Updated: May 31, 2021
Who is Cristiano Ronaldo ?
Ronaldo is the most followed athlete on social media. His Instagram followers hit 200 million in 2020.
The Portuguese star joined Juventus in 2018 after nine years with Real Madrid. He took a pay cut with his four-year deal worth $64 million annually.
Within 24 hours of release, Juventus sold 520,000 Ronaldo jerseys worth over $60 million.
He was the club's top scorer, with 28 goals during the 2018-19 season on the way to the club winning both the Serie A title and the Italian Super Cup.
He has won FIFA's Player of the Year five times and is the all-time leading goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League.
1. Birth and Childhood
Cristiano Ronaldo, in full Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, (born February 5, 1985, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal), and Portuguese football (soccer) forward with Jersey No-7 ( CR7 ) who was one of the greatest players of his generation.
Ronaldo’s father, José Dinis Aveiro, was the equipment manager for the local club Andorinha. (The name Ronaldo was added to Cristiano’s name in honour of his father’s favourite movie actor, Ronald Reagan, who was U.S. president at the time of Cristiano’s birth.)
At age 15, Ronaldo was diagnosed with a heart condition, that necessitated surgery, but he was sidelined only briefly and made a full recovery. He first played for Clube Desportivo Nacional of Madeira and then transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal (known as Sporting Lisbon), where he played for that club’s various youth teams before making his debut on Sporting’s first team in 2002.
A tall player at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 metres), Ronaldo was a formidable athlete on the pitch. Originally a right-winger, he developed into a forward with a free-reined attacking style. He was able to mesmerize opponents with a sleight of foot that made sufficient space for openings in opposing defenses.
2. Football Career
After a successful season with Sporting that brought the young player to the attention of Europe’s biggest football clubs, Ronaldo signed with English powerhouse Manchester United in 2003. He was an instant sensation and soon came to be regarded as one of the best forwards in the game. His finest season with United came in 2007–08, when he scored 42 League and Cup goals and earned the Golden Shoe award as Europe’s leading scorer, with 31 League goals. After helping United to a Champions League title in May 2008, Ronaldo captured Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Player of the Year honours for his stellar 2007–08 season. He also led United to an appearance in the 2009 Champions League final, which they lost to FC Barcelona.
Soon thereafter Ronaldo was sold to Spain’s Real Madrid—a club with which he had long been rumoured to want to play—for a then record £80 million (about $131 million) transfer fee. His scoring prowess continued with his new team, and he netted the most goals (40) in La Liga history during the 2010–11 season (his record was broken the following season by his rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona). In 2011–12 Ronaldo helped Madrid capture a La Liga championship and scored a personal-best 46 goals during the League season.
He scored a total of 66 goals in 56 appearances with Madrid and the Portuguese national team in 2013 to earn his second world player of the year award (the FIFA World Player of the Year was renamed the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010). In 2014 he scored 52 goals in 43 games and led Madrid to a Champions League title, which resulted in Ronaldo capturing another Ballon d’Or award. In 2014–15 he netted 48 goals to lead La Liga in scoring.
Ronaldo netted his 324th goal as a member of Real in October 2015 to become the club’s all-time leading goal scorer. He scored 35 La Liga goals in 2015–16 and helped Real win its record 11th Champions League title, and in December 2016 he won a fourth career Ballon d’Or for his accomplishments. Ronaldo scored 42 goals for Real across all competitions in 2016–17 and led his team to La Liga and Champions League titles that season, which resulted in a fifth career Ballon d’Or award. In 2017–18 he scored 44 goals in 44 games, and Real won a third straight Champions League title. In July 2018 he reached a four-year contract worth €112 million (about $132 million) with the Italian powerhouse Juventus.
He finished his Real career with 311 goals in 292 matches. He scored 28 goals in his first season with Juventus—his lowest domestic goal total since his last season with Manchester United—as the powerhouse club won its eighth straight Italian league title.
On his home soil, after moving through the youth and under-21 ranks, Ronaldo had made his first appearance for Portugal’s full national team against Kazakhstan in August 2003 (four days after his debut for United).
He was a key player in Portugal’s fourth-place finish at the 2006 World Cup and became the full-time captain of the national team in 2008.
In 2012 his stellar play led Portugal to the semifinals of the European Championship, where his team was eliminated by rival Spain in a match that was decided by a penalty kick shoot-out. Ronaldo came into the 2014 World Cup hot off of his second world player of the year win, but his play at the tournament was spotty, and the entire Portugal team struggled during a group-stage elimination.
In 2016 he helped Portugal win the European Championship, the country’s first major international tournament title, although he only played sparingly in the final because of a knee injury that he had sustained early in the match. Ronaldo played brilliantly at the 2018 World Cup, scoring four goals in four games as Portugal advanced to the knockout round only to lose its first match of that stage to a strong defensive Uruguay side.
Ronaldo was one of the most well-known sports stars off the field, and numerous studies of athletes’ popularity showed that he was the most-beloved athlete in the world during his playing peak. His extreme popularity made Ronaldo one of the highest-paid endorsers in sports history, and in November 2016 he became the third person (after basketball superstars Michael Jordan and LeBron James) to earn a “lifetime” contract from the sportswear company Nike.
Moreover, he established his own successful “CR7” brand of products that included shoes, underwear, and fragrances. Ronaldo’s immense marketability was at the centre of a legal issue that arose in June 2017.
That month prosecutors filed a lawsuit that accused Ronaldo of defrauding the Spanish government of €14.7 million ($16.5 million) by hiding his image-rights income in Spain from 2011 to 2014.
He was accused of having underestimated the income he earned from the sale and licensing of his image rights and the accompanying tax obligations, but Ronaldo denied all allegations. However, in June 2018 he accepted a suspended two-year prison sentence and agreed to pay €18.8 million ($21.8 million) to the Spanish government to settle the case.
4. List of career achievements by Cristiano Ronaldo
Over the course of his career, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has received five Ballon d'Or/FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, the most for a European player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time,
Ronaldo holds the record for most goals and assists in the UEFA Champions League (134 and 42 respectively), and the record for most goals in the UEFA European Championship (9), its qualification stage (31), and the FIFA Club World Cup (7), as well as most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League season (17). He has scored a record 777 senior career goals for club and country.
Moreover, he is one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,000 professional career appearances.
Collectively, Ronaldo has won 31 senior trophies in his career. He has also attained one title from youth and 18 titles from friendly competitions. All in all he had won over 300 trophies and medals by January 2021, with some of them dating back to his childhood.
5. 5 Powerful Life Lessons to Learn From Cristiano Ronaldo There have been tons of tremendous players throughout football’s rich and storied history. All of them have cemented their club and country. But when it comes to the best of the best, there are no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo will go down as one of the best players of all time.
His accolades speak for themselves. Wherever he goes, trophies follow. From his time at Manchester United, Real Madrid to his second year at Italian giants Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved what no other player in football history has, and that is to win league titles in all three top European clubs.
Hundreds of football players have shown how capable they are. However, their form is usually not the same after a few seasons. Long term form sustenance is very rare to see; however, Ronaldo has it in abundance. Some people claim good genetics, and being God gifted are the reasons behind this. But his teammates, coaches, friends, and family argue otherwise. They credit his success to a powerful mindset.
If you are wondering what runs inside the mind of this elite football player, look no further as mentioned below are five powerful life lessons that you can learn from Cristiano Ronaldo.
1. Knowing Priorities
Cristiano Ronaldo knew what he wanted to be since his childhood. He visualized becoming the best footballer in the world and worked every day of his life to make that vision a reality. Ronaldo knew what he had to do to climb the ladder to success. The results he achieved are all in front of us.
2. Always be Competitive
Becoming victorious in life seems like a big deal to some, not for Cristiano Ronaldo though. The only thing that separates him from others is his competitive edge. You can see how competitive Ronaldo is by looking at his face after he misses a goal or loses a game. His disappointment is clearly evident. However, he turns this negative to his strength by training even harder and bouncing back with better performances.
3. Healthy and Fit Lifestyle
Personal health and wellness go hand in hand with success. The better you take care of yourself, the better you will perform. It is clearly evident that Ronaldo has an extremely fit and healthy lifestyle. He schedules his routines and diet in advance, and in case there are any disturbances, he makes positive adjustments to them.
4. Ignoring the Naysayers
Cristiano Ronaldo had as many haters as he had fans at the beginning of his career. He could have easily crumbled under their pressure and lost his winning edge. But his ability to ignore and persevere is what got him the accolades he has achieved throughout his career.