One of the top soccer players in the world, he rose to fame as a forward for Real Madrid after being acquired from Manchester United for a $131.6 million transfer fee in 2009. He became captain of the Portuguese national team in 2008 and received the Ballon d'Or in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, he signed with Juventus. He was signed to return to Manchester United in 2021 up until 2022 when he would join Al-Nassr FC.
His full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. He was named Ronaldo in honor of Ronald Reagan, his father's favorite actor. He began his youth level career with Portugal under-15 in 2001.
He broke a number of La Liga records as well as Real Madrid franchise records and scored his 300th career goal in January 2013. He became the most-followed individual on Instagram, earning over 620 million followers. In 2022 he became the first man to score in 5 different World Cups.
He was raised with an older brother named Hugo and two older sisters, Katia and Elma. He dated Russian model Irina Shayk from 2010 until 2015. He became a father to Cristiano Jr. in July 2010 and in June 2017, he welcomed a pair of twins named Eva and Mateo via surrogacy. He and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez welcomed their first child together, Alana Martina, on November 12, 2017. In October 2021, he and Georgina announced that they were expecting a pair of twins. The couple announced the birth of their daughter and son in April 2022. They announced their son passed away on April 18, 2022.
He and Lionel Messi developed a great rivalry as the top two forwards in professional soccer and leaders of La Liga's Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, respectively.