Cristiano Ronaldo Biography
Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a striker and is considered one of the best strikers in the world. He was born in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal on February 5, 1985, and is the son of María Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Dinis Aveiro. Since he was a child he always showed his good performance in football and stood out for his skill with the ball.
His beginnings were at the age of 8 when he entered La Andorinha academy and where he quickly began to excel above the peers of his age. So much was the quality that Cristiano showed, that at the age of 10, the C. S. Marítimo and C. D. Nacional showed interest in having the young player. After an agreement was reached, the player signed for C. D. Nacional, where he continued with his training as a footballer and became one of the greatest promises of Portuguese football.
In 2001, he was presented to try out at the Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he performed very well and managed to be part of one of the most popular clubs in Portugal, so he had to move to Lisbon. By that time, he was diagnosed with a heart problem and had to undergo an operation, which was satisfactory and did not cause dangers in the player’s soccer career.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s professional debut came on August 14, 2002, at the age of 17, in the Champions League qualifying match, where Sporting de Lisboa faced Inter Milan. On September 30, he made his debut in the Portuguese league in a game against Sporting Braga, where his club was defeated 4-2. His first professional goal was scored on October 7 of that same year against Moreirense Futebol Clube, where his team won 3-0 and the player scored two goals, with which he began to be part of the first team of Sporting Lisbon.
The talent shown by the Portuguese made him the first player to be part of the youth team, reserves and professional in the same season, and before finishing it the Sporting Lisbon won the Portuguese league, the Cup, and the Portuguese Super Cup.
His talent was quickly captured by several European clubs, which started to scout him. Teams like Liverpool, a team that did not sign him because they considered him very young and should further enhance his skills. In 2003, Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United played a friendly match for the opening of the José Alvalade Stadium, which would be the scene of Euro 2004. In that game, the player showed great quality and football technique that surprised Alex Ferguson, who after that, was interested in having the player on his team. Cristiano Ronaldo ended up signing for Manchester United that summer for aorund 18 million euros.
At the beginning of the 2003-2004 season, Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United, where he wore the number 7 shirt, which David Beckham had been wearing in the past. He made his debut in the Premier League on August 16, 2003, in a game against Bolton, where he entered the 60th minute of the game.
His first goal with Manchester was scored on November 1 of that year, in the league game against Portsmouth FC. At the end of the season, the Portuguese player won the FA Cup with his team and scored a goal that contributed to the obtained title. In the second season, the player increased his level, and he stood out as one of the best youth players in the world and secured a place in the starting team of Manchester United.
Starting the league 2005-2006, the player scored the thousandth goal in the history of the Premier League and was chosen as the best young player of the year. In that season he also won the league cup and scored 12 goals in 47 games.
In the 2006-2007 season, Cristiano Ronaldo began to stand out by the ability to give assists to his teammates and to improve his goal average. For that reason, was chosen the player of the month of the Premier League in November and the Portuguese sportsman of the year, by the Portuguese newspaper A Bola. In that season he would score 17 goals and be crowned champion of the English Premier League, which made him more attractive to clubs like, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and Barcelona. On April 13, 2007, he extended his contract with Manchester United until 2012 and his salary was 8 million euros per season, was one of the best-paid players in the world at that time. In that season he was also recognized by the Professional Footballers Association as player of the year and best young player of the year.
In the 2007-2008 season, the Portuguese player continued to add titles in his career, and it was on August 5, 2007, that he managed to win the Community Shield, a match in which Manchester United defeated Chelsea. He became the winger with the most goals scored in a season with Manchester United, after scoring 42 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo, for the first time played a European final, on May 21, 2008, when his team Manchester United played the final of the Champions League against Chelsea FC, a match that ended 1-1 in regular time with a goal from the Portuguese, so the title was defined by penalty kicks which was won by Manchester United.
After the end of the season, the player managed to win the Premier League team and win the golden boot, adding two more achievements in his football career. He won the Golden Ball, the Golden Boot and the FIFA World Player in 2008, which identified him as the best player in the world in that season and also was part of the ideal team of FIFA. The popularity of Cristiano Ronaldo began to increase so much that Real Madrid was interested in the services of the talented player. Nevertheless, an injury prevented that the negotiation was closed in that year. Before expected, the Portuguese star recovered from his injury and could continue with the competitions that played Manchester United in the 2008-2009 season, where he reached the final of the Champions League for the second year in a row, but in this case, as the runner-up when falling 2-0 before Barcelona FC. At the end of the season, Manchester United managed to win the League Cup, the Premier League and the FIFA Club World Cup where their team beat Liga de Quito 1-0. In this season, Ronaldo scored 33 goals and gave 9 assists in 33 games, which added up to a total of 118 goals in his career.
The talented Portuguese player always expressed his interest in playing in a club like Real Madrid, where he would be transferred for a figure that exceeded 90 million Euros. On June 6, 2009, the player was presented at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium before more than 90 thousand fans chanted his name in the phrase “Yes, yes, yes, Ronaldo is already here.”
His first game with the Real Madrid jersey was against the Irish Shamrock Rovers, on July 21, 2009, in a game corresponding to the preseason of Real Madrid. In a tour for South Korea, he scored his first goals with Real Madrid, in the 2009 Peace Cup against Juventus and Liga de Quito. He made his debut in the Spanish league on August 29, 2009, before the Deportivo de La Coruña where he managed to score a goal that contributed to the victory of his team by 3-2. Days later for Champions League, the player scored twice against F. C. Zürich, in the 5-2 victory of Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo would continue to show outstanding performance, and on May 5, 2010, he scored his first hat-trick against Mallorca. Although the Portuguese player managed to score 33 goals in 35 games in the 2009-2010 season, he did not win any title with Real Madrid. At the start of the 2010-2011 season, Cristiano Ronaldo kept breaking records, for the first time in his career he scored 4 goals in a game against Racing Santander and managed to score 13 goals in 6 straight games; reaching a figure of 50 goals in 53 games played. In December, the Portuguese finished the year with 43 goals, being his highest number of goals scored in the middle of a season. The player won his first title with Real Madrid, on April 20, 2011, when he won the King’s Cup at Barcelona by a score of 1-0, where the Portuguese player scored the winning goal. With that goal he reached 43 goals in the season, surpassing his own record of 42 goals. He also managed to overcome the great players Hugo Sánchez and Telmo Zarra, exceeding 38 goals in a Spanish league. The player closed the season with a total of 53 goals in 54 games, sharing a record with the player Lionel Messi.
On October 15, 2011 he played his 100th game with Real Madrid against Real Betis and on November 2, after scoring 2 goals against Olympique Lyonnais for Champions League, reached 100 goals in official matches with Real Madrid, with an average of 0.96 goals per game. Days later he received the “Golden Boot” which identified him as the top scorer of last season. At the end of 2011, reached 20 goals in the league, of which 15 were scored in 5 triples.
Cristiano Ronaldo began to be recognized for scoring on Barcelona in each of the exciting Spanish classics, began the year 2012 by scoring a goal in the first leg and another in the quarter-final of the King’s Cup, although his team was eliminated; and in the month of April, he would score the winning goal for Real Madrid, killing Barcelona’s hopes of being league champions. On May 2, ending the 2011-2012 season, he scored 1 goal in the 3-0 victory against Athletic Club, with which Real Madrid certified its Spanish league title. He finished with a total of 60 goals in all the tournaments that he played, standing out for being the first player to score a goal to all the teams he faced in the Liga.
The 2012-2013 season started with a title for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, where the overall result was 4-4, but by the rule of the away goal Real Madrid came out the champion. The Portuguese scored a goal in the first leg and another in the return and reached the record of Ivan Zamorano to score in five consecutive classics. On October 7, 2012, he exceeded the Chilean record, after scoring two goals in the first league classic against the Blaugrana team, scoring them for the sixth time in a row. Beginning in 2013, the player reached 302 goals in his professional career, being one of the players with the best goal average in history.
He played for the first time against his old team, Manchester United, on February 13, 2013, for the knockout stages of the Champions League, where he scored two goals that contributed to the next round pass to Real Madrid. On February 26 of that year, he again scored a double to Barcelona FC, in the semifinal of the King’s Cup, contributing to the classification of his team. On May 8, 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal against Málaga, with which he reached 200 goals in 197 games with Real Madrid. After the season ended, the player scored 55 goals in 55 games and 12 assists.
On September 15, beginning the 2013-2014 season, Cristiano Ronaldo renewed his contract with Real Madrid until 2018. He reached his 100th game in European competitions, on October 2, 2013, in a Champions League match against Copenhagen, where he scored two goals and Real Madrid won 4-0. Ronaldo’s goalscoring ability continued to break records, and at the end of 2013, he became Real Madrid’s fourth goal scorer with 164 goals in the Spanish league and the second goalscorer in away matches with 72 goals, behind Raúl González. In addition, he was chosen by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, as the world’s top scorer in 2013. At the beginning of 2014, the season continued, and in the game against Celta, Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals which helped him to reach 400 goals in his football career. On January 13 of that same year, the Portuguese player was awarded the FIFA Golden Ball, this being the second ball he achieved throughout his career, crediting him as one of the best players in the world and in football history.
During 2014, the Portuguese continued to break records, among which stand out: On February 26, he was the first player to score 10 or more goals in three Champions Leagues, after scoring two goals in the first leg of the round of 16 of that competition. On March 15, he became the first player to score 25 or more goals in five consecutive Spanish league seasons. On April 2, he equalized Lionel Messi and José Altafini’s as the top scorers in the Champions League, but on April 29 in the semi-finals of that competition against Bayern Munich, he scored 2 goals which served him to become the player who scored the most goals in a Champions League.
On May 24 of that same year, Real Madrid played the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, where they won by a score of 4-1 and the Portuguese contributed with a goal. After finishing the season, the Portuguese ended up with 31 goals in the Spanish League and a total of 51 goals in 47 games played; He also won the King’s Cup, a match in which he did not play for an injury.
For the start of the 2014-2015 season, Cristiano Ronaldo was champion of the Super European Cup, where he scored the two goals of the victory of Real Madrid against Sevilla. On August 29, 2014, the Portuguese received the award for the Best European player, by UEFA. On October 22 of that season, Raul Gonzalez reached the top scorer in the Champions League with 71 goals in 110 games. Ronaldo’s records kept growing, and it was on December 6th when he reached 200 goals scored with Real Madrid’s shirt.
Cristiano Ronaldo won his third FIFA Ballon d’Or, on January 12, 2015, who recognized him again as the best player in the world in 2014 and a few days later was recognized by the Portuguese Football Federation, with the “Quina de Ouro” award, which identified him as the best player in the history of Portuguese football. On 8 April of that same year, scored the goal 300 with the shirt of Real Madrid, and a few days later reached 50 goals in a single season, so he became the only player to score that amount or more goals in 5 consecutive seasons.
After the end of 2014 season, the player scored 61 goals in 54 games and added the Super European Cup, the Club World Cup, won the golden boot for the fourth time and was the top scorer in the league with 48 goals. On September 12, 2015, at the start of a new season, he scored 5 goals in Real Madrid’s victory against Espanyol and beat Raúl Gonzáles as top scorer in the Spanish League. On October 2 of that same year, Real Madrid paid tribute to him, for having become the club’s historic scorer with 323 goals. On May 28, 2016, he was crowned champion of the Champions League, where Real Madrid defeated Atlético de Madrid. The end of the 2015-2016 season left for Cristiano Ronaldo 51 goals scored in 48 games and the title of European champion.
On November 6, 2016, the player renewed a contract with Real Madrid until the year 2021, and on December 12 of that same year he won for the fourth time the Golden Ball, which accredited him as the best player in the world, and in 2016 On January 9, 2017, he won the FIFA’s The Best Award. On October 23, 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Best The Award, which recognized him again as the best player in the world. December 2017, the player won the golden ball awarded by the magazine France Football, which recognized him again as the best player in the world in the year. On December 28, 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo was distinguished for the fifth time with the Globe Soccer award for the best player of the year 2017.
PORTUGAL NATIONAL TEAM
In 2001, debuted in the U-17 team of Portugal, where he participated in two matches corresponding to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where he showed great talent and quickly began to be recognized, so much so that in 2003 he was summoned to the U21 national team of Portugal, where he qualified for the U21 European Championship, a championship that he did not play because he decided to play the 2003 Esperanzas de Toulon tournament, in which was crowned champion.
The excellent level shown by the player in the youth teams, made him quickly be called to the senior team of his country, where he made his debut on August 20, 2003, and was part of the team convened to face Eurocup 2004, a competition in which he scored two goals in 7 games played and the Portugal team finished runners-up after losing the final match against Greece 1-0.
In 2006, he was summoned by Luiz Felipe Scolari, dispute the World Cup to be held in Germany. In the maximum competition of soccer, Portugal beat the selections of Iran, Mexico, and Angola in the group stage, qualifying perfectly for the second round. In the direct elimination phase, Portugal won the Dutch national team in the round of 16, in Quarters to England and their way reached the semifinals where they lost 1-0 to the French national team. At the end of the World Cup, Ronaldo scored a goal and his team was fourth in the competition.
Two years after the World Cup in Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared on the squad to face the 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland, where Portugal reached the quarterfinals where they would be defeated 3-2 by the Germany team. The player could only score one goal in that competition.
In 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo played the South Africa World Cup 2010 where he scored a goal and reached the round of 16, where Portugal was eliminated by Spain. Two years later, the player was part of the 23 players, who would play the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. In the group stage, Portugal and Ronaldo debuted with defeat against Germany, but in the next two games they straightened their way and beat Netherland, where the player scored two goals, and Denmark, getting the classification to the next round. In the quarterfinal phase, Ronaldo scored the only goal, with which his team beat the Czech Republic. In the semifinals, Spain ended the dream of the title for Portugal. After finishing the competition, the player was second in the Castrol EDGE Index, which deserves the most regular players of the tournament, and was on the list of the 23 best players in the tournament. On the way to the 2014 Brazil World Cup, Portugal finished second in his group, which forced him to play the playoff against the Swedish national team; the overall score was in favor of Portugal 4-2 and Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 4 goals, giving the classification to his team.
Already in the world cup of Brazil, the Portuguese and their national team failed to pass the group stage, where they lost the second spot against the United States by goal difference, the result of a defeat against Germany, a draw with the United States and a victory against Ghana. After several competitions with the absolute selection, another opportunity came for Ronaldo in the Euro 2016 competition.
In the Group Stage Portugal achieved an agonizing classification as one of the best third teams, after achieving 3 draws in the group stage against Austria, Hungary, and Iceland. In the direct elimination phase, Portugal got Croatia out by a score of 1-0. In Quarterfinals Portugal defeated Poland in penalties, after a 1-1 draw in regular time, where Ronaldo was the man of the match. In the semi-final, Cristiano Ronaldo faced his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale who was part of the Wales team, where Portugal won 2-0, and Cristiano gave his contribution in the victory with a spectacular performance and a goal, and after 12 years, the player returned to dispute a final of that contest.
In the final, the Portuguese crack was injured before the end of the first half. However, his team managed to defeat France 1-0, crowned champion of Europe; that was the first title that Ronaldo got with the senior team. In addition, he was awarded the silver boot for having scored 3 goals and 3 assists. Cristiano Ronaldo played the tie to the 2018 World Cup, where he managed to score 15 goals and finally on October 10, 2017, managed to seal the qualification to the World Cup with the selection of Portugal.
Awards with Manchester United
- FA Cup: 2004. • League Cup: 2006 and 2009.
- Premier League: 2007, 2088 and 2009.
- Community Shield: 2007 and 2008.
- UEFA Champions League: 2008.
- Club World Cup: 2008.
Awards with Real Madrid
- Copa del Rey: 2011 and 2014.
- Spanish League: 2012 and 2017.
- Super Cup of Spain: 2012 and 2017
- UEFA Champion League: 2014, 2016 and 2017.
- European Super Cup: 2014 and 2016, 2017.
- Club World Cup: 2014 and 2016.
Portugal National team
- Eurocopa 2016.
Some Records and Individual Awards
- 69 goals in one year
- 61 goals in a season
- 98 goals in competitions of UEFA
- 17 goals in a single edition of the UEFA Champion League
- Best All-Star breakthrough in history, after scoring 15 goals in 8 matches
- Golden Ball: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017.
- Matches followed a scoring goal, after scoring 20 goals in 12 games
- Reached 100 goals in the Champions League on April 18, 2017
- UEFA Champions League top scorer 2016-2017
- Best striker of the season, by UEFA: 2016-2017
- Best UEFA Player 2016-2017
- FIFA The Best Award: 2016, 2017.
- Globe Soccer Award: 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017.