Cristiano Ronaldo Facts

Author Gordon Flood
Author Gordon Flood

 February 05, 1985 is the day that Cristiano Ronaldo was born. You may have heard his name in the press often enough. You may think of him as a very lucky guy due to the fact that he secured a deal with the Real Madrid worth (USD) $132 million. Yet there is a great deal of effort that this winger and forward has put into it. All of that had earned him that prestige along with that fat paycheck!

 He also is a captain for the Portuguese National team that he plays on. Being the highest paid play in the history of the league can come with a great deal of pressure. Yet he is up for the challenge of proving he has what it takes and that he is worth every dollar that they pay him. Some would be very nervous about such a standard to live up to but this is one man that doesn’t let anything get under his skin.

Author Fanny Schertzer
Author Fanny Schertzer

 There are many significant points in the history of football where you will see the name of Ronaldo attached. For example he was the very first recipient of the FIFA Puskas award. This is one that is given to the player that has the best overall goal of a season. If you haven’t been able to see the one he made during a championship quarter final game you have to go hunt online for a video of it. That 40 yard success is something that he makes look so easy!

This was a great goal and one that really got the press, fans, and teams looking at Ronaldo. Some would say it was a fluke but they were soon learning that he was the real deal. It was only the beginning of one after another impressive game for him to be involved with. He is very consistent on the field and that shows he has the discipline and self control to manage the game from any direction.

 There are many significant points in the history of football where you will see the name of Ronaldo attached. For example he was the very first recipient of the FIFA Puskas award. This is one that is given to the player that has the best overall goal of a season. If you haven’t been able to see the one he made during a championship quarter final game you have to go hunt online for a video of it. That 40 yard success is something that he makes look so easy!

This was a great goal and one that really got the press, fans, and teams looking at Ronaldo. Some would say it was a fluke but they were soon learning that he was the real deal. It was only the beginning of one after another impressive game for him to be involved with. He is very consistent on the field and that shows he has the discipline and self control to manage the game from any direction.

After only 2 years of play in the youth Manchester saw the value of what Ronaldo had to offer them. They offered him a generous contract when he was barely 18 years old. They were very happy with that choice too because the first time he played the FIFA Cup with them he helped them to be victorious.

That game was also another historical one for him. He was credited with his first goal made in an International game. Few that watch this sport were surprised when Ronaldo was named the player of the year in 2008. He was on a very good starting that year as he also won the FIFA World Player of the Year.

 So many people were worried that he wouldn’t be able to crack under the pressure. However, he showed them that he had the discipline to go along with the talent. He never allowed the awards or the media to distract  him from giving the best performance that he could out there on the field.

Another great award that he won was the Ballon D’OR. He was still with Manchester at this time. The fact that none of their players had won that award in more than 40 years made it very glorious for all of them. While the spotlight for winning was on Ronaldo, he wanted to include all of his team in the spectacle.

 He used that period of time to tell the world some very important things about him and the game of football. He shared that he was introduced to the game when he was 8 years old. He immediately loved it and everyone told him he was good at it. He enjoyed the amateur teams and made great friends. He also worked as hard as he could to be the best player on the field.

He also recalls that the game gave him plenty of time to spend with his father who also loved the game. His dad was one of the coaches for the younger leagues so that allowed them to be together. His father was supportive, offered advice, and helped him to keep things in perspective. Even at a young age he was ready for the media and the life of being a player that others were keeping an eye on.

 One of the best memories that Ronaldo has of his awards though stems from being accepted in the league at a young age. He is one of the first for the Portuguese heritage and that touches a very special place for him and his family. He also loved the game when he was younger and was #28.

This was for the 2002 to 2003 season yet the organization had other plans. They wanted him to take the valuable #7 jersey. There have been so many great players in the history of the league that wore it. While he was awestruck by the idea he didn’t want it. He wanted to create his own path and not ride on the shoulders of others. Yet the organization continued and finally he agreed to be #7.

Author Jan S0L0
Author Jan S0L0

 Looking back on the situation though he does believe it gave him encouragement, motivation, and a desire to prove that he could be someone that was deserving of that number. This is one player that is extremely adaptable to the needs of his team and to what is going on during the play for any given game. That flexibility has made him one of the best players out there.

That is part of why Real Madrid set their plan into motion to get Ronaldo on their team. They finished the negotiation process in June of 2009. The offer on the table is the highest any player has ever been given. It also is for a span of 6 years but there will be an extension of that if he continues to play up to their requirements. They definitely don’t want to see him end up on a rival team against them!

The turn out for the Jersey to be given to Ronaldo was a spectacle too. There were about 80,000 people in the stadium for this. That is more than the number to show up for any other player on the Real Madrid team in the history of this organization. The number he was given is #9 and he is happy with that.

He is often asked why #9 and he just smiles. He is content to have a number that isn’t from his past. It also isn’t from the past of any other great players in history of the game. Instead, it offers him the chance to create many memories, to create times in history with it, and to really show that he is indeed one of the best players of football that has ever been involved in the game.

So far the 2010 to 2011 season has been very exciting for the Real Madrid. They have some tough games on the schedule. Yet players including Ronaldo are up for the challenge and they are confident they can finish the season with a title to show for all of their hard work and dedication. The Real Madrid are worth watching if you get the chance to do so.

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Im Happy 3 years ago

Cristiano Ronaldo is Great

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