Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, ComM, GOIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɾiʃ'tjɐnu ʁuˈnaɫdu], born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He primarily plays as a forward, but has also been deployed as a winger and serves as captain for Portugal. In 2008, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. Ronaldo then won the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, he received his fourth Ballon d'Or, the most for a European player in the history of the award, and the inaugural Best FIFA Men's Player. In 2015, Ronaldo scored his 500th senior career goal for club and country.

1 cristiano ronaldo 2016.jpg Ronaldo going for a header in the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Poland

Often ranked the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation, during its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2015. He is the only player to win four European Golden Shoe awards. One of the most marketable athletes in sport, in 2016 Forbes named Ronaldo the world's best paid athlete. In June 2016, ESPN ranked him the world's most famous athlete.

C.Ronaldo at Museum Mundo Sporting.JPG Ronaldo memorabilia at Sporting CP's museum

Ronaldo began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United at age 18 in 2003. After winning his first trophy, the FA Cup, during his first season in England, he helped United win three successive Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup. By age 23, he had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. He was the subject of the most expensive association football transfer when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth €94 million ($132 million). In Spain, he has won one La Liga title, two Copas del Rey, two Champions League titles, and two Club World Cups. Ronaldo holds the record for most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season, having scored 17 goals in the 2013–14 season. In 2014, Ronaldo became the fastest player to score 200 goals in La Liga, which he achieved in his 178th La Liga game. He is the only player in the history of football to score more than 50 goals in a season on six consecutive occasions. In 2015, Ronaldo became the all-time top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League, and he also became Real Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer. In 2017, he became the first player to reach 100 goals in European club competitions, as well as in the UEFA Champions League. He is the second highest goalscorer in La Liga history behind Lionel Messi, his perceived career rival.

CR7.JPG The Cristiano Ronaldo Museum, "CR7", in Funchal, Madeira. It was opened on 15 December 2013.

Ronaldo made his international debut for Portugal in August 2003, at the age of 18. He is Portugal's most capped player of all time with over 130 caps, and has participated in seven major tournaments: four UEFA European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016) and three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014). He is the first Portuguese player to reach 50 international goals, making him Portugal's all-time top goalscorer. He scored his first international goal in Euro 2004 and helped Portugal reach the final. He took over full captaincy in July 2008, and he led Portugal to the semi-finals at Euro 2012, finishing the competition as joint-top scorer. In November 2014, Ronaldo became the all-time top scorer in the UEFA European Championship (including qualifying) with 23 goals. At Euro 2016, he became the most capped player of all-time in the tournament, the first player to score at four consecutive European Championship finals, and also equalled Michel Platini's all-time record for most goals scored in the competition. Ronaldo lifted the trophy after Portugal defeated France in the final, and he received the Silver Boot as the second-highest goalscorer of the tournament.

CR derbi 2013 cropped.png Ronaldo scored a record 17 goals during the 2013-14 La Décima campaign.
C Ronaldo.jpg Ronaldo taking a direct free kick against Celtic in the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League
Contrôle de Cristiano Ronaldo.jpg Ronaldo controlling the ball on his chest during a 2010-11 La Liga game against UD Almería.
Cristiano Ajax.jpg Ronaldo scored 46 league goals during the La Liga championship success in his third season in Spain.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 2010.jpg Ronaldo during his current tenure with Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo (L), Luka Modric (R) - Croatia vs. Portugal, 10th June 2013.jpg Ronaldo evades club teammate Luka Modrić during a friendly match against Croatia in June 2013.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Ballon d'Or (cropped).jpg Ronaldo presenting his third Ballon d'Or to fans at the Santiago Bernabéu in January 2015
Cristiano Ronaldo 20120609.jpg Ronaldo, pictured playing against Germany at Euro 2012, was made captain in 2008.
Cristiano Ronaldo 2012 Espanyol.jpg Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid against Espanyol during the 2012-13 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo Madrid.jpg As his usual number 7 was unavailable, Ronaldo wore number 9 during his first season at Madrid. Following Raúl's departure, Ronaldo was handed the number 7 shirt before the 2010–11 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - Portugal vs Argentina, 9th February 2011.jpg Ronaldo with Lionel Messi before an international friendly between Portugal and Argentina in Geneva, Switzerland, on 9 February 2011
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Madeira Funchal landing strip 1990.jpg Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport in Madeira
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Ronaldo - Manchester United vs Chelsea.jpg Ronaldo playing against Chelsea in the Premier League during his third season in England.
Ronaldo vs. FC Schalke 04 (16854146922).jpg Ronaldo scored a personal best of 61 goals in all competitions during the 2014–15 season.
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