Cristiano Ronaldo

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s best-known football player

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016

 

Ronaldo?

  • The name ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ sounds familiar, but wasn’t he Brazilian? No, that’s Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, also known as ‘Ronaldinho’, and also a famous footballer. Or Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, a retired Brazilian famous football player.
  • Anyway: Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly Portuguese; he was born in Madeira, back in 1985. To make it even more confusing: his son is called Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. And yes, he also plays football.

 

Pretty good

  • To call Cristiano Ronaldo a ‘good’ footballer would be a bit of an understatement. He’s the first Portuguese player with 50 international goals, which makes him Portugal’s all-time top goal scorer.
  • Other titles include a couple of European Golden Shoe awards, some Ballon d’Ors (pictured), and a handful of Top Scorer titles. Football experts sometimes refer to him as ‘the best player in the world’. Other football experts say that’s Messi. (Enjoy the Algarve doesn’t have a clue).

 

Real Madrid

  • Although Cristiano Ronaldo is Portuguese, he currently plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid (who won the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final last month) and has previously played for the English Manchester United. However, in European and World Championships he represents Portugal. Watch him in action at the 2016 UEFA European Championship this month; back number 7, he has an attacking role.
  • According to Forbes, the athlete’s combined income (salaries, bonuses and sponsorship deals) in 2014-2015 was something like US$ 79 million. Being a nice guy, Cristiano donated loads to charity, funding schools and hospitals.

 

CR7

  • Want to recreate Cristiano Ronaldo’s look? Head to Funchal (the capital of Madeira) or Lisbon. Both cities have a CR7 fashion boutique where items such as leather pocketed jeans and diamond studded belts can be bought.
  • Portugal is certainly proud of its star sportsperson: in his hometown Funchal, there’s a bronze statue and a museum with over 170 trophies related to the footballer. In 2014, Portugal’s president Aníbal Cavaco Silva raised Ronaldo to the rank of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry.

 

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016

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