Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Date of Birth: February 5, 1985
Place of Birth: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height: 6'2 (1.88m)
Weight: 75 kg
Position: Wing
Country: Portugal
Team's website
Squad Number (Country): 17
International Caps: 29
International Goals: 9
International Honours: Euro 2004 finalist (2004)
UEFA Team of the year ('04)
FIFPro Special Young player of the Year ('05)
Club: Manchester United F.C.
Club's website
Squad Number (Club) 7
Club Honours: FA Premier winner ('03)
FA Charity Shield winner ('03)
FA Cup winner ('04)
FA Cup finalist ('05)
Previous Clubs: Sporting C.P. ('02 - '03)
Club's website


Cristiano Ronaldo (pron. IPA /Template:IPA/ or /Template:IPA/; full name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro) born 5 February, 1985, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal) is a Portuguese professional football player who plays his club football for Manchester United of England having previously played for Portuguese team Sporting Lisbon.

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Private Life

Little is known about his private life. His father, Dinis Aviero passed away on September 7, 2005. Despite that he played in the World Cup Qualifier against Russia only hours after receiving the news. [1] He was also granted compassionate leave by Sir Alex Ferguson and thus missed the Premier League Match against Manchester City on September 10. He however declared himself available for Manchester United's next match in the UEFA Champions League, against Villarreal.

Rape allegations

On October 19, 2005, it was reported that Ronaldo had been arrested on suspicion of rape having attended a police station for a "pre-arranged appointment" regarding an alledged offence at a London hotel on October 2. The previous day, Manchester United had played London team Fulham F.C.. On November 24 2005, a Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed that the Crown Prosecution Service had decided there was insufficient evidence against Ronaldo and that all charges had been dropped. More on the story BBC and Sky

Football Career

Able to use either foot and play on both sides of the pitch, he attracted the attentions of Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2003, when Sporting Lisbon beat Manchester United 3-1 in the inauguration of the Alvalade XXI stadium. After the match, United's players spoke enthusiastically of the young talent that they had just played against saying they would rather have him on their team than have to play against him in the future. That was enough for Sir Alex Ferguson to decide that he wanted to acquire the youngster for his team, who were in the market for a right-sided midfielder, signing him for £12.24 million pounds after recently completing the transfer of David Beckham out of the club.

Since debuting for the famous English club, Ronaldo has earned equal amounts of praise and criticism for his flashy style of play and dribbling skills. He has played primarily as a winger for United and his ability to use both feet allows him to play on either wing. He demonstrated these qualities at the 2004 FA Cup final in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, in which he starred, scoring the first goal in United's 3-0 win over Millwall.

In his second season at United, Ronaldo has grown as a player, notably starring in the memorable 4-2 demolition of champions Arsenal at their Highbury stadium. Despite this, the doubts over his 'flashy' style and perceived inability to produce an 'end product', the final killer cross or pass to set-up a goal are yet to be allayed.

Ronaldo made his international debut in August 2003, against Kazakhstan. He scored Portugal's only goal in their 2-1 loss to Greece in the opening match of Euro 2004 and the first goal of the semi final against the Netherlands which Portugal won 2-1. The final saw a rematch of the opening game of the tournament and again, Greece emerged victorious. Though the tournament ended in disappointment for Ronaldo, he had truly come of age as a player.

Ronaldo represented Portugal at the 2004 Olympic Games. As of 11 June 2005, he has scored 10 goals in 24 appearances for his country. Ronaldo is currently the second highest scorer in World Cup qualification in the European zone with 7 goals so far.

On the 29th October 2005 Ronaldo scored Manchester United's 1000th Premiership goal, in a 4-1 loss at the hands of Middlesbrough.

Honours

Charity

Ronaldo has also done charity work, including recently flying out Martunis, an 11-year-old Indonesian tsunami survivor and his father to attend one of their World Cup qualifiers, covering all their expenses. Subsequently all the players contributed money to buy them a house in Indonesia.

After the two World Cup qualifiers in June, Ronaldo flew to Indonesia to visit the areas affected by the tsunami and to raise funds. He met the President of the Indonesian Republic Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of East Timor Xanana Gusmão and raised over 1 billion rupiah by auctioning off his personal sports gear.

Trivia

  • His second name (Ronaldo) is relatively rare in Portugal. His parents chose the name in honor of late US president Ronald Reagan, who was his father's favorite actor.
  • During Euro 2004 in Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo was voted the sexiest player on the Portuguese national team by PortugalGay - PT website visitors. Cristiano was followed in the list by Nuno Gomes and Pauleta.
  • Ronaldo endorses Nike, Pepe Jeans and Suzuki cars (although he drives a silver Porsche), among other products.
  • Ronaldo was named FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year 2005, the only award to be voted for by fans. He also ranked 20th in the FIFA Player of the Year (2005) standings.

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