|Net Worth:||€ 420 million|
|Country of origin:||Portugal|
|Source of wealth:||Soccer player|
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese soccer player.
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Together with three siblings, he grew up in poor conditions. At a young age of only three, Ronaldo was enthusiastic about football and started this sport. As an eight-year-old, he played in the amateur club CF Andorinha. Ronaldo’s talent was noticed early on and two years later the two leading clubs in Madeira, Nacional Funchal and Marítimo Funchal, were very interested. Ronaldo finally decided on the Nacional association. At the age of 12, he completed a short trial training at Sporting Lisbon and then switched there.
From then on, Ronalda trained with other players in the department that looked after the young talents. His great talent and enormous ball art convinced so that in the following years Ronaldo was the first youth from Sporting Lisbon to be deployed for the U16, 17, 18, the reserve selection and the professional team within one season. The Portuguese also attracted international attention at the U17 European Championship. Large English clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal vied for the young Ronaldo. The Italian top club Juventus Turin and Spain’s FC Barcelona also showed great interest in him. In 2003, after various negotiations, Ronaldo decided to switch to Manchester United. Already in his first game he was able to convince both fans and experts with his ball art, and was voted “Player of the Season” by the Manchester United fans at the end of the season. The 2005/2006 season also showed the great skill of the world football player: during this time he scored Manchester United’s 1,000th Premier League goal and a total of 12 goals at the end of the season. This year Ronaldo also scored seven goals for the Portuguese national team.
Ronaldo made his breakthrough in August 2003 with the move to the top English club Manchester United for about 17 million euros. He should take the midfield position on which David Beckham once played. Ronaldo got the historic shirt number seven, which had previously been worn by great club legends. In the 2005/2006 season, he finished 20th in the “World Soccer Player of the Year” poll. Ronaldo had three English championships in six years with Manchester United and a Champions League victory. In 2009, the Portuguese also had a highlight in his career: Ronaldo switched from Manchester United to Real Madrid for a record sum of 94 million euros. The purchase was not only worthwhile for the footballer himself, but also for the club: with Ronaldo in the squad, Real Madrid won the Champions League four times, the FIFA Club World Cup three times, the Spanish championship in 2012 and 2017 and the two times spanish cup. On top of that, he was the top scorer several times, “Europe’s Footballer of the Year” and “World Footballer of the Year”. The Portuguese national team also benefited from Ronaldo’s talent: in 2016 Portugal became European champion. Ronalda is currently playing for the top Italian club Juventus, where he switched in 2018 for a transfer fee of 112 million euros.
“Talent is not everything. You may have seen everything on the way in the cradle, but you have to learn to behave like the best. ”
“If you don’t believe that you are the best, you will never be able to get the most out of yourself.”
“We don’t want to tell about our dreams. We want to make it come true. ”
“Why should I lie. I will not be a hypocrite and tell the opposite of what I think like others do. ”
“I have no problem when people hate me. Because it drives me forward. ”
Ronaldo has signed several lucrative advertising contracts in recent years, including with EA Sports, Coca Cola and Motorola. He is also the most popular athlete on social media: a total of 340 million people follow his followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Ronaldo is very socially involved. The footballer has been an ambassador for the children’s rights organization “Save the Children” since 2013 and is also increasingly committed to donating blood.