Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on 5 February 1985 in Madeira, Portugal. He plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. Commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo or CR7, he is regarded as one of the best players of this generation.
He has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or five times, equalled only by rival Lionel Messi. Known for his pace and physicality, Ronaldo plays on the left wing, but can play as a striker as well. The Portuguese international has scored 555 goals from 749 club appearances till date.
Born in the Funchal district of Sao Pedro, Ronaldo started playing football with local club Andorinha FC at the age of 7.
He signed with the youth side of first division team Sporting CP in 1997. He was diagnosed with racing heart condition which could have halted his footballing career when he was 15.
After a successful surgery, he was able to play again and was promoted to the senior team at the age of 16. He became the first player to play for the U16, U17, U18, the B team and first team of the club in one season.
Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga against Moreirense on 7 October 2002. He scored a brace with Sporting winning 3-0. He made 25 appearances and scored five goals for the club in the 2002-03 season.
In a friendly match between Sporting and Manchester United in August 2003, Ronaldo contributed greatly to help the Portuguese club defeat United 3-1. He impressed manager Sir Alex Ferguson and other United players with his pace and dribbling skills.
Ronaldo signed with English club Manchester United in 2003 for a transfer fee of £12.24 million, becoming the first Portuguese signing for United and the most expensive teenager in English football history.
He made his debut on 16th August 2003 against Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League, when he came on as a substitute for Nicky Butt. He received a standing ovation as United won 4-0. On November 1 2003, Cristiano scored his first goal for the club with a free kick in a 3-0 win against Portsmouth.
Ronaldo stayed at United for six years, during which he won his first FIFA Ballon d’Or following a stellar 2007-08 season when he scored 42 goals from 49 appearances, winning the league title, the league cup, European Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup all in the same season.
He has scored 118 goals from 292 appearances for Manchester United.
Rise to Glory
Ronaldo joined spanish giants real madrid in the 2009/10 season in a then world record transfer fee of £80 million. He was given the number 9 jersey and made his La Liga debut on 29 August 2009, against Deportivo La Coruna. Madrid won 3–2 and ronaldo converted a penalty. He kept up his form and scored in four consecutive matches.
Even though Madrid failed to win any trophy during the 2009/10 season, Ronaldo scored 33 goals from 35 appearances and finished second in the FIFA World Footballer of the Year. After receiving the number 7 jersey from Raul before the 2010/11 season, ronaldo scored a personal best of 53 goals from 54 appearances, winning the European Golden Shoe for a second time.
The next season ronaldo broke his past record, scoring 60 goals. His domestic performances saw madrid winning the la liga with a record 100 points after four years. He scored 46 goals in the league, scoring against all the other 19 teams throughout the season.
The 2012-13 season saw Ronaldo on the goal trail again, scoring 55 goals from 55 appearances. He won the Spanish Super Cup, and finished as runner up to lionel messi for the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
The 2013-14 season was an important one for Ronaldo as well as madrid, when they won the European Cup for the tenth time (la decima).
Ronaldo scored 69 goals from 59 appearances, his career best. His international performance was impressive as well, with hat-tricks against ireland and sweden.
His performances led him to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy for the second time. His 17 goals in the Champions League made him top scorer for the third consecutive year, and he won the UEFA Best Player Award.
In the season 2014-15, ronaldo won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, scoring a career best total of 61 goals from 54 appearances. He also won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the third time. He finished the Champions League with 10 goals, shared with barcelona duo Messi and Neymar. He also won the Pichichi trophy and UEFA Best Player in Europe award for a second time.
Real Madrid won the Champions league for the 11th time during the 2015-16 season, completing La Undecima, with Ronaldo becoming the all-time top scorer of the competition.
He became the all time top scorer for real madrid in the same year, finishing the season with 51 goals from 48 appearances.