Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Cristiano Ronaldo is quite possibly one of the most recognizable athletes in the entire world. He was born and raised on the Portuguese Island of Madeira. As a child he loved sports but at age 15 he was diagnosed with a racing heart. He underwent surgery to treat his condition then went on to start his career with Manchester United at the age of 18. In 2009 he was involved in the most expensive football transfer ever when he made the move from Manchester United to Real Madrid. This transfer cost close to $100 million.
The list of Ronaldo’s accolades and awards is pages long. He is one of the most decorated soccer stars of all time. One of his greatest accomplishments is that he is one of less than 30 soccer players to ever reach more than 500 goals scored over the course of their career. Ronaldo is currently sixth on that list with 692 goals in 977 matches. Being a part of this list means that you have made sports history.
- He is the second most followed person on Instagram
- His name “Ronaldo” comes from his father’s love of former U.S. president Ronald Reagan
- During an average season, Ronaldo will sprint 900 times more than an Olympic sprinter
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