferguson when Sporting defeated Manchester United in Lisbon. He was further signed by England's top club at the time, Manchester United in 2003 handing the number 7 jersey previously owned by David Beckham.

Ronaldo made his debut in the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers on August 16, 2003. He scored his first goal for the club with a free kick against Portsmouth on November 1, 2003. He scored a total of 42 goals in all competitions during the 2007–08 season, his best performance during his time in the club.

He won the FIFA Ballon d' Or 2008 with Manchester United and was also nominated for the Balon d'Or 2009. He made 292 appearances for the club and scored 118 goals in his 6 seasons with the club.

His World Cup issues with Wayne Rooney wasn't going well in the club so he left for Real Madrid in 2009-10 season, signing a four years contract. He made his debut for the club on 29 August 2009, against Deportivo La Coruña, and scored from the penalty spot in Madrid's 3–2 home win.

His impact was same as he was in England, he scored against every possible clubs and is regarded one of the best attackers of the world pairing up with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. He additionally won four more ballon d' Or with the club leveling with Messi and is now the all-time top scorer for the club. 

Ronaldo has won several individual and club titles with Real Madrid. He was the key player and the highest scorer on the team that won three Champions League titles 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17. Moreover, he has won two La Liga with the club and is the highest scorer of the club every season since his arrival.

Ronaldo has won uncountable individual honors and titles in his career. He has scored 409 goals in 397 appearances for Real Madrid and has netted 532 club career goals.

International Career of Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has the pleasure of representing his national side in both junior and senior levels. He made his international professional debut on August 20, 2003, at the age of 17. He scored his first international goal in a 2–1 group stage loss to Greece. He was the second-highest goalscorer in the European qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup with seven goals.

Ronaldo was named the top Portuguese player with highest goals for his country after scoring 48 of total goals till 2014. He led his team to the 2016 Euro Cup title defeating France in the final match. He was also named the best player of the tournament beating Antoine Griezmann. He is currently the captain of his team. He has won over 145 caps for his national side scoring 78 goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Personal Life

Cristiano Ronaldo is neither married nor single but is in a relationship with his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, a Spanish model. The couple is in a relationship since 2016 and is living together. Though he is not married yet, he is already a father of four children. His son Junior Cristiano Ronaldo was born in June 2010 and he hasn't revealed the identity of Jr Ronaldo's mother. Ronaldo welcomed little girl-boy twins named Eva Maria and Mateo on June 8 via a surrogate mother in America. The couple welcomed their fourth child together on 12 November 2017, named Alana Martina dos Santos.

Though he is not married yet, he is already a father of four children. His son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. was born in June 2010 but he hasn't revealed the identity of Jr Ronaldo's mother. He confirmed he'd become a father again in June, having welcomed little girl-boy twins named Eva Maria and Mateo on June 8 via a surrogate mother in America.

Cristiano Ronaldo has dated various supermodels and other personalities. Ronaldo has previously dated the reality star Paris Hilton, he was in a relationship with the Russian supermodel model and actress Irina Shayak for five years. He was also linked with famous Tv personality Kim Kardashian.Gemma Atkinson is another famous British model and actress who dated Ronaldo.

Net Worth and Endorsements of Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has an estimated net worth of $400 million, $35 million more than that of his rival club Barcelona's Lionel Messi. He receives an annual salary of $58million from his club Real Madrid. According to Forbes, Ronaldo makes an average of $93 million every year, making him the fifth highest-paid celebrity in 2017. He is currently the third highest earning player in FIFA behind Messi and Neymar.  

Apart from his earnings from football he too earns massive amounts of money through his several endorsing brands like Toyota, Emirates, Samsung, Castrol, Nike and much more. His deal with Nike grants him $21.7 million per year. He makes over $50 million annually from his endorsement deals. He has lists of several world's best luxury cars, he usually rides Range Rover. Ronaldo also owns a beautiful house in Madrid, Spain.

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