Cristiano Ronaldo was born on 5 February 1985 to mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and father Dinis Aveiro. His father was a gardener and mother used to work as a cook and domestic help. He surely didn’t have a childhood other than ordinary. In fact, his family was poor and barely managed to eat twice a day. His father Dinis Aveiro, who was a big fan of American actor and politician Ronald Reagan, named his newly born son after the celebrity. Cristiano Ronaldo’s parents lived in the neighborhood named as Santo Antonio situated in the Funchal city of Madeira Island in Portugal. There he learned football from the streets and developed a passion for the game. His journey to the top is discussed in Cristiano Ronaldo biography and is mostly based on his determination, desire, and hard work to become the best in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo‘s father was an alcohol addict. He often drank too much and hence wasn’t able to manage a stable financial status of the house. But he was also a reason why Ronaldo learned football. When Mr. Dinis was working as a kit man at the local club Andorinha. That was when he was introduced to the football for the first. He joined the club’s team as a kid and used to train there. He eventually joined another local club Nacional. As a kid, Cristiano was very much passionate about the game. His friends and family told that he used to eat, drink, and sleep the game. His teachers criticized him for this obsession and advised him to concentrate on studies to support his family in the future. One of his teachers even said him that “Football isn’t going to earn him food”.
Despite all this, he was unstoppable. As a kid, he had big dreams. He wanted to be the best player in the world one day. He had the spark in himself to get what he want. During his time at Nacional, his talent was out in front of all. The news spread around the country that this kid is something specially. One of the biggest clubs in the country, Sporting CP signed the 12-year-old kid for a fee of £1,500. This was the ultimate start of his footballing career. A 12-year-old kid worth £1,500 is expected to be nothing less than extraordinary. He flourished at the club and eventually break through to the Sporting CP’s first team in 2002.
At the age of 17, Cristiano Ronaldo was a part of Sporting CP’s first team. He played in the 2002/03 season making 31 appearances and scoring 5 goals. At the time, he was considered a great prospect in the world football. In the summers of 2003, Sporting CP and Manchester United played a pre-season friendly. His performance during the game was outstanding and he literally destroyed Manchester United through his skills and abilities to get past the defenders. Manchester United was one of the best clubs in the world at that time. Sir Alex Ferguson and his players like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs were impressed by the performance of the youngsters. The players forced the coach to sign Ronaldo as soon as possible. Within 3 weeks, Cristiano Ronaldo was officially a Manchester United player.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the most expensive teenager in the English football as Sporting CP received £12.24 million for the player. The club’s environment, coach, players, and opportunities were ideal for the growth of the youngster who had immense talent. He considered Sir Alex as his father in football. To boost his confidence, Sir Alex gave him the number 7 shirt which is an iconic number for Manchester United. One of the greats of the game George Best, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham all wore number 7 while playing for Manchester United. This was an extra motivation for the Portuguese player to work harder in order to meet the expectations.
During his first season at the club, he made 40 appearances in all competitions and scored 6 goals. By the next season, Cristiano became an important player at the club as he played in 50 games. His goal tally increased by 3 and ended the season with 9 official goals. It took him 3 seasons to completely break through onto the scenes. In 2006/07 season, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular 23 goals for the club in 53 appearances in all competitions. This was the time he got his name amongst the top players in the world. He was crucial in Manchester United’s Premier league triumph of the season. The next season 2007/08 was the best one for Ronaldo. He became the joint record holder for most goals in a premier league season with 31 goals in 34 appearances. His goal tally in all competition was 49 goals.
This was the start of Cristiano Ronaldo, the best in the world. He was decisive for Manchester United during their Champions league triumph in 2008. By the end of 2008, Cristiano Ronaldo won his first ever Ballon d’Or and FIFA player of the year award. By the time Cristiano Ronaldo became the best in the world, Argentine Lionel Messi rose to his full potential and rivaled Cristiano for being the best in the world. Next season was again a great one for both Ronaldo and Manchester United. They faced Barcelona in the Champions league final in 2009 but couldn’t manage a win. His rival Messi scored the winning goal to complete FC Barcelona’s first ever treble. This was the moment Ronaldo decided to leave for Real Madrid to get more opportunities and limelight. He lost the Ballon d’Or battle to Messi in 2009.
In 2009, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez signed the Portuguese from Manchester United for a then world record fee of £80 million to rival Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for La Liga title.
His first season ended trophyless for Real Madrid. But he was able to score 33 goals in 35 appearances for the star-studded Madrid side. In 2010, Jose Mourinho took charge of Real Madrid as a manager. But Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho were humiliated 5-0 by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona at the Camp Nou. They also lost the Champions league semi-final to Barcelona, thanks to Lionel Messi’s 2 stunning goals at the Bernabeu. However, the Jose Mourinho’s side managed to win the Copa Del Rey final and prevented Barcelona from winning their second treble. In 2011/12, Madrid outdid the Catalans from La Liga title race as Cristiano Ronaldo scored an equalizer in el-Clasico.
Cristiano Ronaldo biography elaborates him winning the Ballon d’Or 4 times after losing the award 5 times to Lionel Messi. In 2014, Real Madrid won the Copa Del Rey trophy and a Champions league title as they completed the famous La Decima. He also became Real Madrid’s all-time goal scorer in 2014. The next season was again trophyless for the Spanish giants as Barcelona grabbed their second treble and Lionel Messi won his fifth Ballon d’Or. 2016 was spectacular for Cristiano Ronaldo as he managed to win Euro Cup and UEFA Champions league. Moreover, he also won Ballon d’Or and FIFA best award in 2016.
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the top scorer of Portugal. Although he scored a lot of goals for his country, he couldn’t manage to win a trophy with country until 2016. He played in Euro 2004 final against Greece but couldn’t lead his team to glory. His dream came true in 2016 as Eder scored the winner against France in Euro Cup during summers. He has 68 goals in 136 appearances for Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the greats the game has ever seen. His list of records is never ending. But here are the most crucial and important records he has on his name during his career.