Cristiano Ronaldo, all-time top scorer at the Euros: his road from poverty to millions

Ronaldo was born in a poor family
Ronaldo's first football clubs
Coaches gave Ronaldo extra food
Always playing ball
Going to the city
A poor boy in Sporting
Cristiano Ronaldo, bullied
He persisted
Dolores Aveiro, a great mother
Dolores Aveiro, the fighter
Cristiano Ronaldo and Felipe Scolari
Everything for the Portuguese team
Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United
CR7
Moving to Real Madrid
Star of Real Madrid
Ronaldo, championship winner
Cristiano Ronaldo's net worth
Cristiano Ronaldo's awards
Cristiano Ronaldo: his own style
Nothing out of place
The statue on Madeira Island
Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk
Irina, the one that got away?
Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez
A close family
One big family
Cristiano Ronaldo loves children
Cristiano Ronaldo, philanthropist
Blood donor
2018: Ronaldo goes to Juventus
Italy's SuperCup
Tax fraud in Spain
Ronaldo made a deal
2020: Ronaldo declared Player of the Century
2021: topscorer at the European Championship football
CR7 is at it again!
Ronaldo was born in a poor family

Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal on February 5, 1985. He was the fourth son of a poor family. His mother was a cook at a school and his father was a gardener.

Ronaldo's first football clubs

He started playing at the age of 8 in the youth ranks of Clube Futebol Andorinha de Santo António, in one of the humblest neighbourhoods on the island. Two years later, he went to Clube Desportivo Nacional.

Coaches gave Ronaldo extra food

Ronaldo's slim posture was a cause for concern on the part of the coaches. They even fed the player after training.

Always playing ball

Cristiano Ronaldo's family was not well liked in the neighbourhood. His parents allowed Cristiano to make noise in the street until late, playing ball. Teachers also complained about his performance at school.

Going to the city

In August 1997, Cristiano Ronaldo boarded a plane bound for Lisbon in search of his great dream. He went to play with Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting Lisboa).

A poor boy in Sporting

Upon arriving in Lisbon, Cristiano Ronaldo stayed at the club's residence, inside the old Alvalade stadium. A roommate from that time told the Portuguese website 'Sábado' that the only thing the player had in his closet was a family photo.

Cristiano Ronaldo, bullied

During his first months at Sporting, Ronaldo was bullied because of his Madeiran accent and his poor background. His parents never allowed him to return to the island, because he was the family's only hope.

He persisted

As a teenager, when he joined Sporting, Cristiano Ronaldo even picked up the balls in the first team games to earn some money. He was also responsible for taking the trash cart out of the stadium, which was the reason for jokes made by colleagues.

Dolores Aveiro, a great mother

Dolores Aveiro is an unconditional advocate of her son. With Cristiano Ronaldo's success as a player, her life has changed completely. In January 2019, the matriarch launched a line of wines and oils with her own name.

Dolores Aveiro, the fighter

Cristiano Ronaldo's mother has been facing cancer since 2017, but she is still struggling to overcome it, in the same way that she used to struggle to support her family and cope with the alcoholism of her late husband.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Felipe Scolari

The former Portuguese coach Felipe Scolari spares no praise when it comes to the player. In an interview with Zero Zero, he said: "He's one of the toughest (players) I've ever seen, one of the people most dedicated to playing soccer I've ever met in my life."

Everything for the Portuguese team

Felipe Scolari summoned Cristiano Ronaldo to play against Russia on September 6, 2005, the same night Ronaldo received the news of his father's death. He wanted to start the match anyway.

Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo won his first Champions League in 2008 when he played for Manchester United. In England, he was the first player to win the top four PFA and FWA awards.

CR7

Ronaldo had been signed by Manchester United in 2003. When he joined the club, he asked for the No28 but received the No7. This motivated him to honor the number. Since then, he has been known as CR7.

Moving to Real Madrid

In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo was transferred to Real Madrid for 94 million euros, the most expensive signing in soccer history to date.

Star of Real Madrid

At Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo became the club's all-time leading scorer with 461 goals. He broke almost 30 records and individual scores.

Ronaldo, championship winner

During Ronaldo's time at Real Madrid, the club won:
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017
- UEFA Champions League: 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
- UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2017
- Spanish Championship: 2011-12, 2016-17
- King's Cup: 2010-11, 2013-14
- Spanish Supercup: 2012, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo's net worth

His obsession with being the best made him a star. and by 2015 he was the richest footballer in the world with a net worth estimated at 210 million euros ($260 million).

Read more: the highest-paid football players in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo's awards

More than 50 awards have been given to the player throughout his career. Among the most important are the Golden Ball, won in 2013, 2014, 2008, 2016 and 2017. He also received the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award for the season 2016/2017.

(Next to him on the photo: the female player of the year, Lieke Martens)

Cristiano Ronaldo: his own style

Apart from his talent, the player's vanity is famous. He likes to be fashionable and well-groomed at all times. For important events, the player chooses elegant, custom-made suits.

Nothing out of place

Ronaldo has a daily exercise routine to maintain his body with only 7% body fat and 50% muscle mass, according to medical tests in 2018. He does not drink alcohol or smoke.

The statue on Madeira Island

The player was honoured with a statue in Funchal, Madeira Island, the city where he was born. Ever since it was inaugurated, tourists have been taking funny pictures with the statue.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk

The player has always been discreet in his romances. Publicly, he dated the Russian model Irina Shayk for 5 years (2010-2015).

Irina, the one that got away?

In 2018, The Sun reported that the player had confessed to friends that he still liked Irina. He also allegedly said that he was jealous of her with her current husband, actor Bradley Cooper.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez

In 2017, the player started a relationship with Spanish dancer Georgina Rodriguez. In the same year, they had a daughter, Alana.

A close family

Alana was not Ronaldo's first child. His first son, Cristiano Ronaldo Júnior, was born in 2010. The identity of his biological mother was never revealed.

One big family

In 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo fathered twins: Matteo and Eva. They were conceived through a surrogate. Georgina took care of Cristiano Ronaldo's four children, with the help of the athlete's mother.

Cristiano Ronaldo loves children

Cristiano Ronaldo has always paid special attention to small fans. In 2017, he published a tribute to a Mexican boy who had died in the Mexican earthquake, as well as to all the victims of the event.

Cristiano Ronaldo, philanthropist

The star makes good use of his money and donates large amounts to charitable causes. He has already paid for treatments and operations for sick children and even visits children's hospitals. In addition, he helps provide schooling to children in Palestine and aid for victims of hunger in Africa. Finally, remembering his homeland, Ronaldo donated a good amount of money to alleviate the damage caused by the fires on Madeira Island in 2016.

Blood donor

Although he is a fashionable player, Ronaldo does not have tattoos all over his body, like other football players do. He is a regular blood donor. And, as he emphasized during a recent press conference, he prefers water over soda drinks.

2018: Ronaldo goes to Juventus

In July 2018, the Italian club Juventus announced the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo for four seasons. The price was 100 million euros. The news was greeted with euphoria by the Italian club's fans, who were already celebrating Juventus' qualification for the Champions League semi-final.

Italy's SuperCup

With Cristiano Ronaldo in the team, Juventus won the Italian Super Cup in 2018.The Portuguese player was indispensable for Juventus to win the championship.

Tax fraud in Spain

The news was not always positive for Ronaldo. In 2017, the Spanish Public Prosecutor accused him of concealing almost 15 million euros ($18.5 million) in revenues from image rights over the years 2011-2014. In Spain, someone could get up to 2 years in prison and a fine of 18.8 million euros for such a crime.

Ronaldo made a deal

The player made a deal with the Spanish Ministry of Treasury and had to pay about 19 million euros for tax offences. The prison sentence was converted into a fine.

2020: Ronaldo declared Player of the Century

After many great years in Madrid, the EuroCup with Portugal in 2016, Juventus in Italy, and numerous awards, Ronaldo has now won a most honorable title: Player of the Century. Of course, there's still quite a few years left in the 21st century, but at least he left behind Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, and Ronaldinho for the past two decades. A great honor indeed.

2021: topscorer at the European Championship football

In its first game of the European tournament, Ronaldo's Portuguese team beat Hungary with 3-0. Since two out of those three goals were his, Ronaldo managed to get the record number of eleven goals over five continental tournaments behind his name.

 

CR7 is at it again!

It's quite a feat in and of itself to compete in five tournaments, from 2004 to 2020 (which is played in 2021). To be the top scorer in those championships by a large margin only makes CR7's achievement more impressive.

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