Speedy, flamboyant, and a deadly shot with either foot, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of soccer's most famous wingers. Ronaldo was a prodigy in Portuguese youth leagues and joined his boyhood team, Sporting Lisbon, in 2002 at age 17. A year later the club sold him to the leading English team Manchester United for a fee of 12 million pounds. Over the next six seasons with United, Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games. He also gained a reputation for what The Manchester Guardian called a "monstrous ego" and "a certain petulance and willingness to fall over in search of free-kicks." He played for Portugal in Euro 2004 and 2008 and in World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In 2008 Ronaldo scored 42 goals for Manchester United and was named the FIFA World Player of the Year, which set the stage for his remarkable purchase by Real Madrid in June of 2009. The Spanish club paid a fee of 94 million Euro, or nearly 132 million US dollars, to acquire Ronaldo from Manchester.
Cristiano Ronaldo most often wears uniform number 7… He began dating model Irina Shayk in 2010, and they became one of Europe’s high-profile sporting couple… Cristiano Ronaldo is no relation to Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo… In the 2006 World Cup quarterfinal, England’s Wayne Rooney got a red card after Cristiano Ronaldo urged a referee to penalize him. Rooney and Ronaldo were professional teammates on Manchester United, and Ronaldo endured a storm of criticism in England after a camera caught him winking to teammates after the incident… George Best once said of Ronaldo, “There have been a few players described as the new George Best over the years, but this is the first time it’s been a compliment to me”… His birthplace, Madeira, is an island about 600 miles from the Portuguese mainland; it’s the namesake of Madeira wine… “His father, José Dinis, named him after his favourite actor Ronald Reagan, who was US president at the time,” according to the Guardian.
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