Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional football player whose skill on the pitch is nothing but awe-inspiring. The football club, “Manchester United” was where he first rose to fame before moving to Real Madrid and later to Juventus where he continued his winning streak for himself and his club. Now he has a total of five Ballon d’Or awards (for the player of the year) under his kitty; nevertheless, he still works hard like he hasn’t achieved much.
One interesting thing, however, is the constant comparison of football pundits and fans alike over who the G.O.AT (Greatest Of All Time) is, between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. One thing is for sure, Cristiano Ronaldo is a truly a gifted player who has built his reputation and fame through sheer hard work and just a little bit of luck. More details below.
Who is Cristiano Ronaldo?
Christened Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro at birth in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal on the 5th of February 1985, the star was born to Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Diniz Aveiro. Cristiano has three older siblings, two elder sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátiaan and an elder brother whose name is Hugo. It is interesting to note that Cristiano’s name was given by his father out of admiration for former US-president, Ronald Reagan.
His childhood was a little tough because he grew up in an impoverished home where he has to share a room with his 3 siblings. He, however, found happiness in the game of football. From 1992 to 1995, he was signed up with Andorinha, an amateur football team where his father was a kit man and later played for two years with another team called, “Nacional.”
When he was 12 years old, he was signed for a fee of £1,500 after a three day trial with Sporting CP. He was then sent to join other signed youths like him in Sporting’s football academy in Alcochete close to Lisbon. At 14 years of age, he convinced his mother to let him quit school in order to focus on playing semi-professional football solely.
Professional Football Journey
His determination and magnificent talents soon paid off as he was scouted and signed by the heavyweight club, Manchester United before the 2003–04 season at just 16 years of age. The football club paid a £12 million record fee to sign him making this the highest signing of a teenager in English football’s history.
This move by Manchester United proved a great deal as the young star didn’t disappoint with a performance fit for the history books all through his time with the club; more so, they had three premier league titles to boast of at the time. While with Manchester, Ronaldo scored 42 goals and earned himself the title of FIFA World Player of the Year honor in 2008.
Real Madrid And Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo was later signed for a record $131 million by the Spanish soccer club Real Madrid, ahead of the 2009–10 season. While with this club, he went on to achieve accolades for himself as well as the club. He currently has a record 399 goals scored, four Ballon d’Or awards, two LaLiga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, two Supercopa de Espana trophies, three Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, and four Champions League trophies. In July 2018, after the Portugal national team lead by him failed to reach the finals of the world cup, it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo had been working on changing camp and would finally be leaving Real Madrid for the Italian Serie A club, Juventus. For his transfer, Juventus settled for a $140 million transfer for the star and he would be earning an estimated $35 million per year with the club.
His Salary And Net Worth
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the highest paid football players in recent times and this is not much of a surprise because he delivers in every sense of the word. It is on record according to Forbes Magazine, that Cristiano Ronaldo earned a whopping $93 million in 2017. This figure constitutes bonuses he received as well as his salary as a Real Madrid player which is in the tune of $58 million. This earning power did well to put Ronaldo at the top making him not only the highest paid soccer player but also the highest paid sportsperson (in 2017) as well as the highest-paid professional athlete of 2017 for the fourth year in a row. Throughout his career to his recent signing with Juventus ($35 million per year), Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated to be well over $400 million.
Is He Gay?
There have been rumors of the star’s sexuality in recent times given the reports that he jets out three times a week to see his friend Badr Hari in Morocco. On one of such trips, he posted some pictures that went viral. In one picture, he was being carried by Badr and the photo was captioned “Just Married. This, of course, raised eyebrows and got the social media buzzing. Nevertheless, the star who has dated a hand full of hot women in the past hasn’t come forward to announce that he is gay. In one interview when he was asked if the gay rumor affects him, he replied saying that he is very comfortable being a straight male and therefore is not bothered by such rumors.
Personal Life – Wife, Son, Girlfriend, And Affairs
Cristiano Ronaldo has never been married nevertheless, he became a father quite early at the age of 25 years. He is the proud father of Cristiano Jnr. his first who was born in 2010, as a result of a one night stand he had with an undisclosed woman. Till date, Cristiano has not revealed the identity of his son’s mother. That notwithstanding, it was gathered that a settlement was made to her in order to keep her identity away from the public.
Though he dated many beautiful women in the past one prominent relationship of his that was quite popular was that of himself and Russian model, Irina Shayk. Their relationship lasted for five years before they called it quits in 2015. After the breakup, he began dating the gorgeous Georgina Rodríguez. With her, he welcomed twin children, a boy, and a girl via a surrogate mother in June 2017. Their names are “Mateo and Eva Maria.” Five months later, Ronaldo’s and his girlfriend, Georgina, welcomed a baby girl whom they named, Alana Martina. Now, Cristiano Ronaldo is the proud father of four adorable kids and plans to walk down the aisle real soon.