Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese forward who plays for Real Madrid and Portugal and is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time. Ronaldo is a world class finisher and dribbler and he has won several prestigious titles in his career including several Premier League and La Liga titles, one UEFA Champions League, several Copa del Rey and League Cup titles as well as the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year and 2013 Ballon d'Or. Ronaldo's Madrid shirt is the one of the best selling club replica shirts around the globe.
Born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro on February 5th 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. He started playing football with Andorinha when he was only 8 years old and moved onto CD Nacional when ten. He later transferred to Sporting Lisbon where he scored twice on his full club debut. After impressing against Manchester United in the European Cup, Alex Ferguson decided to acquire Ronaldo to fill the void left by the sale of David Beckham to Real Madrid, Cristiano went to the English club for £12.24 million.
Ronaldo was named the fans 2005 FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year. After performing well at the 2006 World Cup, Cristiano angered English fans with some of his on the pitch antics, especially in the game that saw his team mate Wayne Rooney sent off against Portugal. It was thought likely he would leave the club, but this never materialised and Ronaldo is still at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo made his full debut internationally for Portugal in August 2003 and was part of the team that lost to Greece in the 2004 European Championship Final. Since then Ronaldo has become arguably the best Portuguese player of all time breaking several records including the most goals scored by a Portuguese international and the most caps by a Portugal player. Along With Eusebio and Luis Figo Ronaldo is one of the most recognised Portuguese footballers ever.