Cristiano Ronaldo: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese footballer (soccer player).

  • Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Portugal, on 5th February 1985.
  • He is 6′ 1″ tall (1.86 metres).
  • His full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro.
  • He has played for several different football clubs, including: Andorinha (Portugal), Nacional (Portugal), Sporting CP (Portugal), Manchester United (England), Real Madrid (Spain).
  • Real Madrid paid Manchester United £80 million for Ronaldo in 2009.
  • Ronlado scored a goal in each of his first four La Liga games. He is the only person to have done this.
  • In 2010-11 season, he became the first player to score more than 40 La Liga goals in one season. He repeated this feat in the 2011-12 season by scoring 46 league goals, and 60 in all competitions.
  • From 2009-2013, Ronaldo averaged more than 1 goal per game, making him on of the most prolific goalscorers to ever play the game.
  • Ronaldo made his international debut in 2003, and he scored his first goal for Portugal in 2004 against Greece. He has since scored more than 35 goals for his country, and he’s captained them on  many occasions.
  • Ronaldo was reluctant to wear the number 7 shirt when he joined Manchester United because it had previously been worn by great players such as, George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Alex Ferguson convinced him to make the number his own. Ronaldo also wears the number 7 shirt for Real Madrid and Portugal.
  • Ronaldo has won many individual and team honours. He is often described as an all-time great player and, had he not been playing in the same era as Lionel Messi, he would be a unanimous choice of best player of his generation.
  • Ronaldo is a brilliant dribbler, is incredibly fast and he has great reactions and co-ordination. He doesn’t have any weaknesses in terms of his forward play. He can score with both feet, is a very good header of the ball and is an exceptionally accurate free kick and penalty taker.

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