Cristiano Ronaldo

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com

Full Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Profession: Football Star

Nationality:
Portugal
Portuguese

Why Famous: Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded by some as currently the best football player in the world and one of the greatest of all time.

Ronado rose to fame playing for English club Manchester United at age 18. There he was instrumental in helping the club win 3 Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup. In 2008 he won his 1st Ballon d'Or award.

In 2009 his transfer to Spanish club Real Madrid was the most expensive ever in association football at $123 million. While at Real Madrid the club has won 2 Champions League titles, and a Club World Cup.

Ronald also has the record for most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season, 17 during the 2013-14 season.

On the national stage Ronaldo began playing for Portugal at 18 and helped his country reach the final of Euro 2004. In 2008 Ronald was made Captain of the Portuguese team and went on to lead Portugal to win Euro 16, at the same time becoming the most capped player of all time.

Events in the Life of Cristiano Ronaldo

  • 2003-08-16 Cristiano Ronaldo (18) makes his debut for Manchester United and the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers
  • 2004-05-22 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,350): Manchester United beats Millwall, 3-0; Ruud van Nistelrooy scores 2 and Cristiano Ronaldo 1 in Red Devils' 11th title win
  • 2008-12-02 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first award as best football player in the world; Barcelona forward Lionel Messi 2nd, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres 3rd
  • 2009-01-12 Cristiano Ronaldo is awarded 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year for the first time at a ceremony in Zurich
  • 2009-08-29 Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña
  • 2009-12-01 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is named best football player in the world; wins award by a then record margin, 240 points ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid with Barcelona midfielder Xavi 3rd
  • 2014-01-13 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo ends Lionel Messi's domination of award; FFC Frankfurt goalkeeper Nadine Angerer takes women's award
  • 2014-01-29 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the 1st non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid, making his 500th appearance for the club
  • 2015-01-12 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins for a 2nd consecutive time; his 3rd award overall; VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Nadine Keßler is women's award winner
  • 2016-06-12 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to top Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million
  • 2016-12-12 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo claims award for the 4th time; record winning margin of 429 from Lionel Messi
  • 2017-12-07 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 5th award to equal Lionel Messi's record; 2nd consecutive win for Ronaldo
  • 2018-07-10 Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo joins Italian champions Juventus in a deal worth £99.2m, becoming one of the four most expensive players of all time
  • 2018-09-28 Cristiano Ronaldo accused of rape in 2009 in US lawsuit filed in Nevada
  • 2018-12-03 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić wins; first time since 2007 that either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't win award; Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg is inaugural women's winner

Famous Footballers