Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Born: February 5, 1985
Occupation: Athlete, Model
Net worth: $450 million
“I see myself as the best footballer in the world. If you don’t believe you are the best, then you will never achieve all that you are capable of.”
“Talent without working hard is nothing.”
“I’m living a dream I never want to wake up from.”
“I’m aware that, whatever the circumstances, there will always be speculations about me.”
Renowned worldwide as a soccer legend, Cristiano Ronaldo is a skilled and celebrated footballer who began chasing his dreams from a very tender age despite his family’s hardships. He struggled relentlessly until the world gave him the recognition he deserved upon perceiving his soccer skills.
Many stars successfully built careers in football in their late youths. Ronaldo however, broke this record by earning a transfer fee of £15 million to one of the most renowned soccer teams, Manchester United, in his late teens.
Ronaldo went from being an infamous promising lad with a single mom who worked as a cook and cleaner, to being the most popular, celebrated, and well-paid athlete in the world.
The soccer genius, Ronaldo, was born on February 5, 1985. He hailed from Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Ronaldo grew up with an enthusiastic desire for soccer after he was introduced to the game at a very young age through his dad, José Dinis Aveiro, who worked as kits manager for a teens’ club.
Born to a struggling family, Ronaldo endured hardship from a very tender age; his father was a drunkard who made debts and eventually died from kidney problems. In order to cater for Ronaldo and his three siblings after Ronaldo’s dad passed away, Ronaldo’s mom, Maria Dolores dos Santos, took on cooking and cleaning for households.
As a part of growing up memory, Ronaldo recalled living in a single tin-roofed room within a busy neighborhood with his three siblings.
Unlike other individuals who discover their passion and chase their dreams in their youths, Ronaldo discovered his profound desires for soccer as a little kid. Ronaldo was set out to take his football career to the professional level irrespective of people’s feedbacks and his family’s financial status; he’d skip meals and sneak out of home with a ball when he’s supposed to be studying.
As a result of his strive and passion for soccer, Ronaldo began rendering the public breathless with his many potentials after joining a local amateur soccer team, Andorinha.
While playing for few more not-so-famous clubs, Ronaldo continued with his mesmerizing skills and relentless strive until he was caught up with by the public spotlight and his potentials grew considerable.
At the age of 15 however, Ronaldo was diagnosed with a heart problem: he usually had a rapidly beating heart with or without engaging in strenuous activities. He was instantly hospitalized and had surgery performed on him to cure the illness and prevent an early demise to his career before it even began.
Success with Manchester United
In 2001 at the age of 16, Ronaldo who was recently signed to Sporting Portugal amazed both his teammates and opponents alike with his incredible footwork in a match against the Well-known English team, Manchester United.
After the match, the Manchester United players were in so much awe that they persistently urged their manager to sign the young genius. The manager who was also overwhelmed by Ronaldo’s skills consented and paid a transfer fee of £15 million; a record fee for a player in his late teens.
Credit: Ronaldo Cr7
As expected, Ronaldo never failed to impress after joining Manchester United. Being quite aware of his earlier struggles and hardships, Ronaldo strived earnestly and acclaimed his title as a skilled soccer genius.
Ronaldo justified his massive signing fee as soon as he stepped feet into the pitch for Manchester. He scored his first goal for Manchester United with a free-kick against Portsmouth just a little while after he was signed.
Ronaldo maintained a consistent and skillful performance and led the team to win many championships and trophies afterward; he helped the team win three Premier Leagues, a UEFA Champions title, and a FIFA Club World Cup. As a result of his amazing performances, he received the Ballon d’Or Award at the age of 23.
Success with Madrid
After successfully completing his deal with Manchester United and achieving his set goals, Ronaldo was ready for the next challenge. Ronaldo was approached by the famous Spanish team, Real Madrid, where he would be spending the next years of his football career.
The prestigious Spanish team, Madrid, offered a signing fee of $131 million to Manchester United for Ronaldo’s bid. This fee created a new record for footballers and therefore made Ronaldo the most costly footballer.
Though he was fully aware of the pressure that’d be on him in Madrid, Ronaldo left his comfort zone, rolled his sleeves and took the challenge.
On arriving Spain, Ronaldo was welcomed by over 80,000 fans at his presentation. After the big welcome celebration, Ronaldo set down new goals and objectives.
As usual, Ronaldo stepped into the pitch for Real Madrid and made his presence felt with his fantastic penalty goal against Deportivo La Coruña in his La Liga debut.
With relentless struggles, Ronaldo overcame all critics and continued with his amazing footwork. Ronaldo continued scoring goals and setting records all through the season. However, he suffered an ankle injury in October 2009. This caused him 7 futile weeks of his career.
After his injury, however, Ronaldo returned to the pitch and remained goalkeepers’ most dreaded player as usual.
Ronaldo led Real Madrid to win many trophies like the Fifa world cup of 2015, European cups of the 2013 and 15, the La Liga cup of 2011, and lots more.
The champion, Ronaldo, also won lots of trophies like the 2008 Ballon d’Or, 2009 Fifa World Player of the Year, 2014 UEFA World Player in Europe, and many others.
Ronaldo’s house in Madrid
Ronaldo and his son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., with one of his cars
Presently as a successful footballer, Ronaldo is well-known with the flashy lifestyle. Ranging from cars to fashion, Ronaldo enjoys the best of luxuries — After the struggles who wouldn’t want to enjoy a bit of fun?
Ronaldo who started from being a fatherless lad from a poor barely-feeding family has turned to a soccer phenomenon and the most well-paid athlete of the 21st century.
Everything is possible. Starting from the bottom is never your fault. However, ending at the same very bottom is totally on you.
Strive to achieve success irrespective of your background or other related factors. Your desire to succeed will always triumph over every circumstance and setback.
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