With seven seasons as top star of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo -today 31 years old- continues to break records and demonstrating that remains one of the two best in the world.
As a rough diamond was Cristiano Ronaldo considered in the beginning. People said that with his talent, he could one day become the best player in the world. Today it’s a reality: Cristiano Ronaldo is the idol of millions of people around the world and considered by many the most complete player.
Cristiano Ronaldo, was born in Portugal, and is the player for whom a club has paid the largest amount ever: in June 2009, the transfer fee to Real Madrid cost the white club 94 million euros, the highest figure in history. Today with a value is 110 million euros.
During his time at the Manchester United team, Cristiano stood out for his cocky and self-centered character, his game, full of luxuries and irrelevant soccer shoes, and his compulsion to take possession of the ball limiting his potential. Until one day, Cristiano seemed to understand that 11 are needed to play soccer and then everything changed. The goals came magically and, with them, titles became an everyday thing. He won the Champions League and the Golden Shoe with the United and was signed by Real Madrid, where he has emerged as a legend and surpassed all scoring records.
Cristiano began at age 9 his first steps playing soccer at the Andorinha Club, where his teammates teased him because his father, to earn an extra pay, cleaned the locker room’s latrines. He was called “little bee” because he kept running tirelessly all over the field. Cristiano Ronaldo says his childhood was happy. Why? ” Because he never left the ball, slept with her,” tells her mother.
WHAT YOU DIDN´T KNOW
Cristiano is a very generous man, not only with his family but with everyone. During the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, he noticed a boy in a Portugal shirt and traveled to the affected areas, met with the president of the country to raise funds and donated € 120,000 out of his pocket.
In 2011 after the bombing of Israel to Gaza Strip, he auctioned his Golden Shoe to help build schools for Palestinian children.
3. No tattoos
He has chosen not to have tattoos in order to be able to donate blood whenever he wants to, something he does twice a year since he was a teenager. A few years ago Carlos Martins, a Granada player in Spain, asked for help for his child sick with leukemia. Because of the indifference of most players in the league, Cristiano became a marrow donor and has since invited sick children to the Golden Ball delivery.
Ronaldo a route
In Madeira, his place of origin, has created a museum to keep all of his trophies. Tour packages have been created to visit the places where he spent his childhood.
WHO IS HE
Origin: Santo António do Funchal, Portugal
Date of birth: February 5, 1985
Age: 31 years old
Siblings: Katia Aveiro, Hugo Aveiro, Elma Aveiro
Child: Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.
Favorite food: Grilled cod
Favorite drink: Santal, made with fruits
Jersey number: 7, 9
Data 1: His mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos, worked as a cook in a restaurant and his father was a municipal gardener; in his spare time cleaned the locker rooms of the Andorinha Soccer Club.
Data 2: At 9 years old, he was called “cry baby” because tears came out of his eyes every time his friends didn’t pass the ball to him or he missed a goal.
TEAMS HE PLAYED FOR
2002 – 2003 Sporting Lisboa (Portugal) 31 Matches 5 Goals
2003 – 2009 Manchester United (England) 292 Matches 118 Goals
2009 – 2016 Real Madrid CF (Spain) 323 Matches 338 Goals