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Biography

Cristiano Ronaldo

Personal information
Name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Date of birth 5 February 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team Real Madrid
Number 7
Youth career
1992–1995 Andorinha
1995–1997 Nacional
1997–2002 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Sporting CP B 2 0
2002–2003 Sporting CP 25 -3
2003–2009 Manchester United 196 -84
2009– Real Madrid 258 -279
National team
2001 Portugal U15 9 -7
2001–2002 Portugal U17 7 -5
2003 Portugal U20 5 -1
2002–2003 Portugal U21 10 -3
2004 Portugal U23 3 -2
2003– Portugal 136 -68
Honours[show]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 March 2017.

National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2016

 

About

Ronaldo was born in Santo António, a neighbourhood of Funchal, Madeira, the youngest child of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, a cook, and José Dinis Aveiro, a municipal gardener. His second given name, “Ronaldo”, was chosen after then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan, who was his father’s favourite actor. He has one older brother, Hugo, and two older sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia. His great-grandmother Isabel da Piedade was from Cape Verde. The family was staunchly Catholic. Ronaldo later said that he grew up in poverty, sharing a room with his brother and sisters. As a child, Ronaldo played for amateur team Andorinha, where his father was the kit man, and later spent two years with local club Nacional. In 1997, aged 12, he went on a three-day trial with Sporting CP, who signed him for a fee of £1,500. He subsequently moved to Alcochete, near Lisbon, to join Sporting’s other youth players at the club’s football academy.By age 14, Ronaldo believed he had the ability to play semi-professionally, and agreed with his mother to cease his education in order to focus entirely on football. While popular with other students at school, he had been expelled after throwing a chair at his teacher, who he said had “disrespected” him. A year later, however, he was diagnosed with a racing heart, a condition that could have forced him to give up playing football. He underwent an operation in which a laser was used to cauterise the affected area of his heart; discharged from hospital hours after the procedure, he resumed training only a few days later.

 

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