Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, Order of Infante D. Henrique
(; born 5 February 1985)
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Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, Order of Infante D. Henrique (; born 5 February 1985)
Ronaldo began Cristiano Ronaldo career as a youth player at C.D. Nacional and Cristiano Ronaldo successes with the team led to a move to Sporting Clube de Portugal two seasons afterwards. Ronaldo's precocious talent caught the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo signed the 18-year-old for £12.24 million in 2003. The following season, Ronaldo won Cristiano Ronaldo first club honour, the FA Cup, and reached the UEFA Euro 2004 final with Portugal, in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored Cristiano Ronaldo first international goal.
In 2008, Ronaldo won Cristiano Ronaldo first UEFA Champions League title, and was named the final's man of the match. Cristiano Ronaldo was named the FIFPro World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Player of the Year, in addition to becoming Manchester United's first Ballon d'Or winner in 40 years.
Three-time Ballon d'Or winner Johan Cruyff said in an interview on 2 April 2008, "Ronaldo is better than George Best and Denis Law, who were two brilliant and great players in the history of United."
Early lifeCristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on 5 February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, the youngest child of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Dinis Aveiro. Cristiano Ronaldo second given name, "Ronaldo," was chosen after then-President of the United States Ronald Reagan, who was Cristiano Ronaldo father's favourite actor. Cristiano Ronaldo has one older brother, Hugo, and two older sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia.
Early careerRonaldo's favourite boyhood team was S.L. Benfica. At the age of eight, Cristiano Ronaldo played for amateur team C.F. Andorinha, where Cristiano Ronaldo father was the kit man. In 1995, Ronaldo signed with local club C.D. Nacional, and, after a title-winning campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo went on a three-day trial with Sporting Clube de Portugal, who subsequently signed Cristiano Ronaldo for an undisclosed sum.
Sporting CPRonaldo joined Sporting's other youth players who trained at the Alcochete, the club's football academy. Cristiano Ronaldo became the only player ever to play for Sporting's U-16, U-17, U-18, B-team, and first team, all within one season. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in Cristiano Ronaldo Sporting debut against Moreirense F.C., while featuring for Portugal in the UEFA Under 17 Championships.
When Cristiano Ronaldo was 15, Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart, a condition that might have forced Cristiano Ronaldo to give up playing football. The Sporting staff were made aware of the condition and Ronaldo's mother gave her authorisation for Cristiano Ronaldo to go into hospital. While there, Cristiano Ronaldo had an operation in which a laser was used to cauterise the area of Cristiano Ronaldo heart that was causing the problem. The surgery took place in the morning and Ronaldo was discharged from hospital by the end of the afternoon; Cristiano Ronaldo resumed training only a few days later.
Cristiano Ronaldo was first spotted by then-Liverpool F.C. manager Gérard Houllier at 16, but Liverpool declined to take Cristiano Ronaldo on because they decided Cristiano Ronaldo was too young and needed some time to develop Cristiano Ronaldo skills. However, Cristiano Ronaldo came to the attention of Manchester United F.C. manager Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2003, when Sporting defeated United 3–1 in the inauguration of the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. Ronaldo's performance impressed the Manchester United players, who urged Ferguson to sign him.
2003–2005Ronaldo became Manchester United F.C.'s first-ever Portuguese player when Cristiano Ronaldo signed for £12.24 million after the FA Premier League 2002–03. Cristiano Ronaldo requested the number 28 (his number at Sporting), as Cristiano Ronaldo did not want the pressure of living up to the expectation linked to the number 7 shirt, which had previously been worn by players such as George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham. "After I joined, the manager asked me what number I'd like. I said 28. But Ferguson said 'No, you're going to have No. 7,' and the famous shirt was an extra source of motivation. I was forced to live up to such an honour."
Ronaldo made Cristiano Ronaldo team debut as a 60th-minute substitute in a 4-0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Cristiano Ronaldo scored Cristiano Ronaldo first goal for Manchester United with a free kick in a 3–0 win over Portsmouth F.C. on 1 November 2003. Cristiano Ronaldo scored United's thousandth Premier League goal on 29 October 2005 in a 4–1 loss to Middlesbrough F.C.. Cristiano Ronaldo scored ten goals in all competitions, and fans voted Cristiano Ronaldo to Cristiano Ronaldo first FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year award in 2005.
2006–2007In November and December 2006, Ronaldo received consecutive FA Premier League Player of the Month honours, becoming only the third player in Premier League history to do so after Dennis Bergkamp in 1997 and Robbie Fowler in 1996. Cristiano Ronaldo scored Cristiano Ronaldo fiftieth career Manchester United goal against city rivals Manchester City F.C. as United claimed their first Premier League title in four years, and Cristiano Ronaldo was voted into Cristiano Ronaldo second consecutive FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year award at the end of the year.
Despite rumours circulating in March 2007 that Real Madrid C.F. were willing to pay an unprecedented €80 million (£54 million) for Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo signed a five-year, £120,000-a-week (£31 million total) extension with United on 13 April, making Cristiano Ronaldo the highest-paid player in team history.
Ronaldo was involved in several diving incidents during the FA Premier League 2006-07 campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo was criticised by manager Gareth Southgate for diving in a December 2006 match against Middlesbrough. On 4 February 2007, Ronaldo was again accused of diving in a match against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. when Cristiano Ronaldo won a penalty kick despite little contact from Tottenham winger Steed Malbranque. Despite the controversies, Ronaldo nonetheless amassed a host of personal awards for the season. Cristiano Ronaldo won the PFA Players' Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards, joining Andy Gray (commentator) (in 1976–77 in English football) as the only players to receive this honour. In April, Cristiano Ronaldo completed the treble by winning the PFA Fans' Player of the Year. Ronaldo was also one of seven Manchester United players named in the 2006–07 PFA Team of the Year.
2007–2008Ronaldo's Premier League 2007–08 season began with a penalty card for a headbutt of Portsmouth F.C. player Richard Hughes (footballer) during United's second match of the season, for which Cristiano Ronaldo was punished with a three-match ban. Ronaldo said Cristiano Ronaldo had "learned a lot" from the experience and would not let players "provoke" Cristiano Ronaldo in the future. After scoring the only goal in a Champions League away match against Sporting, Ronaldo also scored the injury-time winner in the return fixture as Manchester United topped their Champions League group.
Cristiano Ronaldo finished as the runner-up to Kaká for the 2007 European Footballer of the Year, and was third in the running for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, behind Kaká and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo scored Cristiano Ronaldo first hat trick for Manchester United in a 6–0 win against Newcastle United F.C. at Old Trafford on 12 January 2008, bringing Manchester United up to the top of the Premier League table. Cristiano Ronaldo scored Cristiano Ronaldo twenty-third league goal of the season in a 2–0 win against Reading Football Club, equalling Cristiano Ronaldo entire total for the 2006–07 season. During a 1–1 Champions League first knockout round draw against Olympique Lyonnais on 20 February, an unidentified Lyon supporter continuously aimed a green laser at Ronaldo and United teammate Nani (footballer), prompting an investigation by UEFA. One month later, Lyon were fined Swiss franc5,000 (£2,427) for the incident.
On 19 March 2008, Ronaldo captained the United for the first time in Cristiano Ronaldo career in a home win over Bolton, scoring both goals in the 2–0 victory. The second of the goals was Cristiano Ronaldo 33rd of the campaign, which set a new club single-season scoring record by a midfielder and thus topped George Best's forty-year-old total of 32 goals in the 1967–68 season. Ronaldo scored another brace in a 4–0 win over Aston Villa on 29 March, which at the time gave Cristiano Ronaldo 35 goals in 37 domestic and European matches as both a starter and substitute. Ronaldo's torrid scoring streak was rewarded with Cristiano Ronaldo becoming the first winger to win the 2007–08 European Golden Shoe, finishing eight points ahead of RCD Mallorca's Dani Güiza.
In the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final on 21 May against league rivals Chelsea F.C., Ronaldo scored the opening goal after 26 minutes, which was negated by a Chelsea equaliser in the 45th minute as the match ended 1–1 after extra time. Cristiano Ronaldo misfire in the penalty shoot-out put Chelsea in position to win the trophy, but John Terry shot wide right after slipping on the pitch surface, and Manchester United emerged victorious 6–5 on penalties. Ronaldo was named the UEFA Fans' Man of the Match, and wrapped up the campaign with a career-high 42 goals in all competitions, falling just four short of Denis Law's team-record mark of 46 in the 1963–64 season.
2008–presentOn 5 June 2008, Sky Sports reported that Ronaldo had expressed an interest in moving to Real Madrid C.F. if they offered Cristiano Ronaldo the same amount of money the team had allegedly promised Cristiano Ronaldo earlier in the year. Manchester United filed a tampering complaint with FIFA on 9 June over Madrid's alleged pursuit of Ronaldo, but FIFA declined to take any action. Speculation that a transfer would happen continued until 6 August, when Ronaldo confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo would stay at Manchester for at least another year.
Ronaldo underwent ankle surgery at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam on 7 July. Cristiano Ronaldo returned to action on 17 September in United's UEFA Champions League 2008–09 goalless group-stage draw with Villarreal CF as a substitute for Park Ji-Sung, and scored Cristiano Ronaldo first overall goal of the season in a 3–1 Football League Cup third round win over Middlesbrough on 24 September.
In a 5–0 win over Stoke City F.C. on 15 November 2008, Ronaldo scored Cristiano Ronaldo 100th and 101st goals in all competitions for Manchester United, both from free kicks. The goals also meant that Ronaldo had now scored against each of the other 19 teams in the Premier League at the time. On 2 December, Ronaldo became Manchester United's first Ballon d'Or 2008 recipient since George Best in Ballon d'Or 1968. Cristiano Ronaldo finished with 446 points, 165 ahead of runner-up Lionel Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Silver Ball after finishing with two goals as United won the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup on 19 December.
On 8 January 2009, Ronaldo was uninjured in a single-car accident in which Cristiano Ronaldo totaled Cristiano Ronaldo Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano in a tunnel along the A538 road near Manchester Airport. A breathalyzer test Cristiano Ronaldo gave to police officers at the scene was negative, and Cristiano Ronaldo attended training later that morning. Four days later, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first Premier League player ever to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year, in addition to being the first Portuguese player to win the award since Luís Figo in 2001.
Ronaldo scored Cristiano Ronaldo first Champions League goal of the season, and first since the final against Chelsea, in a 2–0 victory over F.C. Internazionale Milano that sent United into the quarter-finals. In the second leg against F.C. Porto, Ronaldo scored a 40-yard game-winning goal as United advanced to the semi-finals. Cristiano Ronaldo later called it the best goal Cristiano Ronaldo had ever scored. Ronaldo participated in Cristiano Ronaldo second consecutive 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, but made little impact in United's 2–0 loss to Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo finished with 53 appearances in all competitions, which was four higher than the previous year, but scored sixteen fewer goals (26) than Cristiano Ronaldo career-best total of 42 from the previous season.
On 11 June, Manchester United accepted an unconditional offer of £80 million from Real Madrid for Ronaldo after it was revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo again had expressed Cristiano Ronaldo desire to leave the club. It was confirmed by a representative of the Glazer family that the sale was fully condoned by Ferguson.
International careerRonaldo earned Cristiano Ronaldo first cap for Portugal in a 1-0 victory against Kazakhstan national football team in August 2003. Cristiano Ronaldo was called up for UEFA Euro 2004, scoring in a 2-1 group stage loss to eventual champions Greece national football team and in a 2-1 semifinal win over the Netherlands national football team. Cristiano Ronaldo was named in the team of the tournament despite finishing with only two goals. That same year, Cristiano Ronaldo also represented Portugal at the Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
2006 World CupRonaldo was the second-highest scorer in FIFA World Cup qualification in the European zone with seven goals, and scored Cristiano Ronaldo first and only 2006 FIFA World Cup goal against Iran national football team with a penalty kick.
During a 2006 FIFA World Cup Quarter-finals against England national football team on 1 July 2006, Ronaldo's United teammate Wayne Rooney was sent off for stomping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho. The English media speculated that Ronaldo had influenced referee Horacio Elizondo's decision by aggressively complaining, after which Cristiano Ronaldo was seen in replays winking at the Portuguese bench following Rooney's dismissal. After the match, Ronaldo insisted that Rooney was a friend and that Cristiano Ronaldo was not pushing for Rooney to be sent off. On 4 July, Elizondo clarified that the red card was due to Rooney's infraction and not the fracas between Rooney and Ronaldo that followed.
The angry reaction from the English press caused Ronaldo to consider leaving United, and Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly told Spanish sports daily Marca that Cristiano Ronaldo wished to move to Real Madrid. In response to the speculation, Ferguson sent Portuguese assistant manager Carlos Queiroz to speak to Ronaldo in attempt to change Cristiano Ronaldo mind, a sentiment that was shared by Rooney. Ronaldo stayed, and signed Cristiano Ronaldo new five-year extension in April 2007.
Ronaldo was booed during Portugal's semifinal defeat to France, and missed out on the competition's Best Young Player award due to a negative e-mail campaign from England fans. Though the online vote only affected the nomination process, FIFA's Technical Study Group awarded the honor to Germany national football team's Lukas Podolski, citing Ronaldo's behaviour as a factor in the decision.
Post-World CupOne day after Cristiano Ronaldo twenty-second birthday, Ronaldo captained Portugal for the first time in a friendly against Brazil national football team on 6 February 2007. This move was in honour of Portuguese Football Federation president Carlos Silva, who had died two days earlier. Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari explained, "Mr. Silva asked me to make Ronaldo captain as a gesture... Cristiano Ronaldo is too young to be captain, but Mr. Silva asked me, and now Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer with us."
Ronaldo scored eight goals in Portugal's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, but finished with only one goal in the tournament as Portugal were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Germany_national_football_team. Since the appointment of new Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, Ronaldo has been named the new captain of the squad.