- Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro – # 100 Fun Facts
- Cristiano Ronaldo Date of Birth – Full name and Early Years
- Football Career of Cristiano Ronaldo
- 8) Ronaldo’s Debut
- 9) Liverpool vs. Manchester United
- 10) No. 7
- 11) First Goal of Cristiano Ronaldo
- 12) Joining Real Madrid
- 13) Field Position And Team
- 14) The Majestic Flying Winger
- 15) Real Madrid Vs. Manchester United
- 16) Barcelona And Ronaldo
- 17) On Selection For Manchester United
- 18) Fergie On Ronaldo 7
- 19) Fergie On Re-signing Ronaldo
- 20) Confidence On Joining Manchester United
- 21) Most Expensive And Highest Paid
- Accolades Cristiano Ronaldo
- 22) Four Awards In One Year
- 23) Madame Tussauds
- 24) Broke Maradona’s Record
- 25) Statue in Portugal
- 26) European Golden Shoe
- 27) Forbes Lists
- 28) Best Young Player
- 29) 10 Million-Plus Facebook Fans
- 30) 40 Goals In A Single Season
- 31) 100th Cap For Portugal
- 32) Champions League Top Scorer
- 33) 1000th Manchester United Goal
- Cristiano Ronaldo: Other Work
- Cristiano Ronaldo Charity
- Cristiano Ronaldo Relationships
- Personal Life of Cristiano Ronaldo
- Cristiano Ronaldo Personality
- 47) ‘I Know I’m The Best’
- 48) ‘Crybaby’
- 49) No Shirt Swap With Israeli Captain
- 50) David Beckham On Ronaldo
- 51) Sir Alex Ferguson On Ronaldo
- 52) Ian Holloway On Ronaldo
- 53) Sir Bobby Charlton On Ronaldo
- 54) No Tattoos
- 55) Luis Figo On Ronaldo
- 56) Quarrels With Referees
- 57) Short-Tempered
- 58) Free Kicks
- 59) Brazilian Ronaldo On Cristiano Ronaldo
- 60) Cristiano Ronaldo Dribbling
- 61) Wanting To Be Normal Sometimes
- 62) He’s So Vain?
- 63) Arrogant Ronaldo
- 64) Amazing Young Footballer
- Cristiano Ronaldo Preferences
- Cristiano Ronaldo Inspirational
- Other facts about Cristiano Ronaldo
- 81) National Level Performance
- 82) 2005 Arrest
- 83) Heads Up With Cristiano
- 84) Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘Tested to the Limit’
- 85) Most Dangerous Footballer Online
- 86) CR7…
- 87) Lucky No. 7
- 88) Improving Speed
- 89) Luiz Felipe Scolari
- 90) ‘Diving Queen’
- 91) Alan Parry On Ronaldo
- 92) Ronaldo On Sir Alex Ferguson
- 93) Denzel Washington
- 94) Biggest Ambition
- 95) Libel Payout
- 96) Ronaldo Lookalike
- 97) Leg Insurance
- Present Day
Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro – # 100 Fun Facts
Cristiano Ronaldo Date of Birth – Full name and Early Years
1) Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
The famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro came into this world on Feb. 5, 1985.
He was born in Madeira, Portugal, to Maria and José and is the youngest of four kids.
2) Family Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was born in a neighborhood of Funchal called Santo Antonio.
His mother was a cook by profession while his father worked as a gardener for the municipality.
His three older siblings are a brother Hugo and sisters Elma and Liliana.
3) Named for U.S. President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan was the U.S. president at the time of Ronaldo’s birth.
Reagan was an actor previously and was José’s favorite actor.
That is why he named his youngest son after him.
Ronaldo is Ronald’s Portuguese form.
4) Poor and Deprived
Cristiano Ronaldo came from a very poor family.
Both his parents worked to make ends meet.
According to him, he had a deprived childhood as the family could not afford to have any of the luxuries that he now does not even give a second thought to.
He is now living a complete opposite life to what he did when he was a child.
Since age 8, Cristiano Ronaldo had a passion for football.
He started playing for his town’s local club called Nacional by the time he turned 10.
His talent did not take very long to be discovered and he was given an opportunity to play for one of the biggest football clubs in Portugal, Sporting Lisbon.
He was only 11 at that time.
By 16, he was a professional footballer, ready to take on the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he was not the best of students in school.
He said, “I was not thick but I was not interested in school.
I was expelled after I threw a chair at the teacher.”
His mother then decided that maybe Ronaldo was not cut out for school and should just concentrate on football.
7) Heart Surgery at 15
Ronaldo had a heart condition when he was younger.
At 15, he had heart surgery and after treatment, it allowed him to run faster.
According to his mother, “His heart raced a lot when he wasn’t running.
They used a sort of laser to cauterize the source of the problem.
He was operated on in the morning and came out at the end of the afternoon.”
Football Career of Cristiano Ronaldo
8) Ronaldo’s Debut
Cristiano Ronaldo made his career debut in 2002 in a game against Moreirense, where all eyes were on him.
Soon he started being recognized in Europe and made his European debut against Inter Milan.
His international debut was a year later on August 20, 2003, when Portugal played against Kazakhstan.
9) Liverpool vs. Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo, before he joined Manchester United, wanted to go to Liverpool Football Club.
However, in 2002, Liverpool thought he was not good enough and did not sign him.
A year later, Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United had a friendly match where Sir Alex Ferguson spotted young Cristiano.
According to him, “At half-time I knew I had to sign this boy.
He was sensational.”
10) No. 7
Cristiano Ronaldo took the No. 7 shirt after David Beckham left Manchester United.
At first, he was quite hesitant to take the number of the World’s Sexiest Man but when he finally did upon joining Manchester United, it was then that he won FIFA World’s Best Player award.
11) First Goal of Cristiano Ronaldo
In 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United.
His first goal for the club was against Portsmouth, which he scored on a free kick on November 1, 2003.
12) Joining Real Madrid
On June 26, 2009, Real Madrid announced that Cristiano Ronaldo would be playing for them as of July 1, 2009.
This transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid was worth £80 million, which also gave Ronaldo the title of world’s most expensive footballer.
13) Field Position And Team
Cristiano Ronaldo is a right/left winger and striker/forward, who currently plays for Real Madrid.
He is also the captain of the Portuguese international team.
14) The Majestic Flying Winger
In 2012, Cristiano Ronaldo, also known as the Majestic Flying Winger, became the fastest player in the Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid to reach 100 goals.
He broke the record of Ferenc Puskas, who had 100 goals in 105 games.
The new record that Ronaldo set was 101 goals in 92 games.
15) Real Madrid Vs. Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo compared the two clubs that he played for and said, ‘”I believe things will go well.
In my opinion Real Madrid have a better team, but we have to show that on the pitch because United are a very united team and always have been in recent years.
They’re a team that always do well, every year they’re at the top and therefore a team we respect a lot.”
16) Barcelona And Ronaldo
It has been claimed that in 2003, Barcelona was interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo and almost did.
Barcelona’s ex-president Joan Laporta said in an interview, “(Agent Jorge) Mendes offered him to us, for even cheaper than to Manchester United, due to some transfers we had done for him, including Deco.
But at that moment we did not have the resources after signing Ronaldinho, (Rafael) Marquez and (Ricardo) Quaresma.”
17) On Selection For Manchester United
When Ronaldo was chosen for Manchester United and the contract deal was confirmed, it was a very happy moment for the football superstar.
He said, “I am very happy to be signing for the best team in the world, and I’m especially proud to be the first Portuguese ever to join Manchester United.”
18) Fergie On Ronaldo 7
With Cristiano having his doubts about taking the No. 7 shirt, Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson had no hesitation.
According to him, “We’ve had some fantastic number 7s, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, some wouldn’t want the jersey but his confidence was high even at 18.
When he made his debut as substitute against Bolton he took the place by storm.”
19) Fergie On Re-signing Ronaldo
Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson has always been fond of Cristiano Ronaldo.
And it is reported that he wants to re-sign him for ManU.
According to former footballer and TV pundit Gary Pallister, “I know for sure that Sir Alex would love to have Ronaldo back at Old Trafford.
To be honest, I didn’t think it would be likely, especially this summer, but I’m coming round to it now.
A lot depends on whether Jose Mourinho stays at Real, but, if not, Ronaldo could be tempted into a return.”
20) Confidence On Joining Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo was confident that he deserved a place in Manchester United.
He said, “Lots of young players have triumphed at United, so why can’t it happen to me? I’m not worried I’m young – it’s an incentive to do the best I can.”
21) Most Expensive And Highest Paid
In 2009, when Ronaldo transferred clubs from Manchester United to Real Madrid, he became the most expensive footballer in the world and the history of football.
This move was worth £80 million.
He gets about 11 million Euros per year from Real Madrid, which also makes him one of the highest paid footballers.
His contract has a 1-billion Euro buyout clause.
Accolades Cristiano Ronaldo
22) Four Awards In One Year
Cristiano Ronaldo is the only footballer who got all of football’s four major awards within the same year.
In 2007, Ronaldo was given the World Soccer Player of the Year, FIFA World Player of the Year, FIFPro Player of the Year and Onze d’Or awards.
23) Madame Tussauds
Cristiano Ronaldo made his Madame Tussauds debut in 2010 just around the time of the 2010 Football World Cup.
Ronaldo’s wax figure is worth £150,000.
According to the footballer himself, “I have been excited ever since the Madame Tussauds team came to measure me for my wax figure.
I cannot wait to see the finished figure in person!”
24) Broke Maradona’s Record
Cristiano Ronaldo broke Diego Maradona’s record for attracting the biggest crowd the day he was presented.
In 1984, Maradona attracted an audience of 75,000 whereas when Ronaldo was presented as a Real Madrid player, the number of fans neared 80,000.
25) Statue in Portugal
In May 2010, Portugal unveiled a giant statue of Cristiano Ronaldo in the heart of Lisbon.
The sculpture is 10 meters in height and was placed in the Columbus Commercial Centre.
The statue was actually placed in Madrid but was brought over to Lisbon for the 2010 World Cup.
26) European Golden Shoe
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first winger ever to win the European Golden Shoe Awards in 2007/2008.
He won his second Golden Shoe in 2010/2011, which he donated to support Palestinian children.
He sold the boot for one million Euros through his club’s charity and donated the money raised for schools in Gaza.
27) Forbes Lists
According to Forbes, as of June 2012 Cristiano Ronaldo was worth $42.5 million per year.
He was the world’s ninth highest-paid athlete and was ranked 44 in the celebrity 100 Forbes List.
Also, he rankedNo. 7 in the Forbes Press List and No. 5 onthe Forbes Social List.
28) Best Young Player
In 2006, Ronaldo was to be awarded the Best Young Player trophy.
However, before he was actually presented the award, his link to Wayne Rooney’s red card cost him his precious award.
Supporters of the English footballer bombarded the board with emails and petitions against Ronaldo.
Therefore, the title was withdrawn.
29) 10 Million-Plus Facebook Fans
In 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first non-American ever to cross ten million fans on Facebook.
Currently Ronaldo has more than 120 million fans on the social networking website.
This makes him the athlete with the most fans in the world.
30) 40 Goals In A Single Season
Ronaldo holds the record for scoring the most goals per minute in La Liga.
He is also the first European League player to score 40 goals in one season for two consecutive years.
According to Wikipedia he is “‘the first player ever to score against every team in a single season in La Liga.”
31) 100th Cap For Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo earned his 100th Cap for Portugal in October 2012.
This made him the third-youngest European footballer to get 100 caps.
He earned this title against Northern Ireland.
This is again one of those titles which make him one of the greatest players in the world.
32) Champions League Top Scorer
Cristiano Ronaldo holds the title of being Champions League Top Scorer this year as he has pocketed 11 goals and hopes to add more.
Moreover, during his time in Real Madrid he has an average one goal per game with 196 goes in his 193 match appearances.
33) 1000th Manchester United Goal
One of the most unforgettable moments in Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United career was the goal he scored in October 2005.
This was no ordinary goal! It was Manchester United’s 1000th goal which he scored in a game against Middlesbrough.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Other Work
34) A Man Of Fashion – CR7
One of the richest footballers in the world is also very fashion forward and stays up to date with what is in and what is out.
He also has two boutiques named after him, CR7.
The first one was opened in his hometown Funchal and the second one in Lisbon.
He owns these boutiques with his two sisters who are also in charge of their running.
35) Modeling Career
Not only is he the world’s most expensive footballer, he is also quite good-looking.
This is why he has a modeling career too.
He has modeled for brands like Nike, Armani Exchange and Timeforce Watches.
He earns approximately $25 million from modeling, on top of his football earning.
Cristiano Ronaldo Charity
36) Earthquake And Tsunami
Footage of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami showed a child wearing Ronaldo’s No. 7 shirt.
The child’s family was killed during the calamity and he had been on his own for about 20 days.
When Ronaldo found out about this, he started a project to collect funds for the victims.
Ronaldo personally went to Aceh in Indonesia to raise money for the restoration of the city.
37) Mother Diagnosed With Cancer
Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and was treated at a hospital in Madeira.
In 2009, she was declared fully recovered.
As a gesture of thankfulness, Ronaldo donated £100,000 to the hospital so that they could build a specialized cancer department.
38) Save The Children
In January 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo was declared the new Global Artist Ambassador for Save the Children.
As the ambassador, Ronaldo will be helping the organization with child hunger and obesity prevention along with encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
Ronaldo considers it an honor to be given this opportunity.
39) Mangrove Care Forum
In March 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo agreed to help Indonesia help save its mangrove forests.
It was announced that Ronaldo would be the ambassador for the Mangrove Care Forum, which is a Bali-based organization working for conservation of Mangroves in Indonesia.
40) ‘11 For Health’
The one time that rivals Ronaldo and Lionel Messi represented the same team was when they were selected for FIFA’s 11 for Health program.
In December 2012, FIFA selected football’s top 11 players for drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, malaria and obesity awareness causes.
Christian is among those 11 footballers who will help the organization spread the message to youth throughout the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo Relationships
41) Ronaldo And Paris Hilton
In 2008, Ronaldo was in Los Angeles on a business trip when he ran into the U.S.heiress and celebrity Paris Hilton.
According to reports, Paris tried desperately to catch his attention but he was in no mood to give it to her.
But later on reports emerged that the two spent a couple of days in each other’s company in 2009 where Ronaldo looked nothing like the not-interested type from 2008.
However, the pair did not last very long and went their separate ways the same year.
42) Ronaldo And Kim Kardashian
Other than being a footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo is also known as a ladies’ man.
In 2010, he linked up with another American celebrity socialite, Kim Kardashian, who was also a friend of Paris Hilton’s.
Kim and Ronaldo met in Spain but once again it was a short-lived relationship that almost as soon as it started.
43) Ronaldo And Irina Shayk
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in and out of many relationships.
But to date, his longest relationship has been with Russian model Irina Shayk.
The couple met during an Armani Exchange campaign, as Ronaldo also models for the brand, and have been together since 2010.
Ronaldo has been caught in rumors and scandals randomly but his relationship with Irina is still going strong.
Personal Life of Cristiano Ronaldo
44) Cristiano Ronaldo, Father’s Death
Cristiano’s father died in 2005 and the news was devastating for the star footballer.
In September 2012 when Madrid won 3-0 against Granada, Ronaldo did not celebrate his two goals and said:
“I am sad and the club knows it, that’s why I didn’t celebrate the goals. The people in the club know why.”
It was later revealed that this was near his father’s death anniversary.
José Dinis Aveiro died of alcoholism and it was then that Ronaldo vowed not to touch alcohol again.
But there have been reports of him being spotted drinking gin and juice.
45) Cristiano Ronaldo Junior
On July 3, 2010, Ronaldo became father to a baby boy who is named Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.
Cristiano is the child’s sole custodian and requested press and fans to give him privacy in this matter.
The mother’s identity was not disclosed.
46) Ronaldo On Ronaldo Junior
Ronaldo said on his son’s birth, “It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy.
As agreed with the baby’s mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential, my son will be under my exclusive guardianship.
No further information will be provided on this subject and I request everyone to fully respect my right to privacy (and that of the child) at least on issues as personal as these are.”
Cristiano Ronaldo Personality
47) ‘I Know I’m The Best’
Cristiano Ronaldo without a doubt is a very confident footballer.
And this confidence comes from his belief in himself.
He does not have any doubts about himself and knows exactly what he is capable of.
One quote that he is always heard saying is, “I know I’m the best.”
Ronaldo is often referred to as “crybaby.”
This is because he cried every time he lost.
According to him and his family, he cannot tolerate defeat.
He hates to lose and during his childhood, he cried every time someone could not score when he made a pass.
49) No Shirt Swap With Israeli Captain
Cristiano Ronaldo has been heard expressing his support for Palestine but this was made clear on the day he came face-to-face with Israel in March 2013.
At the end of the game it is a ritual to swap shirts but this did not happen in the above-mentioned game as Ronaldo walked straight off the field and snubbed the Israeli player.
This caused a huge uproar among his fans and also caused a lot of negative remarks.
50) David Beckham On Ronaldo
In an interview David Beckham compared Messi and Ronaldo and said, “While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both better than the rest, Ronaldo doesn’t reach the level of Messi.
They can have similarities in their technical skills and talent, and it is hallucinating for football to have them both present, but Messi is simply the best player in the world.”
51) Sir Alex Ferguson On Ronaldo
When Ronaldo left Manchester United for Real Madrid, speculations arose on how he might have betrayed Manchester United.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson said of him, “You’ve got to remember he came at 17 and really developed himself here as a great footballer.
We’re proud of the part we played in his career.
He’s improved as a footballer and his record at Real Madrid is incredible.”
52) Ian Holloway On Ronaldo
“The kid makes you sick.
He looks the part, he walks the part, he is the part.
He’s six foot something, fit as a flea, good looking – he’s got to have something wrong with him…hopefully he’s hung like a hamster! That would make us all feel better!”
53) Sir Bobby Charlton On Ronaldo
“He does things I have never seen from any other player and it really is marvelous to watch.
It takes a great player to grab the bull by the horns and make things happen, but he has done it repeatedly.
He has been even better than people here thought he would be and that’s saying something.”
54) No Tattoos
Cristiano Ronaldo is famous for being arrogant and proud but he also has a humble side to his personality.
The footballer does not have any tattoos on his body.
This is because he donates blood regularly, twice a year.
55) Luis Figo On Ronaldo
“He’s a technical footballer who is quick and brave too.
He is not intimidated by the other players around him.
A lot of people maybe thought he was too young for the jump and he was destined for a place on the bench from the start.
But he has shown that is not the case and has taken advantage of his chances.
I thought asking Cristiano Ronaldo to wear David Beckham’s number would be too much, but I hope things continue to work out as they have so far.”
56) Quarrels With Referees
Cristiano Ronaldo has hardly ever been involved in fights and brawls.
However, on field one would often see him in a tiff with the referees and players.
The star footballer is known for being grumpy and sometimes this becomes obvious in his game too.
Cristiano Ronaldo is famous for being temperamental and that reflects in his games as well as the way he manages his team.
Some people criticize this as a bad quality as he is usually indifferent to any issues within his team.
As a leader,he should keep that in mind.
58) Free Kicks
He may be the one of the best footballers in the world but he still needs to master one skill: free kicks.
It has been noted that Ronaldo tries to copy Roberto Carlos when it comes to his free kicks.
He needs to concentrate more and hit the ball with less aggression so the ball ends up in the goal rather than in the crowd.
59) Brazilian Ronaldo On Cristiano Ronaldo
The famous Brazilian footballer Ronaldo thinks very highly of his Portuguese namesake but has his reservations about him at the same time.
“I would say Messi [is the world’s best player] because he is a little bit better than Cristiano.
But I would also add that Cristiano has had unbelievably bad luck.
He would have been the best player in the world in many other eras, but he has coincided with another of the game’s greats.”
60) Cristiano Ronaldo Dribbling
Cristiano Ronaldo is also known for his dribbling skills.
It is widely known that he is a fast footballer and handles the ball well.
Another interesting fact is that he is skilled enough to be able to play with both feet.
He also has an extraordinary kicking ability.
61) Wanting To Be Normal Sometimes
Cristiano Ronaldo loves being a footballer and a famous one.
However, there is one thing that he does not like about his fame.
According to him, everyone is entitled to their privacy and because he is so famous now it “deprives” him of a normal life without people recognizing him wherever he goes.
62) He’s So Vain?
Ronaldo is said to be a vain man who is aware of his good looks.
It was reported earlier this year that the handsome footballer spends at least half an hour in front of the mirror before he leaves his house.
When questioned about this, Ronaldo denied the claims and said it is just a rumor and he never spends more than a minute fixing his hair.
63) Arrogant Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has been ranked among the top 20 most arrogant footballers in the world.
It has been pointed out numerous times that Ronaldo is very arrogant and it might cost him his career and reputation.
This still has not made any differences in Ronaldo’s behavior, but neither has it tarnished his career so far.
He should keep his fingers crossed!
64) Amazing Young Footballer
Ronaldo always knew he was a good footballer.
Even at the age of 11 he was great with the ball and had amazing footwork.
When he was at Sporting Lisbon, his coach admired his skills and once said, “When he got the ball he went past two or three players.
At the end of the game the players gathered around him, they knew he was a special kid.”
Cristiano Ronaldo Preferences
Cristiano Ronaldo has a tough job because being a footballer, and one of the world’s most famous and expensive ones, he has to stay fit and look his best.
He loves to eat, however, and needs to keep his habits in check.
His favorite food is any type of fish especially made the Portuguese way.
He prefers fruit and natural fruit juices for dessert rather than going for sugary puddings.
66) Favorite Pastimes
Whenever Cristiano Ronaldo has free time, he likes to make the most of it.
He loves going to the movies.
If not that, he likes to listen to music and go for long walks.
The footballer also craves some me-time and says that whenever he gets a chance, he likes to have some quiet time to himself as well.
67) Heroes And Idols
As a child, Cristiano Ronaldo idolized Argentinean football star Diego Maradona.
He is one of those players who inspired young Ronaldo to play football.
As he grew up, just like his football skills, his idols also increased and Luis Figo and Thierry Henry were added to his list of favorite footballers.
68) Apple Crumble & Custard
In an interview after Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United to join Real Madrid, he was asked what he missed most about the United Kingdom.
Upon this he replied how he loved that at Man U, they were always served after-dinner desserts.
He looked forward to them the most, and the one thing he misses about the UK is their apple crumble and custard, not a person or a place.
69) Ferrari Crash
In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo crashed his £150,000 red Ferrari sports car on his way to training near Manchester Airport.
The footballer escaped unhurt.
When asked about the crash and how precious his car was to him, he replied that money and material things are not important to him and he is thankful that he and his legs are fine.
Nothing is more important than health and life.
70) Fond Of Actresses
Ronaldo likes to watch movies, and as everyone knows, he likes women as well.
Apart from the women in his life, Ronaldo’s favorite actresses are Angelina Jolie and Drew Barrymore.
Some people even say that Ronaldo’s current girlfriend Irina looks like Angelina Jolie and that is one reason why the footballer is so crazy about her.
71) Mike Tyson
Cristiano Ronaldo is a huge fan of boxing great Mike Tyson.
And in the same way Mike Tyson is an even bigger Ronaldo fan.
In 2011, Mike Tyson sent Ronaldo a gift; it contained boxing gloves signed by Tyson, which said, “To Cristiano #7, Mike Tyson.”
And in turn Ronaldo wrote, “Thanks Mike Tyson for this great gift.
You are a legend.”
72) Ricky Martin
Cristiano Ronaldo loves music just like he loves football, fashion and women.
He disclosed in an interview that his favorite singer is Ricky Martin and that he owns every album that the singer ever released.
According to Ronaldo, “Ricky’s tunes are very catchy.
‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ is his most catchy by far and it is my most favorite.”
The star footballer has a love for food and cooking.
He is health conscious and likes to cook for himself when he has time.
According to him, he prefers preparing the meal before leaving for training every day so once he gets back he can relax in front of the TV with a nice homemade meal, that is, when he has the time!
74) Car Crazy
Cristiano Ronaldo also has a craze for automobiles.
He has had 19 cars in total in his football career which included a Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Audi R8, Lamborghini, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Bugatti and Mercedes.
Cristiano Ronaldo Inspirational
75) On Money And Motivation
In an interview with The Sun, Ronaldo was asked about the importance of money in his life.
He said, “I’m not going to say I don’t care about the money.
Money is important, of course.
But it is not the most important, it is not my priority.
Maybe when I was young at Sporting Lisbon it was – they didn’t pay me good and I wanted to buy this and that.
But when you get to a certain point in life the money doesn’t give you motivation.
It is not the money that gives me the motivation to play or train every day and try my best all the time.”
76) Best Thing About Ronaldo
During the same interview, Ronaldo was asked what he thinks is the best thing about him.
The answer was a pretty humble one, “To be able to do what I love to do and be happy about my life.
I have a great life and a great family.”
This shows that being the richest footballer does not take “being human” away from a person.
He is still a human being and thinks normally.
77) Family Comes First
Ronaldo always tries to keep his personal life separate from his life in the limelight even though the press is always trying to get as much information about what is going on his life as possible.
However, for Ronaldo, family comes first.
In an interview he said, “I don’t speak about my private life.
I simply don’t talk about it.
I don’t show off and I don’t hide.
Whoever wants to talk can talk.
Whoever wants readers, can write.
I don’t care.”
He has admitted that the credit for his success goes to his family.
No matter how arrogant, rude or proud people might call Cristiano Ronaldo, one fact that everyone would agree upon is his professionalism.
From his coaches to his fellow players, friends and family, everyone can vouch that he has a great work ethic and principles, which are an illustration of his professionalism.
79) Messi Vs. Ronaldo
When asked about his constant comparison to Messi, Ronaldo said in an interview, “Some people say I’m better, other people say it’s him, but at the end of the day, they’re going to decide who is the best player.
Sometimes it makes me tired.
For him too, because they compare us together all the time.
You cannot compare a Ferrari with a Porsche because it’s a different engine.
You cannot compare them.
He does the best things for Barcelona, I do the best things for Madrid.
I think we push each other sometimes in the competition, this is why the competition is so high.”
80) Perfectionist? Or Not?
“I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well.
More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans, but also to feel satisfied with myself.
It is my conviction that there are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.”
Other facts about Cristiano Ronaldo
81) National Level Performance
Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance internationally has been subject to a lot of applause.
However, his national level performance has not been so good.
According to Maradona, “As good as he is with Real Madrid, he often seems frustrated at the national level, as if he was surrounded by players who do little to assist him.”
82) 2005 Arrest
Cristiano Ronaldo was arrested in October 2005 on charges of rape.
However, he was released a month later when the charges were dropped as enough evidence was not available.
Ronaldo also denied the allegations.
He said upon release, “I have always strongly maintained my innocence of any wrongdoing and I am glad that this matter is at an end so that I can concentrate on playing for Manchester United.”
83) Heads Up With Cristiano
Cristiano Ronaldo launched an iPhone game named “Heads Up with Cristiano” in 2011.
It is a free application to download on Apple mobile devices.
According to a website,“The goal of ‘Heads Up with Cristiano Ronaldo’ is to line up at least three of the same color soccer balls in a row to make them disappear before the balls fall below the line.
The task is carried out by ‘heading’ each ball upwards using a finger swipe.”
84) Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘Tested to the Limit’
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Global Brand Ambassador for Castrol and in September 2011 the footballer’s skills were tested through a documentary called “Tested to The Limit.”
During the documentary, Ronaldo was put through a set of various tests that examined his skills, agility, strength and mental toughness.
It was reported that the tests were so rigorous that they left Ronaldo really exhausted.
85) Most Dangerous Footballer Online
In July 2012, McAfee announced a list of “11 riskiest footballers” in the online world.
According to their list, Cristiano Ronaldo came out to be the “most dangerous” footballer in cyberspace.
Their report said that people looking up Ronaldo’s information, photographs, news, etc., are at the most risk of getting online threats.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also known as CR7, CR9 and Ronnie, which are his nicknames.
He is known as CR7 because he wore the No. 7 shirt for Manchester United and CR are his initials.
When he moved to Real Madrid his number changed to 9 and therefore, CR7 evolved to CR9.
87) Lucky No. 7
Cristiano Ronaldo’s lucky number is 7.
And when he was signed by Manchester United in 2003 and David Beckham’s No. 7 shirt was available, he did have his reservations about taking it but later on was very happy.
88) Improving Speed
Cristiano Ronaldo is fast.
His opponents, coach, fellow players, everyone knows he is hard to catch.
What he used to do to improve his speed was to train with weight on his feet one by one and dribble.
He was confident that this would definitely work as without weights he would be able to dribble faster.
89) Luiz Felipe Scolari
Brazilian football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari compared the two Ronaldos (Brazilian and Portuguese) and said, “I hoped Cristiano would be as good one day.
He just doesn’t stop, no matter how much you demand of him.”
90) ‘Diving Queen’
Cristiano Ronaldo is also called the “Diving Queen” as he is fast and it is almost impossible to catch him.
He is a sprinter.
His tackling skills are so high that he almost forgets about his surroundings and continues playing his game, putting himself in trouble that urges him to dive and sometimes wound opponents.
He said, “I wouldn’t want to injure anybody.
I’m not that type of person. I’m not a bad person.
I only want to shine by playing football.”
91) Alan Parry On Ronaldo
The BBC Sports commentator once said of Ronaldo, “He’s a gift from heaven, he is truly a gift from heaven.
Whatever he touches turns to gold.”
92) Ronaldo On Sir Alex Ferguson
It is quite well known and obvious that Cristiano Ronaldo admires Sir Alex Ferguson.
At one occasion, he said, “I arrived at United at just 18 years old and he taught me how to grow up properly in the football world.
Who better? He has so much experience – 1,000 players have passed through his hands.”
93) Denzel Washington
In a recent tete-a-tete with his fans, Cristiano Ronaldo was asked who he would like to play his role if his life was turned into a movie.
Cristiano said that if he ever got an opportunity to choose an actor to play him, he would pick Denzel Washington.
He admits that Denzel is his favorite actor.
94) Biggest Ambition
In an answer to a question about his biggest aspiration in football, Ronaldo said, “My biggest ambition is to be on the top all the time.
I think that’s the most difficult challenge I could have set for myself and I hope I can be on the top for many years.”
95) Libel Payout
In 2008, The Daily Telegraph claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo in July had put his injured ankle at risk when he put his crutches aside to dance in an LA nightclub.
In 2010, they admitted that the allegations against Ronaldo were untrue and paid an undisclosed amount to the footballer.
Once the drama was over, Ronaldo said, “I take enormous pride in my professionalism.
I treat my training and recovery from injury very seriously and would never have drunk and danced in a nightclub without my crutches.”
96) Ronaldo Lookalike
In March this year, Cristiano Ronaldo got a chance to meet a real-life lookalike.
The two have great resemblance, although the lookalike, a Turkish national, is a smaller version of Ronaldo.
The two met when Ronaldo visited Istanbul.
97) Leg Insurance
After a knee injury that Ronaldo suffered in 2009, Real Madrid made sure that they were covered and insured his legs for $144 million, equivalent to £90 million.
According to a Spanish newspaper, “Real Madrid is attempting to protect themselves in case Cristiano, 24, ever gets seriously injured during a soccer match.”
98) Extension of Contract with Real Madrid
With claims flying around everywhere about Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid and going back to Manchester United, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez assured everyone that they are looking to extend their contract with him.
He said in a recent interview, “Keep calm, we are going to renew with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The club is going to pay him.”
On the other hand Sir Alex Ferguson also wants Cristiano back.
The competition is tough!
Today, Cristiano Ronaldo is playing for Juventus.
99) Recent Injury
Ronaldo recently suffered a leg injury in April due to a muscle sprain.
He was sent to the benches for a La Liga game.
Real Madrid lost the match but they were expecting Ronaldo “the talisman” to make a comeback in the second leg game on following Tuesday.
100) Cristiano Ronaldo On Becoming the World’s Best Player
“There is no harm in dreaming of becoming the world’s best player.
It’s all about trying to be the best.
I will keep working hard to achieve it, but it is within my capabilities.”