Cristiano Ronaldo

About Cristiano Ronaldo

“Cristiano Ronaldo” dos Santos Aveiro was born February 5, 1985, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.

He began his professional career at Sporting Lisbon, where he played for the club’s youth teams before making his debut for the first team in 2002.

After a successful season with Sporting, the attention of Europe’s biggest football clubs beckoned, and Ronaldo signed with Manchester United in 2003. After a slow start, Ronaldo blossomed, and in 2007–08, he scored 42 goals and earned the Golden Boot. 

After helping United to a Champions League title in 2008, Ronaldo captured FIFA World Player of the Year. 

Ronaldo was sold to Spain’s Real Madrid for £80 million in 2009. In 2011–12, he helped Madrid capture La Liga and scored a personal-best 46 goals during the league season. 

He earned his second World Player of the Year award in 2013, and in 2014, led Madrid to a Champions League title, which resulted in him capturing another Ballon d’Or award for that year. Ronaldo netted his 324th goal as a member of Real in 2015 to become the club’s all-time leading goal scorer. Real won its record 11th Champions League title the following year and he won a fourth career Ballon d’Or for his accomplishments. 

In the 2016–17 season, Ronaldo won La Liga and the Champions League yet again, which resulted in a fifth career Ballon d’Or award. Real won a third straight Champions League title in 17-18. He finished his Real career with 311 goals in 292 matches. 

The Portugues international then signed for Juventus for €112 million and won his first Serie A title in the first year.

Ronaldo made his first appearance for Portugal’s full national team against Kazakhstan in 2003, and in 2008, he became captain. He helped Portugal win the European Championship in 2016, the country’s first major international tournament title.