Cristiano Ronaldo, in full Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, (conceived February 5, 1985, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal), Portuguese football (soccer) forward who was one of the best players of his age.
Ronaldo's dad, José Dinis Aveiro, was the hardware director for the nearby club Andorinha. (The name Ronaldo was added to Cristiano's name out of appreciation for his dad's preferred film entertainer, Ronald Reagan, who was U.S. president at the season of Cristiano's introduction to the world.) At age 15 Ronaldo was determined to have a heart condition that required medical procedure, however he was sidelined just quickly and made a full recuperation. He previously played for Clube Desportivo Nacional of Madeira and afterward moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal (known as Sporting Lisbon), where he played for that club's different youth groups before making his introduction on Sporting's first group in 2002.
A tall player at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters), Ronaldo was an impressive competitor on the pitch. Initially a right-winger, he formed into a forward with a free-reined assaulting style. He had the option to entrance adversaries with a skill of foot that made adequate space for openings in contradicting resistances.
After an effective season with Sporting that carried the youthful player to the consideration of Europe's greatest football clubs, Ronaldo marked with English powerhouse Manchester United in 2003. He was a moment sensation and before long came to be viewed as a standout amongst the best advances in the game. His best season with United came in 2007–08, when he scored 42 League and Cup objectives and earned the Golden Shoe grant as Europe's driving scorer, with 31 League objectives. Subsequent to helping United to a Champions League title in May 2008, Ronaldo caught Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Player of the Year praises for his outstanding 2007–08 season. He additionally driven United to an appearance in the 2009 Champions League last, which they lost to FC Barcelona.
Before long Ronaldo was sold to Spain's Real Madrid—a club with which he had for some time been supposed to need to play—for a then record £80 million (about $131 million) move expense. His scoring ability proceeded with his new group, and he got the most objectives (40) in La Liga history during the 2010–11 season (his record was broken the accompanying season by his adversary Lionel Messi of Barcelona). In 2011–12 Ronaldo helped Madrid catch a La Liga title and scored an individual best 46 objectives during the League season. He scored an aggregate of 66 objectives in 56 appearances with Madrid and the Portuguese national group in 2013 to win his second world player of the year grant (the FIFA World Player of the Year was renamed the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010). In 2014 he scored 52 objectives in 43 diversions and drove Madrid to a Champions League title, which brought about Ronaldo catching another Ballon d'Or grant. In 2014–15 he got 48 objectives to lead La Liga in scoring. Ronaldo got his 324th objective as an individual from Real in October 2015 to turn into the club's untouched driving objective scorer. He scored 35 La Liga objectives in 2015–16 and helped Real win its record eleventh Champions League title, and in December 2016 he won a fourth vocation Ballon d'Or for his achievements. Ronaldo scored 42 objectives for Real over all rivalries in 2016–17 and drove his group to La Liga and Champions League titles that season, which brought about a fifth vocation Ballon d'Or grant. In 2017–18 he scored 44 objectives in 44 diversions, and Real won a third straight Champions League title. In July 2018 he achieved a four-year contract worth €112 million (about $132 million) with the Italian powerhouse Juventus. He completed his Real profession with 311 objectives in 292 matches.
On his home soil, subsequent to traveling through the adolescent and under-21 positions, Ronaldo had shown up for Portugal's full national group against Kazakhstan in August 2003 (four days after his introduction for United). He was a key player in Portugal's fourth-place complete at the 2006 World Cup and turned into the full-time skipper of the national group in 2008. In 2012 his excellent play drove Portugal to the elimination rounds of the European Championship, where his group was wiped out by opponent Spain in a match that was chosen by an extra shot shoot-out. Ronaldo came into the 2014 World Cup hot off of his second world player of the year win, yet his play at the competition was spotty, and the whole Portugal group battled during a gathering stage disposal. In 2016 he helped Portugal win the European Championship, the nation's first real worldwide competition title, despite the fact that he just played sparingly in the last on account of knee damage that he had supported right off the bat in the match. Ronaldo played splendidly at the 2018 World Cup, scoring four objectives in four amusements as Portugal progressed to the knockout round just to lose its first match of that phase to a solid protective Uruguay side.
Ronaldo was a standout amongst the most notable games stars off the field, and various investigations of competitors' fame demonstrated that he was the most-darling competitor on the planet during his playing top. His outrageous notoriety made Ronaldo one of the most generously compensated endorsers in games history, and in November 2016 he turned into the third individual (after ball whizzes Michael Jordan and LeBron James) to gain a "lifetime" contract from the sportswear organization Nike. In addition, he set up his very own fruitful "CR7" brand of items that included shoes, clothing, and scents. Ronaldo's massive attractiveness was at the focal point of a lawful issue that emerged in June 2017. That month investigators documented a claim that blamed Ronaldo for duping the Spanish legislature of €14.7 million ($16.5 million) by concealing his picture rights pay in Spain from 2011 to 2014. He was blamed for having thought little of the salary he earned from the deal and permitting of his picture rights and the going with duty commitments, yet Ronaldo denied all charges. Be that as it may, in June 2018 he acknowledged a suspended two-year jail sentence and consented to pay €18.8 million ($21.8 million) to the Spanish government to settle the case.