Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

AGE

29

HEIGHT

6′ 1″

BIRTH DATE

February 5, 1985

PLACE OF BIRTH

Santo Antonio, Portugal

BIOGRAPHY

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Portugal national team.

What you didn’t know

  • He has one son, Cristiano Jr.
  • Plays for the Portuguese National Team at the FIFA World Cup 2014
  • THE 2016 SPANISH CLASICO: WHY WE WATCH

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    Tradition is an attractive repetitive. Ritual reinforces the notion of comfort from the familiar. The Spanish Futbol match that encompasses all these is Real Madrid vs Barcelona or as it’s known as “El Clasico.”

    Why is this match one of the most anticipated on the soccer calender?

    STAR POWER

    Both of these teams have had most of the best players in soccer history play for them. Real Madrid boasts of stars such as David Beckham, Emil Butragueno, Luis Figo, Hugo Sanchez, Michael Laudrup, Ronaldo, Raul, and now Christiano Ronaldo.

    Barcelona counters with Gary Lineker, David Villa, Thierry Henry, Johan Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Luis Enrique, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Romario, Diego Maradona, and Lionel Messi.

    CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE

    Real Madrid has won a record 32 La Liga championships along wth 19 Copa del Rey’s. They also hold the record for most European Cups with eleven, three Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

    Barcelona counters with 24 La Liga titles, a record 26 Copa del Reys and five European Cups along with a record four UEFA Cups and record best three FIFA World Club Cups.

    HISTORY

    Real Madrid and Barcelona share a history as the symbols of their sections in Spain. Madrid, who plays in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium represented Castile, who were seen as a reflection of oppression from a fascist regime during the Spanish Civil War. Barcelona, who plays in the Nou Camp represented Catalonia, which spoke Castilian, which was suppressed by Franco during that same Civil War. The perceptions remain to this day. Real Madrid has the overall advantage in head to head battles coming out on top 71 times while Barcelona has won 67 matches with 32 draws in the mix.

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    BEST PLAYER DEBATE

    The argument of who is the best player in the game pits Lionel Messi of Argentina, who led his team to two Copa America and one FIFA World Cup Final but failed to win any of the three. Cristiano Ronaldo has a European Championship for Portugal under his belt this year but missed the Final due to injury. So the jury is still undecided on this one but that makes tomorrow’s game so intriging as the battle for soccer supremacy on the field, on the scoreboard, and in the lives of millions of Spanish fans are influenced through this classic of the ages.

    What You Didn’t Know about Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Considered the best football player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo has also become one of the wealthiest too. But, it wasn’t always that way. He came from a modest upbringing from the small Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. Determined to pursue his dream of becoming the best football player, Ronaldo went to the mainland of Portugal without his family at the ripe age of 12 as his father, Jose Dinis Aveiro battled addiction with alcohol. Once on the mainland, Ronaldo and his young teammates were often ganged-up on by robbers. In one incident, as his fellow players ran away from the robbers, he stood up to the would-be thieves and fought back.

    “A gang jumped on me and my team-mates in the street. The other players ran away but I stood up and fought – and the robbers didn’t get anything,” said Ronaldo.

    In 2003, Ronaldo signed with Manchester United and wore the number seven jersey, which once belonged to former renowned players like Bryan Robson and David Beckham. In England, Ronaldo never forgot where he came from, or his family. He was close with his father and as a youth they would watch football games together. With his newfound wealth he tried to help Aveiro fight his addiction to alcohol by sending him to the best treatment centers, but in 2005 his father passed away before a match against Russia.  After getting the devastating news from his former coach in Portugal, Felipe Scolari and listening to Scolari’s story about losing his own father, Ronaldo went back on to the field and played the match against Russia, honoring his father the best way he knew how.

    “He decided to play the match against Russia rather than fly back to Portugal immediately. I now think Ronaldo is not just the best player in the world, but the best person too,” said Scolari.

    Earlier this year Ronaldo won his second FIFA Balloon d’Or in two years and the third for his career. Not one to get too comfortable, Ronaldo hopes to win more for years to come. Currently he plays for Real Madrid.

    “I never thought I would win three Gold Balls. Fantastic. I want to win as many as possible. It’s hard, it’s very difficult to win. But everything is possible,” said Ronaldo.

    Fun Facts:

    • His full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro.
    • His middle name is “Ronaldo” because his dad was a fan of the actor Ronald Reagan, who later went on to become the 40th president of the United States.
    • Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart at 15-years-old. After having laser surgery for the condition which could have ended his career he continued practicing football a few days later.
    • He doesn’t drink alcohol.
    • When recruiters from Sporting C.P. Youth and Academy were searching for new football players Ronaldo was up against his childhood friend, Albert Fantrau, in a game where whoever scored the best out of three will be accepted to its club. When they were head-to-head in points Fantrau had the ball for the last shot, but passed it to Ronaldo who he thought was more deserving of the prize. Ronaldo got the shot in and was accepted into the academy. After Ronaldo thanked his friend for his successful career, reporters seeked out the unemployed Fantrau, who by their surprise lived in a lavish home with a fancy car. When asked how he was able to afford his lifestyle, he said “it’s from Cristiano.”

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    Cristiano Ronaldo Swims with the Dolphins

     

    Cristiano Ronaldo goes for a swim with a dolphin in this photo posted to his WhoSay account.

    “Today I had a great experience swimming with dolphins. It’s amazing how they engage with us,” the 26-year-old Portuguese soccer star wrote on Tuesday (December 27).

    Cristiano also recently wished his Twitter followers a very happy holiday season.

    “I’m enjoying my holidays and I would like to wish you all a #MerryChristmas,” he wrote, later adding, “Hope that you all had a great christmas night. Merry Christmas! Feliz Natal! Feliz Navidad!”

    Cristiano Ronaldo: Baby Mama Drama!

    Portuguese soccer player/world famous injury-faker/occasional Kardashian dater Cristiano Ronaldo has a son with an anonymous British woman who now wants to return the more-than $15 million the athlete paid her in exchange for promising to never contact the boy. Yikes.

    Ronaldo caused a stir earlier this year when he (or his eyebrows; it’s hard to tell if it’s him or his precision eyebrows talking) announced that he had an infant son with a penniless waitress. Ronaldo’s family reportedly paid the woman about $15 million, and, in exchange, the woman agreed to give the child’s father full custody and to forgo any relationship with the child. It’s simply amazing that the brilliant plan backfired!

    The child’s mother is reportedly calling Ronaldo at all hours, pleading with him to see her child and offering to return the money, and, according to a British tabloid, the agreement she signed forbids her from telling anyone, even her family members, that she is the child’s mother. Wait, what? Do such contracts exist? And how did her family not know that she was pregnant? And didn’t she tell them before she signed a contract?

    ESCANDALO! Ronaldo’s Girlfriend SUES GQ!

    Photoshopping may have become the norm when it comes to celebrity images but one men’s magazine appears to have taken the trend a step too far.

    Model Irina Shayk is considering legal action against GQ Spain after she was shocked to find nude pictures of herself in the December issue – despite wearing underwear for the duration of the shoot.

    The 24-year-old Russian beauty, who has been dating Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo since January, claims she was airbrushed in three of the pictures that appeared in the 14-page spread.

    GQ used the reportedly doctored images to entice readers into buying the magazine with the model on the cover and the headline ‘Want to see the most beautiful creature in the world nude?’

    And the model claims she was refused rights to final approval after signing a contract giving her rights to the view the images before going to print.

    In a statement, Gael Marie, managing director of Elite, Irina’s modeling agency said: ‘Supermodel Irina Shayk is the victim of ‘photoshop’ and breach of contract over photo approval in GQ Spain.

    ‘The Intimissimi ambassador dawns the cover in an Intimissimi lingerie body suit but unfortunately was photoshopped to appear naked in 3 images of the 14 page spread.

    ‘A contract was signed on behalf of Ms. Shayk by Elite Model Management where she was to have approval of the interview, cover and images and was refused that right by the publication.

    ‘Ms. Shayk was not nude and did not approve these images. Irina Shayk NEVER saw the images, cover or caption that was used in GQ Spain.’

    Irina is a regular in Sports Illustrated magazine’s swimsuit edition, as well as a model for lingerie company Victoria’s Secret.