|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)
|Current club||Real Madrid|
|* 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)
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.