He has scored over senior career goals for club and country. Born and raised on the Portuguese island of Madeira , Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart at age He underwent an operation to treat his condition, and began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP , before signing with Manchester United at age 18 in A historic third consecutive Champions League followed, making Ronaldo the first player to win the trophy five times.
A Portuguese international, Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation in He scored his first international goal at Euro and helped Portugal reach the final.
He took over full captaincy in July , leading Portugal to their first-ever triumph in a major tournament by winning Euro , and received the Silver Boot as the second-highest goalscorer of the tournament, before becoming the highest European international goalscorer of all-time.
As a child, Ronaldo played for amateur team Andorinha from to ,  where his father was the kit man,  and later spent two years with Nacional.
Initially, United had just planned to sign Ronaldo and then loan him back to Sporting for a year. Ronaldo made his debut in the Premier League in a 4—0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers on 16 August , receiving a standing ovation when he came on as a 60th-minute substitute for Nicky Butt.
At the start of , Ronaldo played two of his best matches of the —05 season , producing a goal and an assist against Aston Villa and scoring twice against rivals Arsenal.
During his third season in England, Ronaldo was involved in several incidents. Although his World Cup altercation with Rooney resulted in Ronaldo being booed throughout the —07 season ,  it proved to be his breakout year, as he broke the goal barrier for the first time and won his first Premier League title.
At the quarter-final stage of the —07 UEFA Champions League , Ronaldo scored his first-ever goals in the competition, finding the net twice in a 7—1 victory over Roma.
Ronaldo scored a total of 42 goals in all competitions during the —08 season , his most prolific campaign during his time in England.
He missed three matches after headbutting a Portsmouth player at the start of the season, an experience he said taught him not to let opponents provoke him.
Ronaldo scored his first and only hat-trick for Manchester United in a 6—0 win against Newcastle United on 12 January , bringing United up to the top of the Premier League table.
In the knockout stage of the Champions League, Ronaldo scored the decisive goal against Lyon , which helped United advance to the quarter-finals 2—1 on aggregate,  and, while playing as a striker, scored with a header in the 3—0 aggregate victory over Roma.
He finished the campaign with 33 goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick in a 4—1 win against Mallorca on 5 May , his first in the Spanish competition.
During the following campaign, the —12 season , Ronaldo surpassed his previous goalscoring feats to achieve a new personal best of 60 goals across all competitions.
Ronaldo found greater team success in the league, as he helped Real Madrid win their first La Liga title in four years, with a record points.
With a goal in each leg by the Portuguese, Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup on away goals following a 4—4 aggregate draw against Barcelona. Following the —13 winter break, Ronaldo captained Real Madrid for the first time in an official match, scoring a brace to lift man Madrid to a 4—3 victory over Real Sociedad on 6 January.
In the first knockout round of the Champions League, Ronaldo faced his former club Manchester United for the first time. Accounting for all competitions, he ended the season with a total of 55 goals.
In the knockout phase of the competition, he scored a brace in each leg of a 9—2 aggregate win against Schalke 04 ,  helping Madrid advance to the quarter-finals.
His goal in a 3—0 home win over Borussia Dortmund—his th Champions League match—took his total for the season to 14 goals, equalling the record Messi had set two years before.
Ronaldo played the final against medical advice, later commenting: In La Liga, where Madrid finished second, Ronaldo went on a prolific goalscoring run towards the very end of the season.
For the first time in his career, he scored five goals in one game, including an eight-minute hat-trick, in a 9—1 rout of Granada on 5 April.
The two goals saw him make history in becoming the first player to reach goals in UEFA club competition. His hat-trick made him the first player to reach 50 goals in the knockout stage of the competition and also the only player that scored back-to-back hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.
On 17 May, Ronaldo overtook Jimmy Greaves as the all-time top scorer in the top five European leagues, scoring a brace against Celta de Vigo.
Having received a yellow card for taking his shirt off during his goal celebration, he was sent off for a second yellow card offence minutes later before he shoved the referee lightly to depict his dissatisfaction.
On 3 April, Ronaldo scored the first two goals in a 3—0 away win against Juventus in the quarter-finals of the —18 UEFA Champions League , with his second goal being an acrobatic bicycle kick.
The transfer was the highest ever for a player over 30 years old,  and the highest ever paid by an Italian club.
Ronaldo made his official debut for Juventus in their opening Serie A match on 18 August, a 3—2 away win over Chievo.
On 16 January , Ronaldo won his first trophy with the club, the Supercoppa Italiana , after he scored from a header in the 61st minute for a 1—0 victory over Milan.
Ronaldo began his international career with Portugal at the European Youth Summer Olympic Festival , debuting in a 3—1 defeat to Finland. At age 18, Ronaldo made his first senior appearance for Portugal in a 1—0 victory over Kazakhstan on 20 August One day after his 22nd birthday, Ronaldo captained Portugal for the first time in a friendly game against Brazil on 6 February ,  as requested by Portuguese Football Federation president Carlos Silva, who had died two days earlier.
Ronaldo scored seven goals in the qualification for Euro , including two strikes against Bosnia in the play-offs, to send Portugal into the tournament, where they were drawn in a " group of death ".
Ronaldo did not take a penalty as he had been slated to take the unused fifth,  a decision that drew criticism. During the qualification for the World Cup , Ronaldo scored a total of eight goals.
A qualifying match on 17 October , a 1—1 draw against Northern Ireland , earned him his th cap. Ronaldo took part in the tournament despite suffering from patellar tendinitis and a related thigh injury,   potentially risking his career.
Ronaldo scored five goals, including a hat-trick against Armenia , in the qualification for Euro After multiple treatments and attempts to play on, he was stretchered off the pitch and replaced by Quaresma.
During extra time, substitute Eder scored in the th minute to earn Portugal a 1—0 victory. He was awarded the Silver Boot as the joint second-highest goalscorer, with three goals and three assists, and was named to the team of the tournament for the third time in his career.
His four goals against a nine-man team marked the highest number of goals he has scored in an international match. With the goal, he tied with Miroslav Klose on 71 goals as the third-highest scoring European in international football.
Ronaldo featured in the final of the three matches in which he made his th international appearance. In doing so, he also became the first Portuguese player to score a goal in four World Cups and one of four players to do so in total.
A versatile attacker , Ronaldo is capable of playing on either wing as well as through the centre of the pitch,  and, while ostensibly right-footed, is very strong with both feet.
While at Sporting and during his first season at Manchester United, he was typically deployed as a traditional winger on the right side of midfield, where he regularly looked to deliver crosses into the penalty area.
In this position, he was able to use his pace and acceleration, agility, and technical skills to take on opponents in one-on-one situations.
As Ronaldo matured, he underwent a major physical transformation, developing a muscular body type that allows him to retain possession of the ball, and strong legs that make up for an outstanding jumping ability.
These attributes allow him to function as a target-man, and makes him an aerial goal threat in the penalty area; consequently, many of his goals have been headers.
He also increasingly played a creative role for his team, often dropping deep to pick up the ball, participate in the build-up of plays, and create chances for his teammates, courtesy of his good vision and passing ability.
In his final seasons at United, Ronaldo played an even more attacking and central role, functioning both as a striker and as a supporting forward , or even as an attacking midfielder on occasion.
He brought in a more dynamic showmanship. He places the ball down, the concentration level is high, he takes his certain amount of steps back so that his standing foot is in the perfect place to hit the ball in the sweet spot.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo announced on Sunday that he had become a father for the fourth time after girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to a baby girl, Alana Martina.
The year-old Real Madrid star is now a father to two sons and a daughter. Ronaldo is seen as likely to leave Spain despite winning the Champions League for a second season in a row with Real following accusations of tax fraud in the country.
Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Ronaldo is a practicing Roman Catholic. I never could have imagined that I would be a hotelier at the age of 31," said Ronaldo.
Ronaldo also said he is not going to move anywhere else and that he was happy at Madrid. Mata feels that the respect, admiration that people have for Cristiano in Manchester is incredible.
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