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Ten Things You Should Know About...Cristiano Ronaldo

Updated on December 22, 2013
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The King of the Bernabeu is swamped by fanatical attention wherever he goes, and Ronaldo is not shy of keeping out of the limelight. So you might think that everything is known about him but think again...

Here’s ten things you might not know about him but should:

#1. Born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro on 5 February 1985 in Santo Antonio, on the Portuguese island of Maderia.

#2 He started as a youth player for Andorinha before moving to C.D. Nacional. Next stop was Lisbon where he played for Sporting Club. In 2003 he signed for Manchester United, staying until 2009 when he joined Real Madrid for a world record fee of £80 million (€93.9 million/$131.6 million).

#3 He is the son of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and Jose Dinis Aveiro. He also has a brother, Hugo, and two sisters, Liliana Catia and Elma.

#4 Ronaldo won his 100th cap against Northern Ireland, having made his debut against Kazakhstan on 20 August 2003.

#5 Ronaldo is known to support many charitable causes. In 2009, Ronaldo gave £100,000 to the Maderian hospital that treated his mother when she was battling cancer. He also sold the golden boot he had won in 2011 for €1.5 million in order to fund schools and help children in Gaza.

#6. Manchester United were invited to play Sporting to mark the opening of their new stadium. Ronaldo dazzled, and mesmerized the United team so much that they urged Alex Ferguson to sign him up. He did and was rewarded with 84 goals in 196 games.

#7 Whilst at Manchester United he won three straight Premier League titles from 2006-2009. He also won the FA Cup in 2003 and the FIFA World Club Cup 2008. However, the highlight was the Champions League 2007-08. With Real Madrid the 2011 Copa del Rey was topped by winning La Liga the following season.

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#8 He has been awarded the Medal of Merit from the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa. This is not a FIFA or UEFA award but was originally created, in 1818, by King John VI to reward those who had protected the Kingdom of Portugal’s Spiritual Sovereign and in particular those who had stood up to the occupying French Bonapartist Forces.

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#9 Ronaldo has an eye for a commercial deal. In his time he has linked up with global brands such as Nike, Emporio Armani , Castrol, Konami, Motorola, Herbal Life, and Banco Espirito Santo. He must have worked up quite an appetite with all this extra activity so it was fortunate he also signed deals with Coca-Cola and KFC.

#10 Sir Alex Ferguson said:”Florentino Perez had all the Galacticos at Real Madrid when he was president first time around. He had Figo, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Raul in that spell. But I don’t think any of those players were as good as Ronaldo. He’s a fantastic player. I knew he would improve tremendously, he was still young when he left us.”

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And here’s one more to make it a football eleven:

#11 “I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans, but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that here are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.” Cristiano Ronaldo

And here’s one more to make it a football eleven:

#11 He said :“I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans, but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that here are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.”

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      shanty 3 years ago

      BEST PLAYER

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      Marko Vucinic 3 years ago from Cuprija, Sebia

      Cristiano Ronaldo is great player and his soccer abilities are huge.