Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on February 5, 1985, in
Madeira, Portugal to Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Diniz
Aveiro. Cristiano has an elder brother, Hugo and two elder sisters, Elma
and Liliana Cátia. His name was inspired by the former US-president,
Ronald Reagan, whom his father was influenced by.
The island of
Madeira was also the place where Cristiano first learned to master his
skills as a footballer. He spent his early years playing for his local
team, Nacional, and by the time he turned 12 years old, he already made
his name for himself as one of Madeira's top footballers . It wasn't
long before he started to catch the attention of other big Portuguese
clubs. Among Sporting was Benfica, a team Cristiano and his father
followed as a young boy. However he eventually chose to play for
Sporting which was a team his mother loved and followed as she was
growing up, to play with the likes of Figo was the dream for her son.
was then spotted by former Liverpool manager, Gerard Houllier at the
age of sixteen but Liverpool had no intentions to sign him at that time
because they thought he was too young and he needed more time to develop
his skills. However, in the summer of 2003, when Sporting played
against Manchester United and defeated them, Cristiano caught the
attention of Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
became Manchester United's first-ever Portuguese player. Initially, he
requested for the number 28 as his jersey number because he didn't feel
that he could live up to the pressure of previous players such as George
Best and David Beckham who wore the number 7 jersey.
2006 to 2008 proved to be a rather controversial year for the star. In
the 2006 World Cup, Cristiano faced accusations regarding his
sportsmanship. In a quarter-final match against England, he was heavily
criticized for sending of his club team mate, Wayne Rooney who was
playing for the England team. It wasn't too long until fans started
accepting Cristiano again. In 2007, he won PFA Young Player of the Year,
PFA Player of the Year, PFA Fans' Player of the Year, Portuguese
Footballer of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, Sir Matt Busby
Player of the Year and Manchester United's Players' Player of the Year.
The year 2008 also saw him taking back the PFA Player Of The Year Award
for the second time running. That same year, Ronaldo also had to deal
with controversies regarding his club transfer to Spanish giants, Real
Madrid. He eventually chose to stay with Manchester United and stressed
to the public that he had no intentions of leaving the club.
Cristiano now lives with his cousin, Nuno and his brother in law Ze.
When he is not on the field, he is a very family oriented person.
Growing up, when he was about to choose football as his career, he said
that it was very difficult for him as that would mean lesser time with
his family, especially his mother, whom he says play a major role in his
During his free time, Cristiano enjoys cooking. He
mentioned in an interview that he usually cooks before he leaves for his
soccer practice. Because he is constantly training, Cristiano rarely
has time to watch TV. If he does get the time to watch, he says he loves
watching one of the local Portuguese game show which is mostly about
trivia questions. Cristiano is an avid learner and he takes interest in
learning new things everyday. Among Cristiano's biggest pet peeves are
smoking, people who don't make an effort and dishonesty.
tsunami hit South East Asia, Cristiano flew to Indonesia to help those
in need. He auctioned off a few stuff to help raise funds for charity.
He hopes to get involved in more charity projects in the future because
he believes his star status will help him reach out to others for help.
~ semoga membantu :) ~