Cristiano Ronaldo Quick Facts | CNN


Here’s a look into the life of professional footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Date of birth: February 5, 1985

Place of birth: Funchal, Portugal

Birth name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Father: Jose Dinis Aveiro, gardener

Mother: Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, cook

Children: with Georgina Rodríguez: Alana Martina, 2017; Bella Esmeralda and twin (unpublished name, stillbirth), 2022; substitute route: Eva and Mateo (twins), 2017; with mother’s name not publicly available: Cristiano Jr., 2010

The all-time leading male goalscorer in international football.

First male player in history to score a goal in five different World Cups.

Portugal’s all-time leading international goalscorer.

Five-time Ballon d’Or Footballer of the Year winner (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017) and four-time European Golden Boot winner (2007-08, 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2014-15).

One of his acts of charity was to pay for a 10-month-old boy’s brain surgery. Other events have included raising money for survivors of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and paying for treatment for a 9-year-old cancer patient.

His father named him after US President Ronald Reagan.

Early 1990s – He joins the local team of fans Andorinha.

Late 1990s – He joins Clube Deportivo Nacional da Madeira, one of the leading professional football clubs in Portugal.

Early 2000s – Signatures with Sporting Clube de Portugal.

August 12, 2003 – Signed with Manchester United for 12.24 million pounds ($19.7 million).

August 20, 2003 – Debuts with the Portugal national team.

June-July 2004 – He represents Portugal at the UEFA Euro Cup and scores a goal in the first match of the tournament. This is his first major international tournament.

July 2004 – Play in Portugal during the Summer Olympics. Portugal is eliminated in the group stage.

2005 – Wins the FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year award.

October 2005 – He is under investigation for alleged sexual assault but has not been charged.

June 17, 2006 – He scores his first goal in the World Cup against Iran. Portugal wins 2-0.

2008 – He wins the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

2009 – Transfers to Real Madrid. The deal includes a transfer fee of 80 million pounds (over $130 million).

December 15, 2013 – He opens a museum dedicated to his football career in his hometown of Funchal, Portugal.

January 6, 2014 – He scores his 400th career goal.

January 20, 2014 – He is appointed Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry.

October 17, 2015 – He officially becomes Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer in the club’s 3-0 win over Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

November 9, 2015 – The documentary “Ronaldo” premieres in London.

November 8, 2016 – Sign a “lifetime” endorsement deal with Nike.

January 2017 – He is named the 2016 FIFA Men’s Player of the Year.

June 13, 2017 – He is accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in taxes between 2011 and 2014.

August 14, 2017 – According to the Spanish Football Federation, Ronaldo is banned for five matches following his red card in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over rivals Barcelona. In addition to the one-game suspension for the red card, he will miss four more games for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea as he left the field.

October 23, 2017 – He wins the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year.

December 7, 2017 – He claims his fifth Ballon d’Or, equaling the record set by eternal rival Lionel Messi.

July 10, 2018 – He leaves Real Madrid to join reigning Serie A champions Juventus in Turin, Italy, on a four-year contract and a transfer fee of $117 million.

September 27, 2018 – Kathryn Mayorga files a lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada, accusing Ronaldo of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. She seeks to void a settlement and nondisclosure agreement she says she was forced to signed by Ronaldo and his legal team. Ronaldo denies the allegations.

January 10, 2019 – Las Vegas police spokeswoman Officer Laura Meltzer confirms that during the investigation into an allegation of rape against Ronaldo, they have sent a warrant to Italian authorities to request a sample of his DNA.

January 22, 2019 – Ronaldo agrees to settle his tax fraud case with Spanish authorities by paying a $21.6 million fine and accepting a 23-month suspended prison sentence. According to Spanish law, first offenders can avoid a prison sentence if the sentence is less than two years.

April 20, 2019 – Juventus defeats Fiorentina 2-1 and wins the Italian Serie A title. Ronaldo becomes the first player to win titles in the Premier League (with Manchester United), La Liga (with Real Madrid) and Serie A (with Juventus).

May 8, 2019 – The lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nevada, accusing Ronaldo of rape, is voluntarily dismissed by Mayorga. Larissa Drohobyczer, Mayorga’s attorney, told CNN that “we dismissed the state case because we filed the identical lawsuits in federal court because of the federal court rules on serving aliens, basically we just changed venue, but claims continue.”

July 22, 2019 – The Clark County District Attorney’s office says Ronaldo will not face sexual assault charges in Las Vegas. The office says the allegations, which were first made in 2009, cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

August 16, 2019 – Federal court documents reveal that after Mayorga was charged with rape in 2009, Ronaldo paid Mayorga $375,000 in a nondisclosure agreement. Mayorga is asking the court to invalidate the agreement on the grounds that Ronaldo and his legal team took advantage of her fragile emotional state to force her to sign it.

September 8, 2020 – Scores his 100th international goal in Portugal’s Nations League match against Sweden, becoming only the second man in history to reach the milestone.

October 13, 2020 – He has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the Portuguese Football Federation.

September 1, 2021 – Breaks the all-time men’s international goalscoring record after scoring twice against Ireland in Group A World Cup qualifier in Almancil, Portugal.

October 6, 2021 – A federal judge is recommending that the rape case against Ronaldo be dismissed, because Mayorga’s lawyers improperly obtained and used information from the leaked documents. On June 10, 2022, the case is dismissed.

March 12, 2022 – Scores his 806th career goal against Tottenham, breaking the all-time FIFA record for most goals in competitive matches in men’s football history.

April 18, 2022 – Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, announced that one of their newborn twins, a boy, has died.

November 22, 2022 – Manchester United have announced that Ronaldo will leave the English Premier League club with immediate effect. The announcement comes a week after Ronaldo gave an explosive TV interview about his frustrations at the club.

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