Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Personal information
Full name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Date of birth 5 February 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 7
Youth career
1993–1995 Andorinha
1995–1997 Nacional
1997–2002 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Sporting CP 25 (3)
2003–2009 Manchester United 196 (84)
2009– Real Madrid 165 (177)
National team
2001 Portugal U15 9 (7)
2001–2002 Portugal U17 7 (5)
2003 Portugal U20 5 (1)
2002–2003 Portugal U21 10 (3)
2004 Portugal U23 3 (2)
2003– Portugal 110 (49)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:01, 7 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014 (UTC)


Age: 28

Club: Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is the favorite to win the 2013 Ballon d’Or, and if he does, his performances against Sweden in the FIFA World Cup playoffs will have been a major factor.

As is custom, Portugal stuttered over the line in qualifying despite the presence of their talismanic No. 7, settling for a two-legged playoff against Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Northern European charges.

Ronaldo scored four, including a scintillating hat trick in Solna, Sweden, to fire his country to Brazil next summer. If he continues his current club form there, he’ll be a strong bet for Player of the Tournament.

He’s scored 25 goals and three hat-tricks already this season, and it’s tough to find a more complete player in world football.

A rasping long shot, searing pace, astonishing athletic presence and aerial ability make him unlike any other who plies the trade, and he’ll need to use every one of his incredible strengths to take Portugal as far as possible.