Cristiano Ronaldo Biography & Photos

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro kɾiʃtiɐnu ʁunaɫðu (* 5 February, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal) is a Portuguese footballer.

He is currently at Manchester United under contract and is also the current national team player in his country. In his club he operates primarily as a wing forward on the right side , but at times also in the heart attack or as a second striker in the forefront of the use. Cristiano Ronaldo has been both to Europe’s footballer of the year as well as the world footballer of the year 2008.


In association

The first steps

Already at the age of three years Cristiano Ronaldo first came to the ball and he spent six years as the elementary school visited, it was his passion for football obviously. He developed sympathies for Benfica Lisbon, although he was later to its local rivals Sporting Lisbon should decide. His first club was the amateur club CF Andorinha. In the clubhouse, where his father worked as Zeugwart, Ronaldo played from the age of eight years and during the subsequent two years he started nationwide to make a name for. With Marítimo Nacional Funchal and Funchal in 1995 showed the two leading clubs in Madeira on a commitment of the young talent interested. The choice finally fell on the small club of Nacional, after representatives from Marítimo a meeting with the consultant when Ronaldo had burst Adorinha leave.

At his new club, he won a youth championship in 1997 and graduated three-trial training at Sporting Lisbon. For an unknown transfer fee (or “training allowance”) later, Ronaldo finally moved to the capital club.

Sporting Lisbon

In the forge of cadres trained Ronaldo Sporting Lisbon in Alcochete henceforth with other youth players of the club under professional guidance. It initially had problems with the acceptance comrades, mostly from the vicinity of Lisbon and came out about Ronaldo‘s specific dialect Madeira made merry. For personal assistance should finally his mother to the young teenager on the spot care. Even an extreme growth spurt was of his other sporting development in the way first. Nevertheless, Ronaldo later the first youth club in the history of Sporting Lisbon, which, within a season for the U-16-U-17-U-18-, reserve selection and for the professional team was used. These He debuted on 29 September 2002 against Sporting Braga and shot at his second game for the A-team on 7 October 2002 against Moreirense FC two goals to win 3-0. Moreover, Ronaldo was in the Portuguese squad for the U-17 European Championship 2002 in Denmark .

Through his performance at the U-17-EM, he was also the international football world. First discovered by Gérard Houllier, the then coach of the Liverpool 17-year-old players. Commitment, but eventually plans should fail, that Ronaldo is still too young and has been classified according to the leaders still needed time to become a top football player to develop. In the summer of 2003 but then it came to meeting with Alex Ferguson and his club Manchester United, as the English Major Sporting Club at the opening ceremony of the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon defeated with 3:1. It demonstrated Ronaldo positions on both foreign and its performance impressed his opponents by a trick play so rich that their trainer for a possible transfer of the young Portuguese respond .

Manchester United


In August 2003, Ronaldo to Manchester United. As Ferguson based primarily on the change from David Beckham to Real Madrid in search of a successor on the right midfield position, he decided finally to the obligation of Cristiano Ronaldo, thus also the first Portuguese club in the history of Manchester United was. The 17.5-million-euro purchase received on his arrival in the prestigious jersey with the number 7 back, the advance from club legends such as George Best, Bryan Robson, Éric Cantona and Beckham had been taken. In order to escape this pressure, Ronaldo was originally in the 28 jersey, the same number as in the Sporting elected. Ferguson but insisted that his new player will geschichtsbeladenen with the number 7 should accumulate.
Cristiano Ronaldo as player of Manchester United.

On 16 August 2003 Ronaldo came in the 60th Minute his first game for Manchester United, when he was in Old Trafford with a 4-0 against Bolton Wanderers were victorious. In his first two seasons with United, he took third place respectively in the championship and won the 2004 FA Cup with his first English title. In the initial phase of the 2005/06 season he reached at the 1:4 defeat against Middlesbrough FC the 1000 Premier League matches of the club in February and had each a “double pack” against the Fulham FC and Portsmouth FC at Fratton Park in the follow. At the end of the season Ronaldo had nine gates so many hits, as in the previous two seasons together. The first major ceremony in 2005 was the award for best young professional of FIFPro, which he in subsequent annual defend. The world football 2005 elections, he was the 20th Place.

2006/07 season

In the 2006/07 season Ronaldo played better than ever, even after the 2006 World Cup following the events of the game against England a lot of change occurred, and rumors in the initial games of its own, such as opposing fans in his own “was a ball contact. Through his constant good performances were the expressions of displeasure in the United attachment but soon after, and Ronaldo in this season was his final breakthrough as one of the best players in the Premier League party. With a total of 17 league matches, he is also increasingly becoming a scorer. In November 2006, he was named “Player of the Month” and the month that caused six goals in three games that he so far with 12 gates of the influential United player in the current season was (the award for best player of the month defended He consistently in December ). Even his gambling facility within the team had now increased with maturity and his ex still egocentric way of playing was a good pass in the game changed. On 5 May 2007, he and his 50th overall Pflichtspieltor for Manchester United for the crucial hit for the 1-0 win against Manchester City, the first championship for United after four years ensured. On 10 April 2007, he had previously during the Champions League quarter final game against AS Roma’s first two goals in the “king class” (from a total of three in this season) was reached. Personal awards, he had collected during the season. This included his choice of the PFA Players Association as the best player of the year, and for the best young professionals in April 2007. This dual title as Andy Gray had 30 years before you can enter. Together with Seven teammates from United, he was finally in the “Team of the Season” and won the Fan Award ( “PFA Fans’ Player of the Year “) and the third from the PFA’s choice. Even the local journalists were not in accordance with this opinion and chose Ronaldo in May 2007, to England footballer of the year 2007.

As in the previous year, also increased towards the end of the 2006/07 season change rumors in connection with the person of Cristiano Ronaldo – which was the headline-grabbing quote from Real Madrid in the amount of allegedly 80 million euros. Nevertheless confirmed Ronaldo in March 2007 but the current contract extension negotiations with Manchester United, which was finally ended, that he had on 13 April 2007 a new five-year contract signed. With this new contract, which allegedly Ronaldo 120,000 pounds a week involved , was the Portuguese to bestbezahlten players in the history of Manchester United.

2007/08 season

The 2007/08 began after an unsportsmanlike behavior with a red card in the game against Portsmouth FC. Following the lock was Ronaldo in the Champions League his former club Sporting Lisbon against. Here he shot in the 60th Minute only to hit 1-0 victory and won for its denial of a demonstrative gesture cheering standing ovations his former Annex. Both in the European club competition, as well as in the Premier League Ronaldo knew through his already ongoing in the season shown Torjägerqualitäten to convince. With a total of five goals in the group phase was Ronaldo ultimately decisive victory in the group of his team and the resulting feed into the last sixteen of the king class involved. On 2 December 2007 the Portuguese landed in the choice of Europe’s Footballer of the Year With 277 points, behind Kaká (444) in second place. Only two weeks later – on 17 December – when he missed election to the world footballer of the year as third behind Kaká and Lionel Messi once again an award. With its already 23rd League matches on 19 January 2008 at the 2-0 win against Reading FC was his Torausbeute throughout the season in terms of all required games already set prematurely. On 4 March 2008 he secured his team with his 1-0 victory in the hit-round second leg of the Champions League against Olympique Lyon Moving into the quarterfinals. On 11 May 2008 he was with Manchester United with a victory on the last matchday successful title defense of the English championship to celebrate. 10 days later, Ronaldo made the first hit in the finals of the UEFA Champions League against Chelsea. As the game after the compensation by Lampard in the extension, and finally went into penalty shootout, the Portuguese failed precisely the nerves. Nevertheless, Manchester United football thriller in the end decide for themselves and Ronaldo the first European club trophy of his career lift .
Cristiano Ronaldo, February 2009

Following this success, Ronaldo was given a number of awards: he was both by the fans as well as by journalists and fellow players to England’s Footballer of the Year 2008 selected and secured with 31 hits in the Premier League not only the title of top scorer king, but also the UEFA Golden Shoe as top scorer in Europe. In addition, it was Ronaldo by UEFA as the best striker and, ultimately, to the best players in the Champions League last season award. Adding up the gates, which the Portuguese during the 2007/08 season in various competitions reached, it was Ronaldo in 49 games sagenhafte 42 times (31 Premier League goals, 8 Champions League goals, 3 cup-gates), a rate, with whom he almost internal club record set by Manchester United had in 1964 with 46 goals from Denis Law has been established.
Season 2008/09

At the beginning of the 2008/09 season was Ronaldo injury to watching convicted. On 17 September 2008, he celebrated his comeback in a goalless game of the Champions League against Villarreal. His first goal in the new season, Ronaldo reached on 23 September in a 3-1 victory in the Cup game against Middlesbrough FC. On 15 November, it is Manchester United with two free kick goals against Stoke City to a 5-0 success, while his 100th and 101 Pflichtspieltor for the English club reached. On 2 December 2008, he received an additional award and has become Europe’s Footballer of the Year. Shortly before the end of the year secured the Portuguese with his team winning the FIFA Club World Cup. The final coronation was followed on 12 January 2009 in Zurich, as Ronaldo by FIFA for World Footballer of the Year was. In March, Ronaldo won with Manchester United to the final the English League Cup against Tottenham Hotspur. It took the Portuguese in the game decisive penalty shootout. In early April he reached the 3-2 victory over Aston Villa the season hits its 14 o’clock-15 o’clock already 20th Double pack in the Premier League. Two weeks later he gave Manchester United a Fernschusstor from over 30 meters against FC Porto in the semi-withdrawal of the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo met on 5 May in the return match against Arsenal FC, not only twice the opposing housing, but also prepared a gate in front, allowing Manchester United, as in the previous year reached the finals of the competition which, however, this time against FC Barcelona lost. Comfort was the Portuguese with the third British championship in a row.

The whole season sees, Ronaldo could only rarely to the above benefits of the season left off. Nevertheless, he achieved remarkable total of 26 game duty gates, including all 18 in the Premier League. The title of the best Saisontorschützen snatched from him at the end of the Frenchman, Nicolas Anelka (19), after Ronaldo on the forthcoming Champions League finals on a bet on the last match was abandoned. The Lost finale was the pinnacle of the Portuguese and therefore doubly bitter because it loudly in the run-up to a duel of the world’s best footballers had declared – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – and, ultimately, the Argentines won, and it showed scorer. 25 Moreover, pulled Ronaldo after the final in an interview once more to the displeasure of the fans as well, despite the prior Treueschwüre in previous years the much-discussed move to Real Madrid in the summer no longer wanted to completely exclude .

On 11 June 2009 Manchester United were aware that an offer from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo over 80 million pounds sterling (93 million euro) was adopted. Manchester expects that the contracts no later than 30 June 2009 be signed .

In the national team

Cristiano Ronaldo had already in 2002 for the selection of Portugal at the U-17 European Championship and was also played part of the U-18-and-21-U National Team. On 20 August 2003, he debuted in the A-team as Einwechselspieler in the second half of the match against Kazakhstan. During the Euro 2004 in their own country, he was the youngest player on the team and shot in the opening match against Greece at a gate of the 1:2-defeat as well as in the semifinal against the Netherlands 2-1 on a match-winning. Although he was with the Portuguese team in the finals of the opening game opponent Greece 0:1 with subject only vice-European champion, had he dealt with his performance in the “Team of the Tournament” played. Furthermore, he participated in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens participated, came there in the games against Iraq (2:4) and Morocco (2:1) are used, and resigned, despite a strike against the North Africans after another 2:4-defeat against Costa Rica with his team already in the Preliminary made.

During the qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany Ronaldo was with seven hits to the second best scorer in the UEFA zone. In the World Cup tournament itself, he achieved his first penalty kick at World Cup finals goal-against Iran. In the round of sixteen against the Netherlands, he resigned after a duel against Khalid Boulahrouz out injured, came after the 1-0 victory, but in the last round of the eight teams against England. where he won with his team after a penalty shootout after his team previously due to a red card for Ronaldo‘s United teammate Wayne Rooney in the majority had played. Particular sensitivity is also obtained this position because Rooney an assault on Ricardo Carvalho and Ronaldo he had committed a unsportsmanlike conduct for allegedly influencing the referee in his decision was attested. This led to Ronaldo, even after the tournament on his return to Manchester widespread hostility from the British tabloid media faced. The World Cup itself Ronaldo ended after two defeats against France (0:1) and Germany (1:3 ) on the fourth place. When choosing the best young player of the tournament, Ronaldo was one of the five players nominated and then underwent the German striker Lukas Podolski. Here, too, did the alleged unsportsmanlike conduct of the Portuguese have a negative impact on his election chances from the competent FIFA Commission designated a certain “respectability” as a criterion for decision-making .

Just a day after its 22nd Cristiano Ronaldo led Birthday on 6 Portugal in February 2007 initially as a captain on the pitch. Occasion was a friendly match against Brazil, the appointment was done at the explicit request of the Portuguese federation president Carlos Silva, who died two days previously was. Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said that although he as Ronaldo too young for this office installations, but these favors Silva was ready to do. The successful qualification for the EURO 2008 Ronaldo again contributed a total of eight hits in . During the tournament qualified for Portugal as a sovereign group for the first quarterfinal. Here, however, the Portuguese lost with 2:3 against Germany and had to return home prematurely applies. His only tournament matches Ronaldo achieved in the group game against Czech Republic.

Successes / Title

As a national player

* Euro-second: 2004
* Fourth World: 2006

With the association

* English Champion: 2007, 2008, 2009
* FA Cup winner: 2004
* English League Cup Winners: 2006, 2009
* Community Shield winner: 2007
* Champions League winner: 2008
* FIFA Club World Cup: 2008


* World Footballer of the Year: 2008
* European Footballer of the Year: 2008
* England’s Footballer of the Year 2008 (in three categories)
o Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year (journalists choice)
o PFA Players’ Player of the Year (choice of the players union PFA)
o PFA Fans’ Player of the Year (choice of British football supporters)
* England’s Footballer of the Year 2007 (in four categories)
o Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year (journalists choice)
o PFA Players’ Player of the Year (choice of the players union PFA)
o PFA Young Player of the Year (PFA choice of the best young professionals under 23 years)
o PFA Fans’ Player of the Year (choice of British football supporters)
* England’s Player of the Month: November 2006, December 2006, January 2008, March 2008
* Choice in the Premier League team of the season (PFA): 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09
* Portuguese Footballer of the Year (Abroad): 2007
* Portuguese Sports Personality: 2006
* UEFA Footballer of the Year: 2008
* FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year: 2005, 2006
* FIFPro World Footballer of the Year: 2008
* Scorer king of English Premier League (31 matches): 2008
* King scorer of UEFA Champions League (8 hits): 2008
* Winner of the UEFA Golden Shoe: 2008


Beidfüßiger Ronaldo is a player who achieved so with both feet, a shot around the same hardness and precision. It may be in the offensive on both the left and on the right wing or center attack can be used. With this versatility allows mainly a tactical interplay at both outer sides with a teammate on the other wing, for the confusion in the opponent’s defensive formation can provide. As a major strength, especially its exceptional technology. Besides his trademark, the multiple “About Steiger,” Ronaldo has an extensive repertoire of tricks and feints Offensive appropriated, that made him one of the most fearsome opponents wing players in the Premier League has done. Due to its high speed is required, he also Sprint often in duels against the defense successfully, but these both run duels on the wing or at the train in the middle demonstrates. Due to the harsh, he is shot from outside the penalty torgefährlich well as within the 16-meter area. A number of head gates also demonstrated that it is in this – mostly a wing player somewhat neglected – area has strengths. Currently, he is primarily the penalty from Manchester United. In addition, he is exceptionally good as a free-shooter, where he clashes with his Clear primarily due to a high Effets and an individual trajectory opposing goalkeeper difficult duties. His playing style can perhaps best be described as a blend of classical piano players of earlier days and a modern character torgefährlichen Striker described .

For Ronaldo frequently caused controversy by making him a penchant for “swallows” – ie pretending fouls by an opposing theatrical behavior – was said. Among his critics were mainly in the 2006/07 season with Gareth Southgate the coach of Middlesbrough FC. Even by Steed Malbranque penalty caused him against Tottenham Hotspur drew a similar response by the media with it. Also problematic is its temporarily uncontrolled temperament views. Against Manchester City, he received on 14 May 2006 his first (smooth) red card after he previously by UEFA a lock on the international stage for a lot had to accept – in the game against Benfica Lisbon, he had annexed to the enemy “Stinkefinger shown. Even in a match against Luxembourg was Ronaldo after a foul by Jeff Strasser in a rematch ravish action, with a yellow card was punished. Ronaldo received explicitly from his coach Scolari an explicit warning, his temper at the forthcoming World Cup to keep in check. At the beginning of the 2007/08 season after Ronaldo won an alleged head against Richard Hughes of Portsmouth FC again a red card and a lock for three games. His coach Alex Ferguson “rehabilitated” his players after the game with the apologetic words, Ronaldo had “tapped into the trap.” Ronaldo himself was purified after this incident and expressed his confidence that his opponents will no longer allow provoke him to .


Ronaldo‘s older sister Liliana Catia is under the artist name Ronalda, a famous singer in Portugal. On 5 October 2007, he published the book Moments on his past career, but he stressed that this book is not an autobiography handle.

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