He’s one of the greatest footballers of all time, and he’s Brazilian. He’s Ronaldo, and he’s here to take your breath away.
Ronaldo – the early years
Ronaldo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his career as a youth player for Fluminense, before signing with Cruzeiro in 1993. He moved to Europe in 1994 after being signed by PSV Eindhoven, and then to FC Barcelona in 1996. After one season at Barcelona, he returned to Brazil to join Internazionale. In 1997, he helped Inter win the UEFA Cup. In 1998, he won the FIFA World Cup with the Brazilian national team. In 1999, he won the Copa America with Brazil.
The making of a legend
Ronaldo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 18, 1976. He was named after the former U.S. president, Ronald Reagan, who was in office at the time of Ronaldo’s birth. Ronaldo grew up in a poor neighborhood of Rio and his father worked as a mechanic. His mother was a housewife who later worked as a cook and cleaner. Ronaldo has two older sisters and one younger brother.
At the age of 14, Ronaldo was diagnosed with a heart condition that required surgery to correct. He nearly died during the operation, but he made a full recovery and went on to become one of the most successful soccer players in history.
Ronaldo began his career with the Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC in 1993. He helped lead the team to victory in the Copa Libertadores, South America’s most prestigious club soccer tournament, in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, at the age of 17, Ronaldo signed with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. He quickly became one of the most popular players in Europe and helped lead PSV to victory in the 1995-96 Dutch league championship
|Full name||Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima|
|Date of birth||18 September 1976|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
Ronaldo – the superstar
Ronaldo is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a striker. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, and was one of the most prolific goal-scorers of his generation. In his prime, he was known for his pace, power, and technical ability. He is also known as “El Fenomeno”, which is Spanish for “The Phenomenon”.
At his best, Ronaldo was simply unstoppable. He could score with either foot, and was capable of creating something out of nothing. He was also an excellent header of the ball and an accurate free-kick taker. In addition to his natural talent, Ronaldo also worked hard to improve his game. He was tireless in training, and always gave 100% on the pitch.
Ronaldo started his career at Cruzeiro, before moving to PSV Eindhoven in 1994. He then signed for Barcelona in 1996, before joining Inter Milan in 1997. In 2002, he moved to Real Madrid for a world record fee of €94 million. He spent six seasons at Madrid, winning two La Liga titles and the Champions League in 2002/03. In 2009, he moved to AC Milan on a season-long loan deal, before returning to Madrid the following year. He then moved to Corinthians in 2010/11, before retiring from football in 2011/12.
Ronaldo – the icon
Ronaldo, full name Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, (born 18 September 1976), is a retired Brazilian footballer. Popularly dubbed “the phenomenon”, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time. A three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and two-time Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldo was a member of Brazil’s legendary 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning team. He spent most of his career as a striker and also had stints playing as a winger and as an attacking midfielder. In his prime, he was an extremely fast player who would regularly score goals thanks to his excellent finishing abilities and ability to get past defenders with ease. He was also an accurate free-kick and penalty taker.
Ronaldo – the philanthropist
In addition to his footballing ability, Ronaldo is also known for his charitable work. In 2009, he founded the Ronaldo Nazario Foundation, which helps children living in poverty. He has also donated money to a number of other charities, including Save the Children and Unicef.
In 2010, Ronaldo was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. He has since made a number of public appearances on behalf of the organisation, and has taken part in a number of fundraising campaigns. In 2012, he was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Ronaldo’s charitable work has been praised by a number of organisations. In 2013, he was given the FIFA Ballon d’Or Award for his work with children, and in 2015 he was awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for his Charity Work.
Ronaldo – the family man
According to Ronaldo, family is the most important thing in his life, and he has frequently spoke about how happy he is with his children. He has two sons, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. and Mateo Ronaldo, and a daughter, Eva Maria Dos Santos. In an interview with Piers Morgan, he stated: “My father always told me: ‘Be a good person. Be a good professional. Work hard.”
He also revealed that after the death of his mother in 2005, he cried every day for a year. “I know it sounds strange, but it is what kept me going,” he said. “It was like having a big hole inside me that I had to fill.”
Ronaldo – the businessman
From an impoverished childhood in Brazil, Ronaldo has become a global football icon and one of the richest athletes in the world. He is also a successful businessman, with a wide range of investments in companies such as McDonald’s, Hertz, and Pepsico.
Ronaldo reported earnings of $105 million in 2015, making him the highest-paid footballer in the world. His annual salary and bonuses amount to $56 million, while his endorsement deals are worth a further $49 million. In 2016, Forbes ranked Ronaldo as the world’s third highest-paid athlete, behind only LeBron James and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo has also been successful in business off the pitch. He has a minority stake in Portuguese club S.L. Benfica and he is a shareholder in sports management agency Gestifute International. His other investments include hotels in his native Brazil and a motorcycle manufacturing company.
In 2015, Ronaldo partnered with French telecoms giant Orange to launch his own line of underwear and sunglasses. The following year he launched his own line of CR7-branded headphones, speakers and other electronics products.
Ronaldo – the legacy
Ronaldo is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a striker for various clubs, including Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, and Real Madrid. He is widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. Ronaldo began his career as a youth player for Cruzeiro, where he helped lead the team to their first Copa do Brasil in 1993. He then moved to PSV, where he won the Eredivisie title in 1996. In 1997, Ronaldo signed with Barcelona for a world-record fee of $19 million. He won the Copa del Rey and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup during his time with Barcelona. In 2009, Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid for a world-record fee of $80 million. He went on to win the La Liga title in his first season with the club. Ronaldo also helped lead Real Madrid to their tenth European Championship in 2014. He retired from football in 2015 after suffering from persistent knee injuries.