Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer and Real Madrid forward Football legend who is just a delight to watch on the pitch. The talented footballer is not just a goal scorer but a record breaker and holder of countless titles in diverse Soccer leagues.
Early Life & Achievements
The football legend was born on 5 February 1985 in Madeira, Portugal, to Jose Dinis Aveiro and Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro. His father worked as a gardener with the local municipality and his mother was a cook. Cristiano Ronaldo has three older siblings, sisters: Liliana Cátia and Elma and older brother, Hugo. His passion for football started in his childhood days and at age 14, he was already being trained to be a professional player. The youngster started playing for a local club called Androrinha but later joined the club Nacional in his hometown Madeira before moving to one of Portugal’s biggest clubs, Sporting CP.
As a teenager, Cristiano Ronaldo played for Portugal’s Youth Team in UEFA’s Under 17 and his brilliant performances caught the eyes of the world from that time onwards. He was first signed by European club Manchester United during the 2003 and 2004 football session courtesy of Manager Sir Alex Ferguson who spotted his talent irrespective of his tender age. The player made a name for himself in the club for his talent and technique on the pitch though he had some loose ends as a young player that needed improvements he was able to help the club win three Premier League titles consecutively, a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup.
In 2009, a major turnaround occurred in Cristiano Ronaldo’s football career as he was bought by top Spanish club Real Madrid for 94 million euros which is equivalent to $132 million. This transfer became the World’s most expensive football transfers so far.
The football’s legends achievements so far include 5 Ballon d’Or as the European Footballer of the Year in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. He has been recorded as the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. Added to his collection are 5 league titles, 4 UEFA Championship League titles and 1 UEFA European Championship title. He has also won the Spanish Pichichi award. He tops the chart as a goalscorer with more than 600 career goals as a club player and for his national team.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Wife, Girlfriend, Son, Gay Rumors
Gorgeous as this superstar is, he has not yet officially put a ring on that lucky finger although he has a girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, with whom he welcomed a daughter Alana Martina on 12 November 2017.
Rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo being gay came up due to him having his son Cristiano Jr in July 2010 and his pair of twins Eva and Mateo in June 2017 via surrogate mums. However, such a rumor is baseless as CR7 is currently happy with his relationship and has requested privacy in relation to the birth of his children.
Salary, Net Worth
The legendary player is said to be the highest paid footballer in the world with a salary of about £15 million a year after tax deductions. In addition to his salary, Ronaldo earns income from endorsement deals with top brands like Nike, Armani, Tag Heuer, S Santo, Toyota, Samsung, Herbalife, Konami and Banco Espirito from which he makes about $10 million annually.
He also owns a fashion line that sells CR7 branded clothes, shoes and underwears that earn him millions in a year.
Furthermore, the player has made a huge investment in Pestana Hotels and he is currently a partner. He is set to build CR7 branded hotels in New York, Funchal, Madrid and Lisbon worth about $80million.
The legend is presently worth $480 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s House
The sports star has an exquisite taste for luxurious houses which is evident in his La Finca residence that is valued at $6.2 million. This mansion has 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, children playrooms and a trophy room to display the legend’s victories. It also has a spacious living room, kitchen and dining area with classy interior decorations. Outside the house is equally amazing with a gigantic swimming pool, a hot tub and of course a mini football pitch. The La Finca Villa is obviously a wonderland as it was ranked 31 on Forbes list of 100 most expensive celebrity homes.
The player has a home in one of the boisterous cities of the world, New York City which is equally a lovely place to live in a cozy home setting.
Finally on his list of houses is the Alderley Edge Mansion located in Cheshire Village, U.K which he acquired in 2006 for $ 6million. The house is a luxurious five-storey mansion with five bedrooms, a media room, an indoor cinema room, a swimming pool, jacuzzi and a gym. the house is however up for sale which is probably a final departure of the player from the European land where he started his professional league.