Cristiano Ronaldo – Life Story of a Star in the Making
A much-vaunted prodigy when snapped up by Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo is perhaps,
apart from David Beckham, the best-known player on the planet.
He arrived in Manchester amid a media storm. United had managed to sign the player without the Press suspecting anything.
As the Stock Market was told that the player had been signed, hundreds of journalists flooded up to Manchester to get a
proper look at one of Manchester United`s youngest signings.
He has since won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008. He is a winger who plundered 42 goals across all competitions in
2007-08, Ronaldo will be expected to do what he has yet to do – and light up an international tournament, like the upcoming
Cristiano Ronaldo – Humble Beginnings
Ronaldo was born on 5th February 1985, on the Portuguese island of Madeira, . Named after Ronald Reagan, due to his
father`s respect for the man, few would have wagered that this child would make it to the very top of the world soccer tree,
especially with Madeira being mainly being agricultural. He has one brother and two sisters, and it is family whom he deems
as the most important in his life.
On the back-streets of this small island that Ronaldo learnt his first few tricks, until he was scouted that is. By the time he
was 12, Ronaldo had established himself as the top player on the Island, utilizing his great talent and speed to pass full-
grown defenders for Andorinha.
Having been scouted as a serious talent, the big Portuguese clubs had to scrap it out for his signature. Though Porto and
Boavista both attempted to contract him, he could only ever play for Sporting the soccer club he supported since he was a
Progressing through the youth ranks he impressed all who worked with him. At the tender age of 17, Ronaldo was thrown in
at the deep end with his first game against Moreirense. He scored twice which not only gave him a dream debut, but also
endeared him to the fans, who soon learnt to chant for him to have the ball passed to him. A goal against title-rivals Boavista
also saw him rise to the top of the “Fan`s Favorites” list.
His skills were being watched closely by all of the big clubs in Europe, including Liverpool and Juventus.
His dazzling skills put England U-17s out, and everyone who watched felt they had seen something extraordinary.
At the end of his first season at Sporting he was loaned to Liverpool. Though he was extremely happy at Sporting, he was also
flattered by the interest of such a big Premier League club.
A Star is Born.
Sporting finished top in the league, and Ronaldo was hailed as the future of the club, alongside other Portuguese Starlet
Ultimately both moved on. The money on the table was way too much for the Portuguese club to turn down. Best-friend
Quaresma ended up at Barcelona, whilst Ronaldo landed at the bright red of Manchester United.
The deal saw Ronaldo become the most expensive teenage signing in Britain, with Man. United paying £12.24 million spread
equally over two seasons. Those who had not seen him play baulked at the price for an unproven player!
An so, on 12th August 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo held up the famous Red shirt, with his favourite number 7 (it is hero Figo`s
number) for all the press to see. A new star had been born.
After winning all there was to win with Manchester United, in the summer of 2009Ronaldo finally earned his dream move to
Real Madrid. Yet another world record fee of £80 million was paid for him as part of the new era of galacticos at the
The tricky winger made his debut for Portugal in a 1-0 victory against Kazakhstan in 2003 and was named in the squad for
Euro 2004 in Portugal.
He had the chance to come of age at the 2006 World Cup, though one of the memorable images of the tournament was his
wink at the bench after Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney was sent off in a game against England. He also came in
for fierce criticism for diving, which resulted in him being booed at games and it probably cost him the Young Player of the
He only scored one goal at Euro 2008, but after former Manchester United assistant coach took over with Portugal, Ronaldo
has been named captain, though some would argue he is not their most influential player.
With South Africa 2010 on the horizon, Ronaldo has the ability and now the experience to make an impact for his team
provided he can shake off his devils of the past.
On the commercial front Cristiano Ronaldo is not too different from the likes of other soccer celebrities. He earns a fortune
from plenty of endorsed Cristiano Ronaldo cleats, Cristiano Ronaldo t shirts, Shin guards and various other equipment and
memorabilia, as is common place in today modern soccer game.
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