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 as the European Footballer of the Year in 2008, 2013, 2014, and 2016.
His full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. He was named Ronaldo in honor of Ronald Reagan, his father's favorite actor.
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 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 announced in July 2017 that he was expecting his fourth child with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.
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.