Cristiano Ronaldo

The world’s best paid footballer — Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo playing football

Youngest of the four siblings, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on 5th February 1985 in the small island of Madeira, Portugal. Nicknamed Kluivert, from Patrick Kluivert for obvious reasons, this Aquarian played for a local club CD Nacional. Soon with his incredible talent and skills he was discovered and consequently signed on by Sporting CP.

He was part of Sporting CP was six long years, three of them being in the seniors. He still remains the only player to have played for the U-16, U-17, U-18 B-team, and the first team all in a single season for Sporting. He had twenty five appearances for Sporting in which he put the ball just three times past the net. These were growing and learning days for Ronaldo and his lack of goals could not overshadow his magnificent and fluid play on the field.

Having been first spotted by the then Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier at 16, the management at Liverpool contemplated his signing but decided against it for they thought he was still too young. This genius’ age however did not deter Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him on for Manchester United on the recommendation and request from his players for a staggering sum of $12.24 million after the 2002-03 season. This was a lot of money for someone still unproven and so young. Ronaldo chose the easiest way out to prove his critics wrong. He scored goals.

Sir Alex, against his wishes, gave him the number 07 jersey, earlier worn by greats like George Best, Brain Robson, Eric Contona and David Beckham. The immense pressure of living up to the reputation and standards of the number 07 jersey became Ronaldo’s extra source of motivation.

He had a spectacular debut against Bolton wanderers winning him the man-of-the-match award for his very first match which United won 4-0. His first goal came against Portsmouth on 1 November 2003 with a superbly administered free kick. He went on to score ten goals in all competitions and the fans voted him as the FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year award for the year 2005.

Ronaldo received consecutive Barclays Player of the Month awards in November and December of 2006.Scoring his 50th goal for Man Utd, he guided them to their first title victory in four years in 2007.

His 2008-9 season saw him playing fantastic football again. Scoring a hat trick in their 6-0 win over Bolton, he again led Man Utd to the top of the premier league table. He went on to score an astounding 33 goals in the season, breaking the forty year old record held by George Best for the most goals by a midfielder in a single season. His scoring streak earned him the prestigious European Golden Shoe for 2007-08.He also has the honors of UEFA player of the year 2008, FIFA player of the year 2008 and the Ballon d'Or 2008 under his belt.

On 11 June 2009, Manchester United accepted Real Madrid’s unconditional offer of a record breaking £80 million for Ronaldo.On 8th July 2009, Ronaldo unveiled his number 09 jersey in front of an 80,000 strong crowd in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. He now became the highest paid footballer in the world ever.

Currently in 2016 he still play for Spanish club Real Madrid and serves as captain for the Portugal national team.

February 2016: Watch the video below of an unhappy Cristiano Ronaldo who stormed out of Real Madrid's Champions League news conference after challenging a reporter who asked a question about his recent lack of away goals on the eve of their last 16 first-leg tie with AS Roma.

Ronaldo News Conference

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