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Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for and captains both Saudi Pro League club Al Nassr and the Portugal national team.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or awards, a record three UEFA Best Player in Europe, and four European Golden Shoes, the most by a European player.
Cristiano Ronaldo has an impressive career with 34 trophies to his name, which include seven league titles, five UEFA Champions League victories, and notable international successes such as the UEFA European Championship and the UEFA Nations League. In addition to these achievements, Ronaldo holds multiple records, including the most appearances (183), goals (140), and assists (42) in the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo also holds the record for the most goals in the European Championship (14) and has scored 127 international goals, with 203 international appearances to his name. Remarkably, he is one of the select few players to have surpassed 1,200 professional career appearances and has netted over 850 official senior career goals for both club and country, solidifying his status as the top goalscorer of all time.
Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira, and began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP, before moving to Manchester United in 2003. He won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups, and the UEFA Champions League with United. In 2009, he joined Real Madrid for a then-world record transfer fee of €94 million. At Real Madrid, he won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and three FIFA Club World Cups. He is the club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals.
In 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus for a club record transfer fee of €100 million. He won two Serie A titles, two Supercoppa Italiana titles, and one Coppa Italia title with Juventus. In 2021, he returned to Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been capped over 200 times by Portugal and is the country’s all-time top scorer with 127 goals. He has represented Portugal at four FIFA World Cups, two UEFA European Championships, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. He won the European Championship in 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a global icon and one of the most marketable athletes in the world. He has been ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2019 and 2020. He has been sponsored by Nike since 2003, and has endorsement deals with other major brands such as Tag Heuer, Clear, and Herbalife.
Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his physicality, athleticism, dribbling, passing, finishing, and free-kick ability. He is also a prolific goalscorer and has scored over 850 official senior career goals for club and country.