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Cristiano Ronaldo profile and biography

Cristiano Ronaldo profile

Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro


Birth date: February 5, 1985
Birthplace: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height: 186.5 cm
Playing position: Left/right winger, striker
First club: Sporting Lisbon
Career debut: 1999 vs Moreirense
Current club: Real Madrid
International team: Portugal
Int’l debut: August 20, 2003 vs Kazakhstan

Cristiano Ronaldo biography

Ronaldo started playing competitive football for amateur club Andorinha when he was
just eight years old, and then for local team CD Nacional when he was 10. He moved to
Sporting CP, one of Portugal’s largest football clubs in 1996.

Ronaldo trained in the youth team before making his senior debut in 1999 against
Moreirense in which he scored a brace. He made his European debut in a Champions
League qualifier against Inter.

Ronaldo first gained international attention when he played for Portugal’s youth team in
UEFA U-17 Championships.

Liverpool, under manager Gérard Houllier back then, was reported to have interest in
signing Ronaldo. It was also revealed later that Arsenal was closed to signing him before
his move to Manchester Utd in 2003.

Ronaldo’s signature came after Sporting defeated United 3–1 in a pre-season friendly.
The United players spoke enthusiastically about the winger on their way home, and
suggested manager Alex Ferguson to sign the player up, which he did for a price of
£12.24 million.

Ronaldo made a memorable debut for United as a substitute against Bolton; his 30
minutes performances created hype with United fans and the English media with his
dazzling dribbles. He scored his first goal for the club with a free kick in a 3–0 win over
Portsmouth in November.

Despite promising starts, his first two seasons at the club received mixed reviews. He’s
being praised for his technique and skill, but often criticised for lack of consistency and
poor decision making on the field.

Ronaldo made his senior debut for Portugal shortly after being signed by United in a
match against Kazakhstan in August 2003. A controversy broke out in World Cup 2006
where Ronaldo was alleged to influence the referee to send off his United team mate and
England striker Wayne Rooney in their quarter finals clash.

Ronaldo was being used as the scapegoat for England’s defeat in the World Cup and the
hatred towards him had prompted his intention to leave England and United. In the end
United managed to keep him, and Ronaldo had a great season in the Premiership against
all odds.

Ronaldo won both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year Award in 2007; he’s
also voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association; and was the top 3
finalists for both the FIFA World Player of the Year and European Player of the Year
awards in 2007.

Ronaldo continued his fine form in the 2007/2008 season, netted in 42 goals in all
competition (31 in Premier League), and was again voted as the PFA Player of The Year
and Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year.

His performance contributed to United’s double for the season; winning the Premiership
in succession as well as bringing home the UEFA Champions League trophy, in which he
scored a goal in the final.

Ronaldo was crowned as both the FIFA World Player of the Year and European Player of
the Year in 2008.

Ronaldo scored 26 goals in the 2008/09 season, helping United to another Premiership
title, and again reached the final of the Champions League in which they lost to
Barcelona.

Ronaldo became the world’s most expensive football player following his move from
Manchester United to Real Madrid in July 2009 in a £80 million transfer. He was
welcome by 80,000 fans in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium during his official
presentation.
Ronaldo’s Real Madrid career started well and was in untouchable form until his injury in
October. He recovered his form soon after and scored 33 goals in his first season for
Real, but couldn’t help the club to win any trophies.

Ronaldo captained his national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but they were
eliminated at last 16.