Cristiano Ronaldo – Soccer Player
BIRTHDAY: February 5, 1985
AGE: 29 years old
Became one of the top soccer players in the world, rising to fame as a forward for Real Madrid, who acquired him from Manchester United through a $131.6 million transfer fee in 2009. He became captain of the Portuguese national team in 2008 and received the Ballon d’Or as the European Footballer of the Year in 2008, 2013, and 2014.
By the age of 22, Ronaldo had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2008, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013 and 2014. He also won the 2013–14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. In January 2014, Ronaldo scored his 400th senior career goal for club and country aged 28.
Ronaldo was born in Santo António, a neighbourhood of Funchal, Madeira, the youngest child of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, a cook, and José Dinis Aveiro, a municipal gardener. His second given name, “Ronaldo”, was chosen after then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan, who was his father’s favourite actor. He has one older brother, Hugo, and two older sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia. His great-grandmother Isabel da Piedade was from Cape Verde.
The family was staunchly Catholic and Ronaldo later claimed that he lived in poverty, sharing a room with his brother and sisters. Ronaldo was popular with other students at school, but he was expelled after he threw a chair at his teacher. Ronaldo later said of the incident, “He disrespected me”.At age 14, Ronaldo agreed with his mother to focus entirely on football
He broke a number of La Liga records as well as Real Madrid franchise records and scored his 300th career goal in January, 2013. He was raised with an older brother named Hugo and two older sisters, one of whom is the singer Ronalda. He began dating Russian model Irina Shayk in 2010, and became a father on July 10th of that year.
He and Lionel Messi developed a great rivalry as the top two forwards in professional soccer and leaders of La Liga’s Real Madrid and FC Barcelona respectively. He has many records and won many awards.