Cristiano Ronaldo Bio 2021: Age, Career, Titles, Girlfriends, Children, and Net Worth
Cristiano Ronaldo (born February 5, 1985) is one of the most talented, followed, and probably one of the greatest players ever to grace the football ground. Ronaldo is the epitome of the story of early struggles but competes with hard work you will be successful. Coming from a very poor family in Portugal, Ronaldo was very talented from his younger days but not even his best well wishes would have imagined how he would change the entire landscape of football couple of years. Cristiano Ronaldo has become an icon and idol and role model for lots of new and aspiring football players all around the world. Even at 37 years old, Ronaldo does not know the shortcut to success and is equally working hard when he was just 17 years old. The legendary Portuguese has 5 Ballon’dor Awards and is the most followed person ever on social media. Ronaldo is also the most paid football player in the world. Ronaldo became the first person to have 1 billion followers on his Instagram account.
Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Sao Pedro, Madeira, Portugal. Madeira is a beautiful island in Portugal where Ronaldo started learning to play Football near the Parish of San Antonio. His father’s name was Jose Dinis Aveiro and his mother’s name was Martha Dolores Aveiro. Despite having early promise in sports such as football, Ronaldo was not so bright in his studies. He had a very high temper which caused him to expel from his college after throwing a chair at his teacher. Cristiano had a tough childhood as his father was a gardener and his mother was a cook. He also had two sisters named Lilliana and Elma and also has a brother named Hugo.
He was promising from his early days and people often compared him to like him to grow as Luis Figo who was phenomenal at a young age as well. Ronaldo himself was a massive fan of Figo which was the reason he was involved and passionate about Football in the first place. However, when Ronaldo was just a newborn he could have been aborted. The shocking news of Ronaldo’s mother wanting to abort him due to poverty and already having lots of children was revealed by his mother herself. However, due to recommendation from the doctor and hesitation from her family members was the blessing as Cristiano Ronaldo today is the phenomenon and the legend of the beautiful game.
At just 14 years of age, Ronaldo started playing semi-professionally. However, he was diagnosed with a racing heart and the doctor recommended he quit football or have surgery. Ronaldo underwent surgery and it was successful. He could play football again and by 16 years age, Ronaldo started playing for Sporting Club in Portugal. He played for them in all levels including under 17 to under 20. Cristiano made the senior squad in 2002 when he was just 20 years old. He was starting to follow the path of Luis Figo and was offered to Barcelona just like Figo and Simao before him but Barcelona refused it and instead signed another talented Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma. Cristiano was young but was impressive and in a friendly against Manchester United, he tormented their defense so much that then United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson immediately contacted the club board and his agent for the transfer.
Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Manchester United in 2003 and started the season brightly. However, he had a dip in form and had a lack of discipline as well. But Ferguson managed him efficiently which was key as Ronaldo scored in the FA Cup final to hand Manchester United the trophy. Ronaldo was starting to make reputation which also increased in 2004 Euro Cup but Portugal lost in the final against underdogs Greece. Ronaldo then went on to become one of the key players of Manchester United handing them 3 league titles, A Champions League, and also earning his first Ballon’dor award. He started an intercountry rivalry with another promising youngster Lionel Messi from Barcelona. However, when they met in UCL two times Lionel Messi became victorious both times by scoring in the final as Ronaldo failed to do so.
Cristiano Ronaldo always had dreamed of playing for Real Madrid which he finally decided to make reality as Real Madrid paid then world record 100 million to bring Portuguese to Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid fans were in ecstasy as 80,000 fans turned up to welcome him which was another world record as well. Ronaldo started his Real Madrid career brilliantly by scoring in the first four league games and scored a brace in his first UEFA Champions League match for Real Madrid as well. His first season did not end well as he suffered a continuous new injury. Despite the injuries, Ronaldo managed to score 33 goals but his season ended trophyless.
Next season was even more impressive as Ronaldo scored the club record 40 goals in a season and also won the Copa Del Rey title with Real Madrid. That season Ronaldo also earned European Golden Boot for the first time but did not even finish third in the Ballondor ceremony. In the second season of Jose Mourinho, Ronaldo became the catalyst as he scored all-time record 60 goals in all season as Real Madrid won their first La Liga for the first time for over 10 years. Ronaldo was also a catalyst for Zinedine Zidane Team who won UEFA Champions League three times consecutively and also won La Liga again. He won four Ballondor’s when he was in Real Madrid.
Ronaldo made his move to Juventus during the season in July 2018 after a very disappointing World Cup however he did lead Portugal to 2016 Euro Cup glory. The transfer was again in the reason of 100 million and bonus as well which was another record for over 30-year-old player. Ronaldo was instrumental for Juventus as they won consecutive Seria A titles however Ronaldo’s dream of winning another UEFA Champions league did not get fulfilled. In his third season with the Old Lady Ronaldo and Juventus finished fourth and their dominance over Seria A title was broken by Inter Milan. In August 2021, Ronaldo left Juventus to return to his old club Manchester United for over 14 million pounds and has already scored 4 goals in the Premier League and 4 in the Champions League as well.
Relationships and Children
Ronaldo started dating famous model Irina Shayk in 2010 and their famous relationship lasted for 5 years before being ended in 2015. His first son was Cristinao Ronaldo Jr who was from a surrogate however he has full custody of the children and won’t have to reveal the name of his mother due to agreement. Ronaldo again became a father courtesy of surrogacy as his daughter Eva and Son Mateo who were twins were born in 2017. Ronaldo also began dating Georgina Rodriguez who gave birth to his other daughter Alina Martina. Recently Georgina is again pregnant with twins on the way.
Cristiano Ronaldo is without a doubt the highest if not one of the highest-paid athletes in the modern generation. Ronaldo has earned over 50 million to 60 million for four seasons at Real Madrid, three-season at Juventus, and still earns over 500,000 per week on Manchester United. He became the first athlete to earn billion dollars. Ronaldo has a lifetime brand deal with Nike and his own CR7 brand earns a large amount of income. The net worth of Cristiano Ronaldo is 120 million as of 2021 according to the Forbes website.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has won five ballon’dor awards.
- He has the record of highest goal scoring record for Real Madrid.
- Ronaldo has previously dated model Irina Shayk.
- He has five children and two more are on the way.
- Ronaldo is a highest paid athlete with over 120 million according to Forbes.