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|نام کامل||کریستیانو رونالدو دوس سانتوش آویرو|
|زادروز||۵ فوریهٔ ۱۹۸۵ (۳۴ سال)|
|زادگاه||فونچال، مادیرا، پرتغال|
|قد||۱٫۸۷ متر (۶ فوت ۲ اینچ)|
|۲۰۰۱||زیر ۱۵ سال پرتغال||۹||(۷)|
|۲۰۰۱–۲۰۰۲||زیر ۱۷ سال پرتغال||۷||(۵)|
|۲۰۰۳||زیر ۲۰ سال پرتغال||۵||(۱)|
|۲۰۰۲–۲۰۰۳||زیر ۲۱ سال پرتغال||۱۰||(۳)|
|۲۰۰۴||زیر ۲۳ سال پرتغال||۳||(۲)|
زندگی نامه رونالدو
رونالدو در سان آنتونیو در همسایگی شهر فونچال در ایالت مادیرا به چشم به جهان گشود. او کوچکترین فرزند ماریو آویرو و خوزه آویرو است. مادرش آشپز بود و پدرش باغبان شهرداری. پدرش نام رونالدو را از اسم رونالد ریگان رییس جمهور آمریکا گرفته است. رونالدو برادری بهنام هوگو و دوخواهر بهنامهای آلما و لیلیانا کاتیا دارد.کریستیانو رونالدو دوس سانتوس آویرو کوچکترین فرزند خوزه دینیس آویرو و ماریا دولورس دوس سانتوس آویرو است.
رونالدو در ۱۷ ژوئن ۲۰۱۰ پدر شد. پسر رونالدو، کریستانو نامیده شد و خانوادهاش، نام مستعار کریستیانینو را بر روی او گذاشتند. او در ایالات متحده به دنیا آمده و رونالدو اعلام کرد که حضانت کامل وی در اختیار اوست. رونالدو هرگز به صورت عمومی هویت مادر پسرش را فاش نکرده است.همچنین در همین سال رابطهای را با ایرینا شایک آغاز کرد. این زوج در ژانویه ۲۰۱۵ به رابطهٔ خود پایان دادند. رونالدو در سال ۲۰۱۵ پس از قطع رابطه با ایرینا شایک رابطهای را با لوسیا ویالون مجری و گزارشگر تلویزیونی در اسپانیا آغاز کرد.
زندگی فوتبالی رونالدو Cristiano Ronaldo
فوتبالش را در نوجوانی در تیم آندورینها آغاز کرد. بعد از دو سال به ناسیونال پیوست و پس از آن، به باشگاه اسپورتینگ لیسبون ملحق شد. او در این تیم، نظر الکس فرگوسن سرمربی وقت منچستر یونایتد را به خود جلب کرد و در سال ۲۰۰۳ با قراردادی به ارزش ۱۳٫۲۴ میلیون پوند (۱۶ میلیون یورو) به منچستر یونایتد پیوست. او نخستین جامش در منچستر یونایتد را با قهرمانی در جام حذفی انگلستان سال ۲۰۰۴ به دست آورد.
در سال ۲۰۰۹ با انتقال ۸۵ میلیون پوندیاش (۹۴ میلیون یورو، ۱۳۱٫۶ میلیون دلار) از منچستر یونایتد به رئال مادرید، به گرانترین بازیکن تاریخ فوتبال جهان تبدیل شد. رکوردی که بر اساس گزارشهای منتشرشده، با انتقال ۱۰۰ میلیون یورویی گرت بیل از تاتنهام به رئال مادرید در سال ۲۰۱۳، شکسته شد.با حقوق سالیانه ۲۱ میلیون یورو پس از لیونل مسی و نِیمار، دارای بالاترین درآمد بین بازیکنان فوتبال جهان است.در حال حاضر، برخی وی را بهترین بازیکن فوتبال در جهانو یکی از بهترین بازیکنان تاریخ فوتبال میدانند.. بزرگترین موفقیت او در باشگاه مادریدی خود، فتح لا لیگا و همچنین جام باشگاههای اروپا بودهاست. او در فصل ۱۱–۲۰۱۰، رکورد ۴۰ گل تلمو زارا و ۳۸ گل هوگو سانچز در یک فصل رئال را شکست. او با بهثمر رساندن ۵۱ گل در یک فصل، رکورد تاریخ باشگاه که دست فرانس پوشکاش با ۴۹ گل بودهاست را شکست. او برترین گلزن تاریخ رئال مادرید در لالیگا است. رونالدو اولین بازیکن در تاریخ لالیگا است که در زمین حریف موفق به زدن ۵ گل شدهاست و پس از لیونل مسی دومین گلزن برتر تاریخ لالیگا است. همچنین رکورددار گلزنی در تاریخ رئال مادرید است.او با ثبت ۳۶ هت تریک، به همراه مسی رکوردار هت تریک لالیگا نیز هست. همچنین با زدن ۱۲۷ گل در لیگ قهرمانان اروپا رکورددار گل زدهاست.
باشگاه های رونالدو
رونالدو به آکادمی اسپورتینگ لیسبون پیوست، در مجموعه ورزشی آلکوچته آموزش دید. وی تنها بازیکن فوتبال پرتغالی است که در ردههای سنی نوجوانان، زیر ۱۶ سال، زیر ۱۷ سال و زیر ۱۸ سال بازی کرده و در نخستین حضور خود در «تیم ب» بازی دادهشد.او در نخستین بازی لیگ خود در ردهٔ زیر ۱۶ سال، دوگل به باشگاه فوتبال موریرنز زد.
رونالدو در فصل 2003/04 با مبلغ ۱۲ میلیون پوند به باشگاه فوتبال منچستر یونایتد پیوست. او نخستین فوتبالیست پرتغالی این باشگاه بود. کریس قصد داشت در منچستر پیراهن شمارهٔ ۲۸ را بپوشد، اما الکس فرگوسن درخواست او را نپذیرفت و گفت:«تو باید پیراهن شمارهٔ ۷ را بپوشی که پیش از این، بازیکنان افسانهای باشگاه از جمله جورج بست، برایان رابسون، اریک کانتونا و دیوید بکهام آن را میپوشیدند و این برای تو یک افتخار است.
منچستر در دیدار پایانی لیگ قهرمانان اروپا ۰۸–۲۰۰۷ با چلسی بازی کرد. منچستر در آغاز، بازی را بهدست گرفت و گل نخست را بهثمر رساند؛ چلسی گل تساوی را زد و نود دقیقه با تساوی ۱–۱ دو تیم خاتمهیافت. سی دقیقهٔ وقتهای اضافه نیز بدون گل سپریشد و بازی به ضربات پنالتی کشیدهشد. رونالدو نخستین کسی بود که پنالتی را وارد دروازه نکرد؛ جان تری و نیکولا آنلکا پنالتیهایشان را گلنکردند و در پایان، منچستر قهرمان لیگ قهرمانان اروپا شد. در پایان فصل، با حساب همهٔ مسابقات، او ۴۲ گل بهثمر رساندهاست که هنوز هم در زندگی حرفهای او یک رکورد محسوب میشود. رکورد بهترین گلزن منچستر در یک فصل، دست دنیس لا است که رونالدو موفقنشد این رکورد را بشکند.
در ۲۶ ژوئن ۲۰۰۹، رئال مادرید تأیید کرد که رونالدو در ۱ ژوئیه به این باشگاه خواهد پیوست. رونالدو شش سال با این باشگاه قرارداد امضا کردهاست. این باشگاه هر فصل ۱۳ میلیون یورو و در مجموع شش سال، ۹۴ میلیون یورو به او پرداخت خواهدکرد و قیمت خروج او از رئال ۱ میلیارد یورو تعیینشده که یک رکورد است.طی مراسم استقبال از او در ۶ ژوئیه، ۸۰ هزار نفر به ورزشگاه سانتیاگو برنابئو آمدند که این تعداد استقبالکننده نیز یک رکورد بهشمار میرود. این تعداد استقبالکننده، رکورد ورود دیگو آرماندو مارادونا به ناپولی را شکست. پیش از این، رکورد استقبالکنندگان مادریدی دست خاویر ساویولا بودهاست.
در ماه اکتبر، در بازی با تیم ملی فوتبال مجارستان در مسابقات مقدماتی جام جهانی، دوباره مچ پای او آسیبدید و نتوانست تا ماه نوامبر فوتبال بازی کند.او همچنین در بازی ال کلاسیکو که رئال بازی را ۰–۱ به بارسلونا واگذار کرد، از مصدومیت مچ پا رنج میبرد. رئال در این فصل در لا لیگا به مقام دوم رسید و در یکهشتم نهایی لیگ قهرمانان اروپا از المپیک لیون شکستخورد و نتوانست به مرحلهٔ یکچهارم نهایی راه پیداکند.
با خروج رائول گونزالس از رئال، پیراهن شمارهٔ ۷ این باشگاه به رونالدو واگذار شد. در ۲۳ اکتبر، او رکورد فردی خود را در بازی مقابل ریسینگ سانتاندر افزایش داد و چهار بار گلزنیکرد. رکورد تعداد گلهای او در یک ماه، ۱۱ است که سه گل را نیز در لیگ قهرمانان اروپا بهثمر رساندهاست. پیش از شکست سنگین ۰–۵ رئال در ال کلاسیکو، او برای دومین بار اتلتیک بیلبائو را هتتریک کرد.رئال همچنین در مسابقات کوپا دل ری ۱۱–۲۰۱۰، باشگاه لوانته را ۰–۸ شکستداد.
رئال مادرید در سالهای گذشته برای آمادهسازی خود با باشگاههای ایالات متحده آمریکا بازی میکردهاست. رونالدو در هر دو بازی با لسآنجلس گلکسی و گوادالاخارا گلزنیکرد؛ بهویژه این که سه بار به گوادالاخارا گلزد و هتتریک کرد. او در ۲۳ و ۲۹ اوت در سوپرجام فوتبال اسپانیا، دوگل مقابل بارسلونا بهثمر رساند. سرانجام لا لیگا در ۲۸ اوت با بازی رئال مادرید و رئال ساراگوسا آغاز گردید.
رونالدو هماکنون از بهترین و سریعترین بازیکن فوتبالهای جهان است و قهرمانی در لا لیگا ۱۲–۲۰۱۱ را با رئال مادرید تجربهکرد. رونالدو در پایان کار خود در رئال مادرید گفتهاست: «من دوست دارم تا آخر عمرم در رئال مادرید بمانم و ۱۰ سال دیگر با رئال مادرید قرار داد امضا کنم.»
در ۲۳ اوت ۲۰۱۲، رونالدو نخستین گل در فصل را مقابل بارسلونا در ورزشگاه نیوکمپ طی یکی دیگر از بازیهای ال کلاسیکو بهثمر رساند. در بازی برگشت که در ورزشگاه سانتیاگو برنابئو انجام میگرفت، رئال با گل رونالدو بازی را ۱–۲ برد و قهرمان سوپرکوپا د اسپانیا شد. رکورد رونالدو آنزمان در مورد گلزنی در پنج بازی متوالی ال کلاسیکو با رکورد ایوان زامورانو برابری میکند.او جهت کسب جایزه بهترین بازیکن سال اروپا در فصل ۱۲–۲۰۱۱، رقابت تنگاتنگی با لیونل مسی داشت؛ در حالی که آندرس اینیستا این جایزه را بهدستآورد.
در ۲ سپتامبر ۲۰۱۲، رونالدو گلی که مقابل گرانادا بهثمر رساند، دویستمین گل او در لیگهای برتر انگلستان، لا لیگا و لیگ برتر پرتغال محسوب میشود. وی افزود: «من طی ۱۴۹ بازی که در رئال انجام دادهام، ۱۵۰ گل بهثمر رساندهام. » او یکی از بهترین گلزنان تاریخ Real Madrid C.F. در همهٔ مسابقات بهشمار میرود. او در یکی از بازیهایش در این فصل، با برخورد به همباشگاهی خود، گونسالو ایگواین، گرفتار مصدومیت جزئی ران شد.
در ۱۵ سپتامبر، رونالدو فرصت مهمی را در بازی مقابل سویا از دست داد و رئال بازی را ۰–۱ به سویا واگذار کرد. در ۱۸ سپتامبر، او نخستین گل خود در لیگ قهرمانان اروپا را مقابل منچستر سیتی بهثمر رساند و رئال بازی را ۲–۳ از منچستر سیتی برد.در ۳۰ سپتامبر، رونالدو باری دیگر در لا لیگا، این بار مقابل دپورتیوو لاکرونیا هتتریک کرد و بازی با پیروزی ۱–۵ رئال به پایان رسید.در روز ۴ اکتبر، رونالدو باری دیگر در لیگ قهرمانان اروپا مقابل آژاکس آمستردام هتتریک کرد و رئال بازی را ۱–۴ برد.در هفتهٔ بعد، رونالدو دوگل در ورزشگاه نیوکمپ به بارسلونا زد و بازی با نتیجهٔ ۲–۲ به پایان رسید. دوگل بارسلونا را نیز لیونل مسی بهثمر رساند. رونالدو هماکنون تنها بازیکنی است که توانستهاست در ۶ بازی متوالی ال کلاسیکو، گل بزند. در ۲۴ اکتبر ۲۰۱۲، او پنجمین گل خود در لیگ قهرمانان اروپا را مقابل بروسیا دورتموند بهثمر رساند. این بازی با شکست ۱–۲ رئال مقابل دورتموند به پایان رسید. در ۲۸ اکتبر ۲۰۱۲، او در پیروزی ۰–۵ رئال مادرید مقابل رئال مایورکا نیز گل دوم و چهارم رئال را بهثمر رساند.
رونالدو در فینال لیگ قهرمانان اروپا در سال ۲۰۱۶ موفق شد که آخرین پنالتی را برای رئال مادرید وارد دروازه کند و قهرمانی یازدهم کهکشانیها را رقم بزند. آنها در سن سیرو مقابل اتلتیکو مادرید در ۱۲۰ دقیقه به نتیجه مساوی ۱–۱ رسیده بودند، رونالدو همینطور آقای گل مسابقات شد و به جمع بازیکنانی پیوست که سه قهرمانی اروپا را در کارنامه دارند.
بیانیه رونالدو بعد از جدایی از رئال مادرید
رونالدو گفت: درخواست جدایام را از باشگاه اعلام کردم، احساس میکنم به یک چالش جدید نیاز داشتم. از هواداران، رئیس باشگاه و همه اعضای باشگاه ممنونم و ۹ سال شگفت انگیز را با هم داشتیم.هم تیمیهای فوق العادهای در زمین و خارج از زمین داشتم. هواداران همیشه احساس گرمای خود را به من انتقال دادند.من در کنار آنها ۳ لیگ قهرمانان اروپای پیاپی را فتح کردم و در ۵ سال، ۴ بار قهرمان اروپا شدیم و در کنار آنها از نظر فردی، توانستم ۴ توپ طلا و ۳ کفش طلا بدست آورم.در این ۹ سال مقابل بازیکنان بزرگی بازی کردم، به آنها احترام میگذارم و از آنها تشکر میکنم.رئالمادرید قلب من و خانوادهام را تسخیر کرد و همیشه سانتیاگو برنابئو را خانه خود خواهم دانست. همانطور که ۹ سال پیش آن را گفته بودم.
در تاریخ ۱۰ ژوئیه ۲۰۱۸، رونالدو با قراردادی به ارزش ۱۱۲ میلیون یورو به باشگاه یوونتوس پیوست،که او را به گرانقیمتترین بازیکن بالای ۳۰ سال تبدیل کرد و همچنین این مبلغ بالاترین مبلغی است که یک باشگاه ایتالیایی برای یک بازیکن هزینه کردهاست.رونالدو اعلام کرد که به یک چالش جدید نیاز داشته و به همین دلیل تصمیم به ترک رئال مادرید گرفتهاست.
تیم ملی پرتقال و رونالدو
رونالدو در سال ۲۰۰۳ به تیم ملی پرتغال راهیافت و در سال ۲۰۱۰، کاپیتانی تیم ملیاش را بر عهده گرفت.موفقترین سالهای حضور او در تیم ملی، سالهای ۲۰۰۴، ۲۰۰۶ و ۲۰۱۶ بودهاست که در جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۰۴ نایب قهرمان و جام جهانی فوتبال ۲۰۰۶ آلمان چهارم شدهاست.
جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۰۴
رونالدو در جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۰۴،نخستین گل ملی خود را در مرحلهٔ گروهی مقابل یونان بهثمر رساند و پرتغال بازی را ۱–۲ از یونان باخت.او دومین گل ملی خود را نیز در نیمهنهایی این مسابقات مقابل هلند بهثمر رساند و پرتغال بازی را ۱–۲ از هلند برد.او در ستارگان تیمهای فینالیست جام ملتهای اروپا، با بهثمر رساندن دوگل از نامزدهای برجسته بهشمار میرفت.او همچنین نمایندهٔ پرتغال در المپیک تابستانی ۲۰۰۴ بود.
جام جهانی ۲۰۰۶
رونالدو در مقدماتی جام جهانی فوتبال، دومین گلزن برتر اروپا با بهثمر رساندن هفتگل بودهاست. او نخستین گل خود در جام جهانی فوتبال را در جام جهانی ۲۰۰۶ آلمان در شهر فرانکفورت مقابل تیم ملی فوتبال ایران در یک ضربهٔ پنالتی بهثمر رساند.در مرحلهٔ یکچهارم نهایی جام جهانی ۲۰۰۶، رونالدو مقابل تیم ملی فوتبال انگلستان و همباشگاهی خود در منچستر یونایتد، وین رونی بازی کرد. رونی بر روی مدافع پرتغال، ریکاردو کاروالیو خطا کرد؛ با رونالدو درگیر شد و توسط داور اخراجشد. رسانههای انگلیسی بر این باورند که رونالدو پس از کارت قرمز گرفتن رونی، به داور بازی، هوراسیو الیزوندو اعتراض کردهاست؛ اما پس از اخراج رونی به نیمکت پرتغال چشمک زدهاست و این مسئله کمی مشکوک بهنظر میرسد. پس از مسابقه، رونالدو اصرار داشت که رونی دوست او بودهاست. در ۴ ژوئیه، الیزوندو اعلام کرد که اخراج رونی به علت درگیری او با رونالدو نبودهاست.
واکنشهای رسانههای انگلیسی سبب شد رونالدو، منچستر را ترککند. او در مصاحبه با یک روزنامهٔ ورزشی اسپانیایی بهنام مارکا گفتهاست که قصد دارد به رئال مادرید بپیوندد.فرگوسن دستیار پرتغالی خود، کارلوس کیروش را پیش رونالدو فرستاد تا ذهنیت او را عوضکند. سرانجام، رونالدو در آوریل ۲۰۰۷ قراردادی پنجساله با منچستر امضا کرد.
رونالدو یک روز پس از تولد ۲۲ سالگی خود، در یک بازی دوستانه میان پرتغال و برزیل، برای نخستینبار در تاریخ ۶ فوریه ۲۰۰۷، بازوبند کاپیتانی تیم ملی خود را بر بازو بست. این کاپیتانی بهشکل مستقیم توسط رئیس کنفدراسیون فوتبال پرتغال، کارلوس سیلوا دو روز پیش از مرگ خود صادر گردیدهبود. لوئیس فیلیپه اسکولاری میگوید: «آقای سیلوا از من خواست تا[رونالدو] را بهعنوان کاپیتان پرتغال برگزینم…او بیش از حد جوان بود، اما آقای سیلوا از من درخواستداشت و هماکنون دیگر پیش ما نیست. »
جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۰۸
رونالدو هشت گل برای پرتغال در مقدماتی جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۰۸ بهثمر رساندو در پشت بازیکن فوتبال لهستانی، اوزیبیوس اسمولارک جایگرفت؛ اما در مسابقات جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۰۸، فقط ۱ گل مقابل تیم ملی فوتبال آلمان در یکچهارم نهایی بهثمر رساند.هنگامی که کارلوس کیروش بهعنوان سرمربی جدید پرتغال در ژوئیه ۲۰۰۸ برگزیدهشد،رونالدو را بهعنوان کاپیتان تیم ملی پرتغال منصوب کرد.
رونالدو همچنین بهعنوان مرد بازی پرتغال و جمهوری چک در گروه A جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۰۸ برگزیدهشد.
جام جهانی ۲۰۱۰
در ۱۵ ژوئن ۲۰۱۰، پرتغال در افتتاحیهٔ جام جهانی، مقابل ساحل عاج بازی کرد و با انجام یک خطا بر روی گای دمل، از داور کارت زرد گرفت. روز بعد، پرتغال با فیفا تماسگرفت و درخواستکرد که کارت زرد رونالدو را ببخشد؛ اما درخواست پرتغال توسط فیفا ردشد.
رونالدو در هرسه بازی پرتغال در گروه G جام جهانی، بهعنوان بهترین بازیکن میدان برگزیدهشد.او در مسابقات جام جهانی ۲۰۱۰، فقط یک گل مقابل کره شمالی در ۲۱ ژوئن بهثمر رساند.این بازی را پرتغال ۰–۷ از کرهٔ شمالی برد. این گل، نخستین گل ملی او پس از ۱۶ ماه بودهاست. سرانجام، پرتغال توسط اسپانیا در مرحلهٔ یکهشتم نهایی حذفشد.
جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۱۲
رونالدو هفت گل برای پرتغال در مرحله مقدماتی جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۱۲ بهثمر رساند؛ از جمله، دو گل مقابل بوسنی و هرزگوین در مرحلهٔ پلیآف بهثمر رساند. در قرعهکشی جام ملتهای اروپا، پرتغال بههمراه هلند، دانمارک و آلمان در گروه B موصوف به گروه مرگ قرارگرفت.در مصاحبه با مجلهٔ ورزشی کیکر، رونالدو اظهار داشت: «من با این زندگی حرفهای سراسر فوتبالی که دارم، برای پرتغال یک غنیمت محسوب میشود. »
پس از شکست مجدد پرتغال مقابل آلمان، رونالدو مورد انتقاد قرارگرفت و بر اثر ناامیدی و اشتباهات خود در بازی و پیادهروی در زمین، پس از پایان مسابقه، بدون تشکر از همتیمیهای خود به اتاقهای پرتغال رفت. همتیمی او، نانی بیانکردهاست: «او خشمگین زمین را ترک کرد و نیاز به درمان دارد. او بهخوبی کار تیمی را انجام داد و بهشدت تحت فشار بودهاست و بهزودی منتقدان خود را ساکت خواهدکرد. » لوئیس فیگو با توجه به انتقاد از رونالدو و رفتار او، بیانکرد: «او باید همیشه کاپیتان موفقی برای تیم ملی خود باشد؛ اگرچه این نتیجه حاصل شدهاست. »
در طول مسابقهٔ پرتغال و دانمارک، هرگاه توپ بهپای رونالدو میرسید، طرفداران دانمارک شعار میدادند و نام لیونل مسی را تکرار میکردند. او دو فرصت عالی و یک فرصت معمولی را از دست داد و ناامید شد.در پاسخ به پرسش دربارهٔ شعارهای مسی، رونالدو گفت:
در واپسین مسابقهٔ گروهی میان، رونالدو دو گل مقابل هلند بهثمر رساند و صعود پرتغال به مرحلهٔ بعدی را تضمین کرد. این بازی با پیروزی ۱–۲ پرتغال مقابل هلند به پایان رسید. او همچنین دو بار در مسابقات گروهی، بهعنوان بهترین بازیکن میدان شناختهشد.
رونالدو برای عملکرد خود مقابل جمهوری چک در مرحلهٔ یکچهارم نهایی، مورد تقدیر قرارگرفت. روی ارسال توپ ژوآئو موتینیو و ضربهٔ سر رونالدو، پرتغال بازی را ۰–۱ مقابل جمهوری چک برد و به نیمهنهایی راهیافت. او پس از بهثمر رساندن گل، جلوی دوربین دوید و ریشخندان شعار مسی را داد.
رونالدو پیش از مسابقات و در طول آن، بارها و بارها بهخصوص توسط دیهگو آرماندو مارادونا مورد ستایش قرارگرفت. مارادونا گفتهاست: «رونالدو بهترین بازیکن بر روی این سیارهاست و هممیهنان او، باید برای او یک بنای تاریخی در لیسبون بسازند. »رونالدو بههمراه پنج بازیکن دیگر، جزء بهترین گلزنان مشترک این جام با سه گل قرارگرفت؛ اگرچه فرناندو تورس، کفش طلای اروپا را بهدستآورد.
جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۱۶
در جام ملتهای اروپا ۲۰۱۶ تیم پرتغال موفق شد با غلبه بر فرانسه و با تک گلی که ادر در دقیقه ۱۰۸ در وقت اضافی به ثمر رساند به قهرمانی این سری رقابتها دست یابد.این در حالی بود که رونالدو در نیمه اول بازی مصدوم شد و چون قادر به ادامه بازی نبود، در دقیقه ۲۵ بازی تعویض شد.
او در این مسابقات موفق به ثمر رساندن سه گل شد. او هم چنین با سه پاس گل بهترین پاسور این مسابقات شد.
وی به عنوان هشتمین بازیکن برتر این مسابقات انتخاب شد.
جام جهانی ۲۰۱۸
در بازی سوم، تیم پرتغال مقابل تیم ملی فوتبال ایران صف آرایی کرد، لحظهٔ اوج این دیدار مهار پنالتی باد آوردهٔ کریستیانو رونالدو توسط علیرضا بیرانوند دروازهبان تیم ایران بود که پس از بازبینی VAR نصیب بازیکنان پرتغال شده بود. همچنین به اذعان برخی کارشناسان، رونالدو به دلیل خطای عمد غیر ورزشی و کوبیدن آرنج از پشت به بازیکن تیم ایران مرتضی پورعلیگنجی مستحق دریافت کارت قرمز از داور پاراگوئهای بازی انریکه کاسرس بود که پس از بازبینی VAR داور نهایتاً بر خلاف قوانین به نشان دادن کارت زرد به رونالدو اکتفا کرد. بازی نیز نهایتاً با پنالتی منجر به گل تیم ایران که توسط کریم انصاریفرد زده شد با نتیجهٔ مساوی ۱–۱ به پایان رسید و رونالدو در زدن گل به تیم ایران ناکام ماند و صدر جدول گلزنان را در مرحلهٔ گروهی از دست داد.
رکورد شکنی های رونالدو
در فصل ۲۰۱۴–۲۰۱۵ لیگ قهرمانان اروپا با دو گلی که در مرحله یکهشتم نهایی رقابتها در بازی برگشت در مقابل شالکه به ثمر رساند، رکورد رائول و لیونل مسی را شکست و با ۷۸ گل رکورددار گل تمام رقابتهای اروپایی شد. همچنین با این دو گل با ۷۵ گل زده مشترکاً به همراه لیونل مسی رکورددار گل لیگ قهرمانان اروپا شد.
او برای تیم ملی فوتبال پرتغال ۱۵۳ بار بازی کرده، ۹۵ گل به ثمر رسانده و ۲۷ پاس گل دادهاست.رونالدو توانست با هت تریک و زدن سه گل در نخستین بازی تیم ملی فوتبال پرتغال برابر اسپانیا در جام جهانی ۲۰۱۸ پس از علی دایی (۱۰۹ گل) رکورد فرانس پوشکاش (۸۴ گل) را پشت سر بگذارد و در ردهٔ دوم گلزنترین بازیکنان تاریخ فوتبال ملی جهان قرار بگیرد.
برخی دیگر از رکورد شکنی های جدید رونالدو در تیم یوونتوس
1. اولین بازیکنی که می تواند فاتح سه لیگ معتبر شود
هیچ بازیکنی در طول تاریخ موفق نشده در دوران ورزشیش، قهرمانی در سه لیگ معتبر EPL (لیگ برتر انگلستان)، لالیگا و سری آ را تجربه نماید. رونالدو پیش از این و با تیم منچستر یونایتد در سه فصل متوالی از 2006 تا 2009 توانسته به قهرمانی در لیگ برتر انگلیس دست یابد. وی با حضور در رئال مادرید نیز در دو فصل 2012-2011 و 2017-2016 نیز توانسته فاتح لالیگا شود و اکنون رویای قهرمانی در لیگی دیگر را در سر می پروراند. با توجه به اینکه یوونتوس تخصص بالایی در زمینه قهرمانی در لیگ ایتالیا و سری آ دارد، می توان CR7 را اولین بازیکنی در تاریخ بنامیم که توانسته فاتح سه لیگ معتبر در دنیای فوتبال شود و به این مهم دست یابد.
2. قهرمانی در لیگ قهرمانان اروپا با سه تیم مختلف
کلارنس سیدورف تنها بازیکنی در تاریخ است که توانسته با سه تیم مختلف آژاکس (1 بار)، رئال مادرید (1 بار) و میلان (2 بار) فاتح لیگ قهرمانان اروپا شود. کریس رونالدو با دو تیم منچستر یونایتد (1 بار) و رئال مادرید (4 بار) و درمجموع 5 بار توانسته کاپ قهرمانی رقابت های UCL را بالای سر ببرد. آخرین قهرمانی یوونتوس در لیگ قهرمانان اروپا به فصل 1996-1995 برمی گردد و هواداران بیانکونری امیدوارند با درخشش بازیکنی که تخصص بالایی در این رقابت ها دارد، بتوانند پس از 22 سال به قهرمانی در رقابت های اروپایی دست یابند.
3. ششمین توپ طلا
لیونل مسی و کریستیانو رونالدو هر کدام توانسته اند به 5 توپ طلای جهان دست یابند و از سال 2007 که کاکا این عنوان را به خود اختصاص داده تا به الان فقط این دو بازیکن توانسته اند این عنوان مهم را بین خود تقسیم نمایند. اولین توپ طلای فوق ستاره پرتغالی در سال 2008 و زمانی که در منچستریونایتد بازی می کرد، به او تعلق گرفت و بعد از آن تا سال 2013 رونالدو در زمینه تصاحب این عنوان ناموفق بود. رونالدو 4 توپ طلای دیگرش را فقط در 5 سال اخیر کسب کرده که همگی آن ها را هم در رئال مادرید به دست آورده است. حال رونالدو امیدوار است با درخشش در تیم یوونتوس، سری آ و رقابت های اروپایی پیش رو، باز هم بتواند این عنوان را تصاحب کرده و به ششمین توپ طلای خود نیز برسد. گفتنی است هیچ بازیکنی در یوونتوس پس از پاول ندود در سال 2003 به این افتخار مهم دست نیافته است.
4. بیشترین گل زده در یک فصل در سری آ
گونزالو هیگواین به همراه جینو روزتی با 36 گل، رکوردار بیش ترین گل زده در یک فصل در سری آ هستند. هر چند شاید بیشتر تمرکز مسئولان یوونتوس از خرید CR7 حضور موفق در رقابت های چمپیونز است، زیرا بدون رونالدو هم این تیم مشکل آن چنانی درقهرمانی در لیگ ایتالیا نداشته است. شرایط سنی رونالدو که پا به 34 سالگی می گذارد و همچنین خود لیگ ایتالیا ممکن است، برای رونالدو و زدن بیش از 36 گل و رکورد بهترین گلزن تاریخ سری آ چالش دشوار به حساب بیاید. هر چند رونالدو در ترکیب رئال مادرید و در سه فصل 2011-2010، 2012-2011 و 2015-2014 توانسته بیش از 36 گل را در لالیگا به ثمر برساند. باید دید با شروع فصل جدید سری A آیا رونالدو می تواند به این موفقیت مهم نیز دست یابد یا خیر؟
5. بیشترین هت تریک در سری آ
رونالدو مرد رکوردهاست و یکی از رکوردهایی که او همیشه علاقه مند به شکستن آن است، گلزنی و هت تریک در مسابقات مختلف است. کریس رونالدو با 34 هت تریک در لالیگا (تا 18 مارس 2018) به عنوان بهترین بازیکن در این لیگ شناخته می شود و مسی با 30 هت تریک (تا 29 آوریل 2018) در پشت سر او قرار می گیرد. بیشترین تعداد هت تریک در تاریخ مسابقات سری آ به صورت مشترک، مربوط به اسطوره کشور ایتالیا و باشگاه اینتر، جوزپه مه آتزا و گونار نوردال بازیکن سوئدی و محبوب تیم میلان است که هر کدام توانسته اند در لیگ ایتالیا، 17 هت تریک را به ثمر برسانند. حال آقای هت تریک، کافی است در مدت قرارداد خود با یوونتوس که چهار فصل است، در هر فصل 4 و بیش از 4 هت تریک را در این لیگ ثبت نماید تا به راحتی بتواند این عنوان و رکورد مهم را نیز در کارنامه افتخارات ورزشیش ببیند.
|Full name||Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro|
|Date of birth||5 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Funchal, Madeira, Portugal|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2002–2003||Sporting CP B||2||(0)|
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (European Portuguese: [kɾiʃˈtjɐnu ʁɔˈnaɫdu]; born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time,Ronaldo has won five FIFA Ballon d’or/Best FIFA Men’s Player awards, the most for a European player, and four European Golden Shoes. He has won 29 trophies in his career, including six league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League. A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League (128) and the UEFA European Championship (9). He has scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country.]
Born and raised on the Portuguese island of Madeira, Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart at age 15. He underwent an operation to treat his condition, and began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United at age 18 in 2003. After winning his first trophy in England, the FA Cup, during his first season there, he helped United win three successive Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup. By age 22, he had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations and at age 23, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. In 2009, Ronaldo was the subject of the most expensive association football transfer at the time when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth €94 million £80 million
With Real Madrid, Ronaldo won 15 trophies, including two La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and four UEFA Champions League titles. Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer, Ronaldo scored a record 34 La Liga hat-tricks, including a record-tying eight hat-tricks in the 2014–15 season and is the only player to reach 30 goals in six consecutive La Liga seasons. After joining Madrid, Ronaldo finished runner-up for the Ballon d’Or three times, behind Lionel Messi, his perceived career rival, before winning back-to-back Ballons d’Or in 2013 and 2014. After winning consecutive Champions League titles, Ronaldo secured back-to-back Ballons d’Or again in 2016 and 2017. A historic third consecutive Champions League followed, making Ronaldo the first player to win the trophy five times. In 2018, he signed for Juventus in a transfer worth an initial €100 million; the highest ever paid by an Italian club and the highest fee ever paid for a player over 30 years old. In his first season he won Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana, and was also named Serie A Most Valuable Player
Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation in 2015. He made his senior debut in 2003 at age 18, and has since earned over 160 caps, appearing and scoring in ten major tournaments, becoming Portugal’s most capped player and his country’s all-time top goalscorer. He scored his first international goal at Euro 2004 and helped Portugal reach the UEFA Euro 2004 Final of the competition. He became captain in July 2008, leading Portugal to their first-ever triumph in a major tournament by winning Euro 2016, and received the Silver Boot. He became the highest European international goalscorer of all-time in 2018.
One of the most marketable athletes in the world, Ronaldo was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017 and as the world’s most famous athlete by ESPN in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Time included him on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. As of September 2019, Ronaldo is also the
most followed user on Instagram
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in São Pedro, Funchal, on the Portuguese island of Madeira, and grew up in Santo António, Funchal. He is the fourth and youngest child of Maria Dolores Spinola dos Santos da Aveiro (b. 1954), a cook, and José Dinis Aveiro (1953–2005), a municipal gardener and a part-time kit man. His great-grandmother on his father’s side, Isabel da Piedade, was from the island of São Vicente, Cape Verde. He has one older brother, Hugo (b. 1975), and two older sisters, Elma (b. 1973) and Liliana Cátia “Katia” (b. 1977), who is a singer. Ronaldo grew up in a Catholic and impoverished home, sharing a room with all his siblings
As a child, Ronaldo played for amateur team Andorinha from 1992 to 1995, where his father was the kit man, and later spent two years with Nacional. In 1997, aged 12, he went on a three-day trial with Sporting CP, who signed him for a fee of £1,500. He subsequently moved from Madeira to Alcochete, near Lisbon, to join Sporting’s other youth players at the club’s football academy. By age 14, Ronaldo believed he had the ability to play semi-professionally, and agreed with his mother to cease his education in order to focus entirely on football. While popular with other students at school, he had been expelled after throwing a chair at his teacher, who he said had “disrespected” him. However, one year later, he was diagnosed with a racing heart, a condition that could have forced him to give up playing football. Ronaldo underwent heart surgery where a laser was used to cauterise multiple cardiac pathways into one, altering his resting heart rate.He was discharged from the hospital hours after the procedure and resumed training a few days later
amily, children and relationships
Ronaldo has four children. He first became a father to a son, Cristiano Jr., born on 17 June 2010 in the United States.He stated that he has full custody of the child and would not be publicly revealing the identity of the mother as per agreement with her.In January 2015, Ronaldo announced his five-year relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk had ended
Ronaldo then became father to twins, daughter Eva and son Mateo, born on 8 June 2017 in the United States via surrogacy. He is in a relationship with Spanish model Georgina Rodríguez, who gave birth to their daughter Alana Martina, on 12 November 2017
Ronaldo’s father, José, died of an alcoholism-related liver condition at age 52 in September 2005 when Ronaldo was 20.Ronaldo has said that he does not drink alcohol, and he received libel damages over a Daily Mirror article that reported him drinking heavily in a nightclub while recovering from an injury in July 2008.His mother, Dolores, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 but eventually recovered
Ronaldo has made contributions to various charitable causes throughout his career. Television footage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami showed an eight-year-old boy survivor named Martunis wearing a number 7 Portuguese football shirt who was stranded for 19 days after his family was killed. Following this, Ronaldo visited Aceh, Indonesia, to raise funds for rehabilitation and reconstruction.After accepting undisclosed damages from a libel case against The Sun newspaper in 2008, Ronaldo donated the damages to a charity in Madeira. In 2009, Ronaldo donated £100,000 to the hospital that saved his mother’s life in Madeira following her battle with cancer, so that they could build a cancer centre on the island.In support of the victims of the 2010 Madeira flood, Ronaldo pledged to play in a charity match in Madeira between Primeira Liga club Porto and players from Madeiran-based clubs Marítimo and Nacional
In 2012, Ronaldo and his agent paid for specialist treatment for a nine-year-old Canarian boy with apparently terminal cancer.[In December 2012, Ronaldo joined FIFA’s “11 for Health” programme to raise awareness amongst kids of how to steer clear of conditions including drug addiction, HIV, malaria and obesity. In January 2013, Ronaldo became Save the Children’s new Global Artist Ambassador, in which he hopes to help fight child hunger and obesity. In March, Ronaldo agreed to be the ambassador for The Mangrove Care Forum in Indonesia, an organisation aiming to raise awareness of mangrove conservation
Ronaldo was named the world’s most charitable sportsperson in 2015 after donating £5 million to the relief effort after the earthquake in Nepal which killed over 8,000 people. In June 2016, Ronaldo donated the entirety of his €600,000 Champions League bonus after Real Madrid won the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. In August 2016, Ronaldo launched CR7Selfie, a selfie app for charity to help Save the Children that lets participants take a selfie with him in one of several different outfits and poses.In the app, fans can select from among 68 photos of Ronaldo in different outfits and poses, and scroll through 39 filters to apply to their selfies
In July 2017, Ronaldo was charged with fraudulently evading almost €15 million in tax between 2011 and 2014, a claim he denied at the time. In June 2018, Ronaldo was given a two-year suspended jail sentence and fined €18.8 million, later reduced to €16.8 million after reaching a deal with Spanish authorities. The sentence can be served under probation, without any jail time, so long as he does not re-offend
Ronaldo and another man were investigated by the British Crown Prosecution Service after a 2005 rape allegation was brought forward by two women. Within days, the two women withdrew their allegation and Scotland Yard later issued a statement declaring there was not enough evidence for a prosecution. In April 2017, it was reported that Ronaldo was being investigated for a rape allegation by the Las Vegas Police Department originating in 2009.Documents, confirmed by Ronaldo’s lawyers, state that Ronaldo paid a woman US$375,000 in a non-disclosure settlement. Ronaldo and his lawyers issued a lengthy statement denying all accusations, describing them as an “intentional defamation campaign” with parts significantly “altered and/or completely fabricated”,a claim which Der Spiegel categorically denied.[In July 2019, Las Vegas prosecutors said they would not charge Ronaldo over allegations of rape; the statement added: “Based upon a review of information at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt
Style of play
A versatile attacker, Ronaldo is capable of playing on either wing as well as through the centre of the pitch, and, while ostensibly right-footed, is very strong with both feet. He ranks among the world’s fastest footballers, both with and without the ball.Tactically, Ronaldo has undergone several evolutions throughout his career. While at Sporting and during his first season at Manchester United, he was typically deployed as a traditional winger on the right side of midfield, where he regularly looked to deliver crosses into the penalty area. In this position, he was able to use his pace and acceleration, agility, and technical skills to take on opponents in one-on-one situations. Ronaldo became noted for his dribbling and flair, often displaying an array of tricks and feints, such as the step overs and so-called ‘chops’ that became his trademark
As Ronaldo matured, he underwent a major physical transformation, developing a muscular body type that allows him to retain possession of the ball, and strong legs that make up for an outstanding jumping ability. His strength and jumping ability, combined with his elevation, heading accuracy, and height of 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in), gives him an edge in winning aerial challenges for balls. These attributes allow him to function as a target-man, and make him an aerial goal threat in the penalty area; consequently, many of his goals have been headers. Allied with his increased stamina and work-rate, his goalscoring ability improved drastically on the left wing where he was given the positional freedom to move into the centre to finish attacks. He also increasingly played a creative role for his team, often dropping deep to pick up the ball, participate in the build-up of plays, and create chances for his teammates, courtesy of his good vision and passing ability
In his final seasons at United, Ronaldo played an even more attacking and central role, functioning both as a striker and as a supporting forward, or even as an attacking midfielder on occasion. He developed into a prolific goalscorer, capable of finishing well both inside the penalty area and from distance with an accurate and powerful shot, courtesy of his striking ability.An accurate penalty kick taker,he also became a set piece specialist, renowned for his powerful, bending free kicks,though his ability in this regard deteriorated later on in his career. When taking free kicks, Ronaldo is known for using the knuckleball technique, which had previously been popularised by Juninho Pernambucano; he also adopts a trademark stance before striking the ball, which involves him standing with his legs far apart. Regarding Cristiano Ronaldo’s unique style of taking free kicks, former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has commented: “People used to put the ball down, walk away, run up and hit it. He brought in a more dynamic showmanship. He places the ball down, the concentration level is high, he takes his certain amount of steps back so that his standing foot is in the perfect place to hit the ball in the sweet spot. He is the ultimate showman. He has that slight arrogance. When he pulls those shorts up and shows his thighs, he is saying ‘All eyes on me’ and this is going in. He understands the marketing side of it. The way he struts up and places it; the world is watching him
At Real Madrid, Ronaldo continued to play a more offensive role, while his creative and defensive duties became more limited, although not entirely diminished. Initially deployed as a centre forward, he was later moved back onto the left wing, though in a free tactical role; this position allowed him to drift into the centre at will to get onto the end of crosses and score, or draw out defenders with his movement off the ball and leave space for teammates to exploit.Madrid’s counter-attacking style of play also allowed him to become a more efficient and consistent player, as evidenced by his record-breaking goalscoring feats. However, while he mainly drew praise in the media for his prolific goalscoring, he also demonstrated his ability as an effective creator in this role. From 2013 onwards, he effectively adapted his style to the physical effects of ageing with increasingly reduced off the ball movement and general involvement, completing fewer dribbles and passes per game, and instead focusing on short-distance creating and goalscoring. Since 2017, Ronaldo has adapted his style of play yet again to become more of a free-roaming centre forward, a role in which he has continued to excel and maintain a prolific goalscoring record; in this position, he has earned praise in the media for his intelligent movement both on and off the ball, his excellent positional sense, link-up play, clinical finishing, and his opportunism, as well as his ability to lose or anticipate his markers, find space in the box, and score from few opportunities
In his first season at Juventus, Ronaldo continued to play in a variety of different attacking roles, depending on whom he was partnered with. While he had occupied an increasingly offensive role in his final years at Real Madrid, at times he functioned in a free role at Juventus, either as a lone striker or in his trademark role on the left wing, in a 4–2–3–1 or 4–3–3 formation, in which he often switched positions with Mario Mandžukić. In this role, he was also given licence to drop deep or even out wide onto the right flank in order to receive the ball, and be more involved in the build-up of plays; as such, aside from scoring goals himself, he began to take on opponents and create chances for other players with greater frequency than he had in his final seasons with Real Madrid. Off the ball, he was also capable of creating space for teammates with his movement and attacking runs into the box, or finishing off chances with his head or feet by getting onto the end of his teammates’ crosses.On occasion he also played in an attacking partnership alongside Mandžukić in a 4–3–1–2, 4–4–2, or 3–5–2 formation. He continued to play a similar role in his second season with the club
At age 16, Ronaldo was promoted from Sporting’s youth team by first-team manager László Bölöni, who was impressed with his dribbling.He subsequently became the first player to play for the club’s under-16, under-17 and under-18 teams, the B team, and the first team, all within a single season. A year later, on 7 October 2002, Ronaldo made his debut in the Primeira Liga, against Moreirense, and scored two goals in their 3–0 win. Over the course of the 2002–03 season, his representatives suggested the player to Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier and Barcelona president Joan Laporta.Manager Arsène Wenger, who was interested in signing the winger, met with him at Arsenal’s grounds in November to discuss a possible transfer
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, however, determined to acquire Ronaldo on a permanent move urgently, after Sporting defeated United 3–1 at the inauguration of the Estádio José Alvalade in August 2003. Initially, United had just planned to sign Ronaldo and then loan him back to Sporting for a year. Having been impressed by him, however, the Manchester United players urged Ferguson to sign him. After the game, Ferguson agreed to pay Sporting £12.24 million for what he considered to be “one of the most exciting young players” he had ever seen. A decade after his departure from the club, in April 2013, Sporting honoured Ronaldo by selecting him to become their 100,000th member
2003–07: Development and breakthrough
Ronaldo became Manchester United’s first-ever Portuguese player when he signed before the 2003–04 season. His transfer fee of £12.24 million made him, at the time, the most expensive teenager in English football history. Although he requested the number 28, his number at Sporting, he received the number 7 shirt, which had previously been worn by such United players as George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Wearing the number 7 became an extra source of motivation for Ronaldo. A key element in his development during his time in England proved to be his manager, Alex Ferguson, of whom he later said, “He’s been my father in sport, one of the most important and influential factors in my career.”
Ronaldo made his debut in the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers on 16 August 2003, receiving a standing ovation when he came on as a 60th-minute substitute for Nicky Butt.His performance earned praise from George Best, who hailed it as “undoubtedly the most exciting debut” he had ever seen. Ronaldo scored his first goal for Manchester United with a free-kick in a 3–0 win over Portsmouth on 1 November. Three other league goals followed in the second half of the campaign, the last of which came against Aston Villa on the final day of the season, a match in which he also received his first red card. Ronaldo ended his first season in English football by scoring the opening goal in United’s 3–0 victory over Millwall in the FA Cup final, earning his first trophy
At the start of 2005, Ronaldo played two of his best matches of the 2004–05 season, producing a goal and an assist against Aston Villa and scoring twice against rivals Arsenal.He played the full 120 minutes of the decisive match against Arsenal in the FA Cup final, which ended in a goalless draw, and scored his attempt in the lost penalty shootout.He scored Manchester United’s 1000th Premier League goal on 29 October, their only strike in a 4–1 loss to Middlesbrough. Midway through the season, in November, he signed a new contract which extended his previous deal by two years to 2010. Ronaldo won his second trophy in English football, the Football League Cup, after scoring the third goal in United’s 4–0 final victory over Wigan Athletic
During his third season in England, Ronaldo was involved in several incidents. He had a one-match ban imposed on him by UEFA for a “one-fingered gesture” towards Benfica fans, and was sent off in the Manchester derby—a 3–1 defeat—for kicking Manchester City’s former United player Andy Cole. Ronaldo clashed with a teammate, striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who took offence at the winger’s showboating style of play. Following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in which he was involved in an incident where club teammate Wayne Rooney was sent off,Ronaldo publicly asked for a transfer, lamenting the lack of support he felt he had received from the club over the incident.United, however, denied the possibility of him leaving the club
Although his World Cup altercation with Rooney resulted in Ronaldo being booed throughout the 2006–07 season, it proved to be his breakout year, as he broke the 20-goal barrier for the first time and won his first Premier League title. An important factor in this success was his one-to-one training by first-team coach René Meulensteen, who taught him to make himself more unpredictable, improve his teamwork, call for the ball, and capitalise on goalscoring opportunities rather than waiting for the chance to score the aesthetically pleasing goals for which he was already known. He scored three consecutive braces at the end of December, against Aston Villa—a victory which put United on top of the league—Wigan Athletic, and Reading.Ronaldo was named the Premier League Player of the Month in November and December, becoming only the third player to receive consecutive honours
2007–08: Collective and individual success
At the quarter-final stage of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, Ronaldo scored his first-ever goals in the competition, finding the net twice in a 7–1 victory over Roma. He subsequently scored four minutes into the first semi-final leg against Milan, which ended in a 3–2 win,but was marked out of the second leg as United lost 3–0 at the San Siro.He also helped United reach the FA Cup final, but the decisive match against Chelsea ended in a 1–0 defeat. Ronaldo scored the only goal in the Manchester derby on 5 May 2007—his 50th goal for the club—as Manchester United claimed their first Premier League title in four years. As a result of his performances, he amassed a host of personal awards for the season. He won the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player’s Player, Fans’ Player, and Young Player of the Year awards, as well as the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award,becoming the first player to win all four main PFA and FWA honours. His club wages were concurrently upgraded to £120,000 a week (£31 million total) as part of a five-year contract extension with United. At the end of 2007, Ronaldo was named runner-up to Kaká for the Ballon d’Or, and came third, behind Kaká and Lionel Messi, in the running for the FIFA World Player of the Year award
Ronaldo scored his first and only hat-trick for Manchester United in a 6–0 win against Newcastle United on 12 January 2008, bringing United up to the top of the Premier League table. A month later, on 19 March, he captained United for the first time in a home win over Bolton, and scored both goals of the match.His second goal was his 33rd of the campaign, which bettered George Best’s total of 32 goals in the 1967–68 season, thus setting the club’s new single-season record by a midfielder. His 31 league goals earned him the Premier League Golden Boot, as well as the European Golden Shoe, which made him the first winger to win the latter award.He additionally received the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards for the second consecutive season
In the knockout stage of the Champions League, Ronaldo scored the decisive goal against Lyon, which helped United advance to the quarter-finals 2–1 on aggregate,and, while playing as a striker, scored with a header in the 3–0 aggregate victory over Roma.United advanced to the final against Chelsea in Moscow, where, despite his opening goal being negated by an equaliser and his penalty being saved in the shoot-out,Manchester United emerged victorious.As the Champions League top scorer, Ronaldo was named the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
Ronaldo scored a total of 42 goals in all competitions during the 2007–08 season, his most prolific campaign during his time in England. He missed three matches after headbutting a Portsmouth player at the start of the season, an experience he said taught him not to let opponents provoke him.As rumours circulated of Ronaldo’s interest in moving to Real Madrid, United filed a tampering complaint with governing body FIFA over Madrid’s alleged pursuit of their player, but they declined to take action.FIFA president Sepp Blatter asserted that the player should be allowed to leave his club, describing the situation as “modern slavery”. Despite Ronaldo publicly agreeing with Blatter,he remained at United for another year
2008–09: Final season and continued success
Ahead of the 2008–09 season, on 7 July, Ronaldo underwent ankle surgery,which kept him out of action for 10 weeks.Following his return, he scored his 100th goal in all competitions for United with the first of two free kicks in a 5–0 win against Stoke City on 15 November,which meant he had now scored against all 19 opposition teams in the Premier League at the time.At the close of 2008, Ronaldo helped United win the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, assisting the final-winning goal against Liga de Quito and winning the Silver Ball in the process. He subsequently became United’s first Ballon d’Or winner since George Best in 1968,and the first Premier League player to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year
His match-winning goal in the second leg against Porto, a 40-yard strike, earned him the inaugural FIFA Puskás Award, presented by FIFA in recognition of the best goal of the year;he later called it the best goal he had ever scored.United advanced to the final in Rome, where he made little impact in United’s 2–0 defeat to Barcelona. Ronaldo ended his time in England with nine trophies, as United claimed their third successive Premier League title and a Football League Cup. He finished the campaign with 26 goals in all competitions, 16 goals fewer than the previous season, in four more appearances.His final ever goal for Manchester United came on 10 May 2009 with a free kick in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford
2009–13: World record transfer and La Liga championship
Ahead of the2009–10 season, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for aworld record transfer feeat the time, of £80 million (€94 million).His contract, which ran until 2015, was worth €11 million per year and contained a €1 billion buy-out clause.At least 80,000 fans attended his presentation at theSantiago Bernabéu, surpassing the 25-year record of 75,000 fans who had welcomedDiego MaradonaatNapoli.Since club captainRaúlalready wore the number 7, the number Ronaldo wore at Manchester United. Ronaldo received the number 9 shirt,which was presented to him by former Madrid playerAlfredo Di Stéfano
Ronaldo made his debut inLa Ligaon 29 August 2009, againstDeportivo La Coruña, and scored from the penalty spot in Madrid’s 3–2 home win.He scored in each of his first four league fixtures with the club, the first Madrid player to do so.His first Champions League goals for the club followed with two free kicks in the first group match againstZürich.His strong start to the season, however, was interrupted when he suffered an ankle injury in October while on international duty, which kept him sidelined for seven weeks.A week after his return, he received his first red card in Spain in a match againstAlmería.Midway through the season, Ronaldo placed second in the running for theBallon d’Orand theFIFA World Player of the Yearaward, behind Lionel Messi ofBarcelona, Madrid’s historic rivals. He finished the campaign with 33 goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick in a 4–1 win againstMallorcaon 5 May 2010, his first in the Spanish competition.His first season at Real Madrid ended trophyless
Following Raúl’s departure, Ronaldo was handed the number 7 shirt for Real Madrid before the2010–11 season.His subsequent return to his Ballon d’Or-winning form was epitomised when, for the first time in his career, he scored four goals in a single match during a 6–1 rout againstRacing Santanderon 23 October.His haul concluded a goalscoring run of six consecutive matches—three in La Liga, one in the Champions League, and two for Portugal—totalling 11 goals, the most he had scored in a single month. Ronaldo subsequently scored further hat-tricks againstAthletic Bilbao,Levante,Villarreal, andMálaga.Despite his performance, he did not make the podium for the inauguralFIFA Ballon d’Orat the end of 2010
During a historical series of fourClásicosagainst rivals Barcelona in April 2011, Ronaldo scored twice to equal his personal record of 42 goals in all competitions in a single season. Although he failed to find the net during Madrid’s eventual elimination in the Champions League semi-finals, he equalised from the penalty spot in the return league game and scored the match-winning goal in the 103rd minute of theCopa del Rey final, winning his first trophy in Spain.Over the next two weeks, Ronaldo scored another four-goal haul againstSevilla,a hat-trick againstGetafe,and a brace of free kicks against Villarreal, taking his league total to 38 goals, which equalled the record for most goals scored in a season held byTelmo ZarraandHugo Sánchez.His two goals in the last match of the season, againstAlmería, made him the first player in La Liga to score 40 goals.In addition to thePichichi Trophy, Ronaldo consequently won the European Golden Shoe for a second time, becoming the first player to win the award in two different leagues
During the following campaign, the2011–12 season, Ronaldo surpassed his previous goalscoring feats to achieve a new personal best of 60 goals across all competitions.His 100th goal for Real Madrid came atCamp Nouin theSupercopa de España, though Barcelona claimed the trophy 5–4 on aggregate.He regained a place on theFIFA Ballon d’Orpodium, as runner-up to Messi, after scoring hat-tricks againstReal Zaragoza,Rayo Vallecano, Málaga,Osasuna, and Sevilla, the last of which put Madrid on top of the league by the season’s midway point.Despite two goals from Ronaldo, Madrid were subsequently defeated by Barcelona, 4–3, on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. He again scored twice, including a penalty, in the Champions League semi-finals againstBayern Munich, resulting in a 3–3 draw, but his penalty kick in the shootout was saved byManuel Neuer, leading to Madrid’s elimination
2013–15: Consecutive FIFA Ballon d’Or wins and La Décima
Following the 2012–13 winter break, Ronaldo captained Real Madrid for the first time in an official match, scoring a brace to lift 10-man Madrid to a 4–3 victory over Real Sociedad on 6 January. He subsequently became the first non-Spanish player in 60 years to captain Madrid in El Clásico on 30 January, a match which also marked his 500th club appearance.Three days prior, he had scored his 300th club goal as part of a perfect hat-trick against Getafe. He scored his 200th goal for Real Madrid on 8 May in a 6–2 win against Málaga, reaching the landmark in 197 games. He helped Madrid reach the Copa del Rey final by scoring twice in El Clásico, which marked the sixth successive match at Camp Nou in which he had scored,a Real Madrid record.In the final, he headed the opening goal of an eventual 2–1 defeat to Atlético Madrid, but was shown a red card for violent conduct. In the first knockout round of the Champions League, Ronaldo faced his former club Manchester United for the first time. After scoring the equaliser in a 1–1 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu, he scored the match-winning goal in a 2–1 victory at Old Trafford, his first return to his former home ground.He did not celebrate scoring against his former club as a mark of respect. After scoring three goals against Galatasaray in the quarters, he scored Madrid’s only goal in the 4–1 away defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals, but failed to increase his side’s 2–0 victory in the second leg, as they were eliminated at the semi-final stage for the third consecutive year
At the start of the 2013–14 season, Ronaldo signed a new contract that extended his stay by three years to 2018, with a salary of €17 million net, making him briefly the highest-paid player in football. He was joined at the club by winger Gareth Bale, whose world record transfer fee of €100 million surpassed the fee Madrid had paid for Ronaldo four years prior. Together with striker Karim Benzema, they formed an attacking trio popularly dubbed “BBC”, an acronym of Bale, Benzema, and Cristiano, and a play off the name of the public service broadcaster. By late November, Ronaldo had scored 32 goals from 22 matches for both club and country, including hat-tricks against Galatasaray, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Northern Ireland, and Sweden.He ended 2013 with 69 goals in 59 appearances, his highest year-end goal tally. He received the FIFA Ballon d’Or, an amalgamation of the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, for the first time in his career
Concurrently with his individual achievements, Ronaldo enjoyed his greatest team success in Spain to date, as he helped Real Madrid win La Décima, their tenth European Cup. His goal in a 3–0 home win over Borussia Dortmund—his 100th Champions League match—took his total for the season to 14 goals, equalling the record Messi had set two years before. After hitting a brace in a 4–0 defeat of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, he scored from the penalty spot in the 120th minute of the 4–1 final victory over Atlético Madrid, becoming the first player to score in two European Cup finals for two different winning teams.His overall performance in the final was subdued as a result of patellar tendinitis and related hamstring problems, which had plagued him in the last months of the campaign. Ronaldo played the final against medical advice, later commenting: “In your life you do not win without sacrifices and you must take risks.”As the Champions League top goalscorer for the third time, with a record 17 goals,[he was named the UEFA Best Player in Europe.
In the Copa del Rey, Ronaldo helped Madrid reach the final by scoring two penalties against Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón,the first of which meant he had now scored in every single minute of a 90-minute football match. His continued issues with his knee and thigh caused him to miss the final, where Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 2–1 to claim the trophy. Ronaldo scored 31 goals in 30 league games, which earned him the Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe, receiving the latter award jointly with Liverpool striker Luis Suárez. Among his haul was his 400th career goal, in 653 appearances for club and country, which came with a brace against Celta Vigo on 6 January; he dedicated his goals to compatriot Eusébio, who had died two days before. A last-minute, backheeled volley scored against Valencia on 4 May—his 50th goal in all competitions—was recognised as the best goal of the season by the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, which additionally named Ronaldo the Best Player in La Liga
During the next campaign, the 2014–15 season, Ronaldo set a new personal best of 61 goals in all competitions, starting with both goals in Real Madrid’s 2–0 victory over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup. He subsequently achieved his best-ever goalscoring start to a league campaign, with a record 15 goals in the first eight rounds of La Liga.His record 23rd hat-trick in La Liga, scored against Celta Vigo on 6 December, made him the fastest player to reach 200 goals in the Spanish league, as he reached the milestone in only his 178th game.After lifting the FIFA Club World Cup with Madrid in Morocco, Ronaldo received a second successive FIFA Ballon d’Or, joining Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Marco van Basten as a three-time Ballon d’Or winner
2015–17: All-time Real Madrid top scorer and La Undécima
Madrid finished in second-place in La Liga in the 2014–15 season and exited at the semi-final stage in the Champions League.In the latter competition, Ronaldo extended his run of scoring away to a record 12 matches with his strike in a 2–0 win against Schalke 04. He scored both of his side’s goals in the semi-finals against Juventus, where Madrid were eliminated 2–3 on aggregate.With 10 goals, he finished the campaign as top scorer for a third consecutive season, alongside Messi and Neymar. In La Liga, for the first time in his career he scored five goals in one game, including an eight-minute hat-trick, in a 9–1 rout of Granada on 5 April.His 300th goal for his club followed three days later in a 2–0 win against Rayo Vallecano.Subsequent hat-tricks against Sevilla, Espanyol, and Getafe took his number of hat-tricks for Real Madrid to 31, surpassing Di Stéfano’s club record of 28.He finished the season with 48 goals, winning a second consecutive Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe for a record fourth time
At the start of his seventh season at Real Madrid, the 2015–16 campaign, Ronaldo became the club’s all-time top scorer, first in the league and then in all competitions. His five-goal haul in a 6–0 away win over Espanyol on 12 September took his tally in La Liga to 230 goals in 203 games, surpassing the club’s previous recordholder, Raúl. A month later, on 17 October, he again surpassed Raúl when he scored the second goal in a 3–0 defeat of Levante at the Bernabéu to take his overall total for the club to 324 goals. Ronaldo also became the all-time top scorer in the Champions League with a hat-trick in the first group match against Shakhtar Donetsk, having finished the previous season level with Messi on 77 goals. Two goals against Malmö FF in a 2–0 away win on 30 September saw him reach the milestone of 500 career goals for both club and country.He subsequently became the first player to score double figures in the competition’s group stage, setting the record at 11 goals, including another four-goal haul against Malmö
Ronaldo’s four goals in a 7–1 home win over Celta de Vigo on 5 March 2016 took his total to 252 goals in La Liga, becoming the competition’s second-highest scorer in history behind Messi. He scored a hat-trick against VfL Wolfsburg to send his club into the Champions League semi-finals. The treble took his tally in the competition to 16 goals, making him the top scorer for the fourth consecutive season, and the fifth overall.Suffering apparent fitness issues, Ronaldo gave a poorly-received performance in the final against Atlético Madrid, in a repeat of the 2014 final, though his penalty in the subsequent shoot-out secured La Undécima, Madrid’s 11th victory. For the sixth successive year, he ended the season having scored more than 50 goals across all competitions. For his efforts during the season, he received the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for a second time
Ronaldo missed Real Madrid’s first three matches of the 2016–17 season, including the 2016 UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla, as he continued to rehabilitate the knee injury he suffered against France in the final of Euro 2016. On 15 September, he did not celebrate his late free kick equaliser against Sporting CP in the Champions League, with Ronaldo stating post match, “they made me who I am.”[ On 19 November, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 away win against Atlético Madrid, making him the all-time top scorer in the Madrid derby with 18 goals.On 15 December, Ronaldo scored his 500th club career goal in the 2–0 victory over Club América in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup.He then scored a hat-trick in the 4–2 win over Japanese club Kashima Antlers in the final. Ronaldo finished the tournament as top scorer with four goals and was also named player of the tournament.He won the Ballon d’Or for a fourth time and the inaugural Best FIFA Men’s Player, a revival of the former FIFA World Player of the Year, largely owing to his success with Portugal in winning Euro 2016
2017–18: Fifth Champions League title and fifth Ballon d’Or
In the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich in April, Ronaldo scored both goals in a 2–1 away win which saw him make history in becoming the first player to reach 100 goals in UEFA club competition.In the second leg of the quarter-finals, Ronaldo scored a ‘perfect’ hat-trick and reached his 100th UEFA Champions League goal, becoming the first player to do so as Real Madrid again defeated Bayern 4–2 after extra-time. On 2 May, Ronaldo scored another hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated Atlético Madrid 3–0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg. On 17 May, Ronaldo overtook Jimmy Greaves as the all-time top scorer in the top five European leagues, scoring twice against Celta de Vigo.[He finished the season with 42 goals in all competitions as he helped Madrid to win their first La Liga title since 2012.In the 2017 Champions League final, Ronaldo scored two goals in the victory against Juventus and became the top goalscorer for the fifth-straight season, and sixth overall, with 12 goals, while also becoming the first player to score in three finals in the Champions League era as well as reaching his 600th senior career goal.Madrid also became the first team to win back-to-back finals in the Champions League era
At the start of the 2017–18 season, Ronaldo scored Madrid’s second goal in a 3–1 Supercopa de España first-leg victory over Barcelona at Camp Nou.On 23 October, his performances in the first half of 2017 saw him claim his fifth FIFA Player of the Year award by receiving The Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the second consecutive year.On 6 December, he became the first player to score in all six Champions League group stage matches with a curling strike at home to Borussia Dortmund. A day later, Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time, receiving the award on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.On 3 March 2018, he scored two goals in a 3–1 home win over Getafe, his first being his 300th La Liga goal in his 286th La Liga appearance, making him the fastest player to reach this landmark and only the second player to do so after Lionel Messi.On 18 March, he reached his 50th career hat-trick, scoring four goals in a 6–3 win against Girona
On 3 April, Ronaldo scored the first two goals in a 3–0 away win against Juventus in the quarter-finals of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, with his second goal being an acrobatic bicycle kick.The goal, described as a “PlayStation goal” by Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli, garnered him a standing ovation from the Juventus fans in the stadium, as well as a plethora of plaudits from peers, pundits and coaches. On 11 April, he scored the goal Real Madrid needed to advance to the semi-final, in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final at home to Juventus, from a 98th-minute injury time penalty in a 3–1 defeat, with an overall 4–3 aggregate win. It was also his tenth goal against Juventus, a Champions League record against a single club.In the final of the tournament, on 26 May, Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3–1, winning Ronaldo his fifth Champions League title as he became the first player to win the trophy five times. He finished as the top scorer of the tournament for the sixth consecutive season, ending the campaign with 15 goals. After the final, Ronaldo referred to his time with the Champions League winners in the past tense, sparking speculation that he could leave Real Madrid
2018–19: Debut season and first Serie A title
On 10 July 2018, Ronaldo signed a four-year contract with Italian club Juventus after completing a €100 million transfer, which included an additional €12 million in other fees,and solidarity contributions to Ronaldo’s youth clubs. The transfer was the highest ever for a player over 30 years old, and the highest ever paid by an Italian club.[Upon signing, Ronaldo cited his need for a new challenge as his rationale for departing Real Madrid, but later attributed the transfer to the lack of support he felt was shown by club president Florentino Pérez
On 16 September, his fourth appearance for Juventus, he scored his first goal, which was immediately followed by a second, in a 2–1 home win over Sassuolo; the latter was the 400th league goal of his career.On 19 September, in his first Champions League match for Juventus, he was sent off in the 29th minute for “violent conduct”—the first time in 154 Champions League appearances.Ronaldo became the first player in history to win 100 Champions League matches, setting up Mario Mandžukić’s winner in a 1–0 home victory over Valencia, which sealed Juventus’s passage to the knock-out stages of the competition. In December, he scored his tenth Serie A goal of the season, from the penalty spot, netting the final goal in a 3–0 away win over rivals Fiorentina; with this goal, Ronaldo became the first Juventus player since John Charles in 1957 to score 10 goals in his first 14 league games for the club. After placing second in both the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and The Best FIFA Men’s Player for the first time in three years, behind Luka Modrić, Ronaldo performances in 2018 also saw him voted runner-up for the 2018 Ballon d’Or, finishing once again behind his former Real Madrid teammate
Ronaldo won his first trophy with the club in January 2019, the 2018 Supercoppa Italiana, after he scored the game-winning and only goal from a header against A.C. Milan. On 10 February, Ronaldo scored in a 3–0 away win over Sassuolo; the ninth consecutive away game in which he had scored for Juventus in the league, which enabled him to equal Giuseppe Signori’s single season Serie A record of most consecutive away games with at least one goal. On 12 March, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 home win against Atlético Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, helping Juventus overcome a two-goal deficit to reach the quarter-finals. The following month, Ronaldo scored his 125th goal in the competition, opening the scoring in a 1–1 away draw in the first leg of Juventus’ quarter-final against Ajax, on 10 April. In the second leg in Turin on 16 April, he scored the opening goal of the match in the first half, but Juventus eventually lost the match 2–1, and were eliminated from the competition. On 20 April, Ronaldo played in the Scudetto clinching game against rivals Fiorentina as Juventus won their eighth successive Serie A title after a 2–1 home win, thereby becoming the first player to win league titles in England, Spain and Italy. On 27 April, he scored his 600th club goal, the equaliser in a 1–1 away draw against rivals Inter.Finishing his first Serie A campaign with 21 goals and 8 assists, Ronaldo won the inaugural Serie A Most Valuable Player award for the best player of the season
2019–20: Second season in Italy
Ronaldo scored his first goal of the 2019–20 season for Juventus in a 4–3 home win over Napoli in Serie A on 31 August 2019. On 23 September, he came in 3rd place for the 2019 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award. On 1 October, he reached several milestones in Juventus’s 3–0 group stage win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League: his goal during the match saw him score for the 14th consecutive Champions League season, equalling Raúl and Messi’s record; he also broke Iker Casillas’ record for most Champions League wins of all time, and equalled Raúl’s record of scoring against 33 different Champions League opponents. On 6 November, in a 2–1 away win against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League group stage, he equalled Paolo Maldini as the second-most capped player in UEFA club competitions with 174 appearances
2001–07: Youth level and early international career
Ronaldo began his international career with Portugal at the 2001 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival, debuting in a 3–1 defeat to Finland.The following year he would represent his country under-17 side at the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, where they failed to progress past the group stage. Ronaldo also featured in the Olympic squad at the 2004 Summer Olympics, scoring one goal in the tournament, though the team was eliminated in the first round, finishing bottom of their group with three points after 4–2 defeats to eventual semi-finalists Iraq and quarter-finalists Costa Rica. During his international youth career, Ronaldo would go on to represent the under-15 team, under-17, under-20, under-21, and under-23 national sides, amassing 34 youth caps and scoring 18 goals overall
At age 18, Ronaldo made his first senior appearance for Portugal in a 1–0 victory over Kazakhstan on 20 August 2003. He was subsequently called up for UEFA Euro 2004, held in his home country, and scored his first international goal in a 2–1 group stage loss to eventual champions Greece. After converting his penalty in a shootout against England in the quarter-finals,he helped Portugal reach the final by scoring the opening goal in a 2–1 win over the Netherlands.He was featured in the team of the tournament, having provided two assists in addition to his two goals
Ronaldo was Portugal’s second-highest scorer in the European qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup with seven goals. During the tournament, he scored his first World Cup goal against Iran with a penalty kick in Portugal’s second match of the group stage. In the quarter-final against England, his Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney was sent off for stamping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho. Although the referee later clarified that the red card was only due to Rooney’s infraction, the English media speculated that Ronaldo had influenced his decision by aggressively complaining, after which he was seen in replays winking at Portugal’s bench following Rooney’s dismissal. Ronaldo went on to score the vital winning penalty during the penalty shoot out which sent Portugal into the semi-finals.Ronaldo was subsequently booed during their 1–0 semi-final defeat to France. FIFA’s Technical Study Group overlooked him for the tournament’s Best Young Player award and handed it to Germany’s Lukas Podolski, citing his behaviour as a factor in the decision. Following the 2006 World Cup, Ronaldo would go on to represent Portugal in four qualifying games for Euro 2008, scoring two goals in the process
2007–12: Assuming the captaincy
One day after his 22nd birthday, Ronaldo captained Portugal for the first time in a friendly game against Brazil on 6 February 2007,] as requested by Portuguese Football Federation president Carlos Silva, who had died two days earlier. Ahead of Euro 2008, he was given the number 7 shirt for the first time.While he scored eight goals in the qualification,the second-highest tally, he scored just one goal in the tournament, netting the second goal of their 3–1 win in the group stage match against the Czech Republic; in the same game, he also set-up Portugal’s third goal in injury time, which was scored by Quaresma, and was named man of the match for his performance.Portugal were eliminated in the quarter-finals with a 3–2 loss against eventual finalists Germany
After Portugal’s unsuccessful performance in the European Championship, Luiz Felipe Scolari was replaced as coach by Carlos Queiroz, formerly the assistant manager at United.Queiroz made Ronaldo the squad’s permanent captain in July 2008. Ronaldo failed to score a single goal in the qualification for the 2010 World Cup, as Portugal narrowly avoided a premature elimination from the tournament with a play-off victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the group stage of the World Cup, he was named man of the match in all three matches against Ivory Coast, North Korea, and Brazil. His only goal of the tournament came in their 7–0 rout of North Korea, which marked his first international goal in 16 months.Portugal’s World Cup ended with a 1–0 loss against eventual champions Spain in the round of 16
Ronaldo scored seven goals in the qualification for Euro 2012, including two strikes against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the play-offs, to send Portugal into the tournament, where they were drawn in a “group of death”. In the last group stage game against the Netherlands, Ronaldo scored twice to secure a 2–1 victory. He scored a header in the quarter-final against the Czech Republic to give his team a 1–0 win. In both games against the Netherlands and the Czech Republic he was named man of the match. After the semi-finals against Spain ended scoreless, with Ronaldo having sent three shots over the bar, Portugal were eliminated in the penalty shootout. Ronaldo did not take a penalty as he had been slated to take the unused fifth slot, a decision that drew criticism. As the joint top scorer with three goals, alongside five other players, he was again included in the team of the tournament
2012–16: All-time Portugal top scorer and European champion
During the qualification for the 2014 World Cup, Ronaldo scored a total of eight goals. A qualifying match on 17 October 2012, a 1–1 draw against Northern Ireland, earned him his 100th cap. His first international hat-trick also came against Northern Ireland, when he found the net three times in a 15-minute spell of a 4–2 qualifying victory on 6 September 2013. After Portugal failed to qualify during the regular campaign, Ronaldo scored all four of the team’s goals in the play-offs against Sweden, which ensured their place at the tournament. His hat-trick in the second leg took his international tally to 47 goals, equaling Pauleta’s record. Ronaldo subsequently scored twice in a 5–1 friendly win over Cameroon on 5 March 2014 to become his country’s all-time top scorer
Ronaldo took part in the tournament despite suffering from patellar tendinitis and a related thigh injury, potentially risking his career. Ronaldo later commented: “If we had two or three Cristiano Ronaldos in the team I would feel more comfortable. But we don’t.” Despite ongoing doubts over his fitness, being forced to abort practice twice,Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes of the opening match against Germany, though he was unable to prevent a 4–0 defeat.After assisting an injury-time 2–2 equaliser against the United States, he scored a late match-winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Ghana. His 50th international goal made him the first Portuguese to play and score in three World Cups.Portugal were eliminated from the tournament at the close of the group stage on goal difference
Ronaldo scored five goals, including a hat-trick against Armenia, in the qualification for Euro 2016. With the only goal in another victory over Armenia on 14 November 2014, he reached 23 goals in the European Championship, including qualifying matches, to become the competition’s all-time leading goalscorer.At the start of the tournament, however, Ronaldo failed to convert his chances in Portugal’s draws against Iceland and Austria, despite taking a total of 20 shots on goal. In the latter match, he overtook Luís Figo as his nation’s most capped player with his 128th international appearance, which ended scoreless after he missed a penalty in the second half. With two goals and an assist in the last match of the group stage, a 3–3 draw against Hungary, Ronaldo became the first player to score in four European Championships, having made a record 17 appearances in the tournament.Though placed third in their group behind Hungary and Iceland, his team qualified for the knockout round as a result of the competition’s newly expanded format
In Portugal’s first knockout match, Ronaldo’s only attempt on goal was parried by Croatia’s goalkeeper into the path of Ricardo Quaresma, whose finish then secured a 1–0 victory late in extra time. After his team progressed past Poland on penalties, Ronaldo became the first player to participate in three European Championship semi-finals;he scored the opening goal and assisted a second in a 2–0 win against Wales, equaling Michel Platini as the competition’s all-time top scorer with nine goals. In the final against hosts France, Ronaldo was forced off after just 25 minutes following a challenge from Dimitri Payet. After multiple treatments and attempts to play on, he was stretchered off the pitch and replaced by Quaresma. During extra time, substitute Eder scored in the 109th minute to earn Portugal a 1–0 victory. As team captain, Ronaldo later lifted the trophy in celebration of his country’s first-ever triumph in a major tournament. He was awarded the Silver Boot as the joint second-highest goalscorer, with three goals and three assists, and was named to the team of the tournament for the third time in his career
2016–18: Post-European Championship victory, and World Cup
Following the Euro 2016 success, Ronaldo scored six goals in the opening rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with four being against Andorra and two against Latvia. These goals brought his international tally to 68 goals, putting level with Gerd Müller and Robbie Keane as the fourth-highest European international goalscorer of all-time. He played his first professional match on his home island of Madeira on 28 March 2017 at age 32, opening a 2–3 friendly defeat to Sweden at the Estádio dos Barreiros. With the goal, he tied with Miroslav Klose on 71 goals as the third-highest scoring European in international football
In Portugal’s opening match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup against Mexico on 17 June, Cristiano Ronaldo set-up Quaresma’s opening goal in a 2–2 draw.Three days later, he scored in a 1–0 win over hosts Russia.On 24 June, he scored from a penalty in a 4–0 win over New Zealand, which saw Portugal top their group and advance to the semi-finals of the competition. With his 75th international goal, Ronaldo also equalled Sándor Kocsis as the second-highest European international goalscorer of all-time, behind only Ferenc Puskás. He was named man of the match in all three of Portugal’s group stage matches. Ronaldo left the competition early: after Chile defeated Portugal 3–0 on penalties in the semi-finals, he was allowed to return home to be with his newborn children.Therefore, he missed Portugal’s third-place play-off match in which Portugal defeated Mexico 2–1 after extra time
On 31 August 2017, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a 5–1 win in a World Cup qualifier over the Faroe Islands, which saw him overtake Pelé and equal Hussein Saeed as the joint-fifth-highest goalscorer in international football with 78 goals. These goals brought his tally in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers to 14, equalling Predrag Mijatović’s record for most goals in a single UEFA senior men’s qualifying campaign, and also saw him break the record for the most goals scored in a single European qualifying group, overtaking the previous record of 13 goals set by David Healy and Robert Lewandowski. Ronaldo’s hat-trick took his World Cup qualifying goals total to 29, making him the highest scorer in European World Cup qualifiers, ahead of Andriy Shevchenko, and the highest goalscorer in World Cup qualifying and finals matches combined, with 32 goals, ahead of Miroslav Klose.Ronaldo later added to this tally by scoring a goal against Andorra in a 2–0 victory
In the build-up to the 2018 World Cup, Portugal hosted friendlies against Tunisia, Belgium and Algeria. Ronaldo featured in the final of the three matches in which he made his 150th international appearance. On 15 June 2018, Ronaldo became the oldest player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match, helping Portugal secure a 3–3 draw against Spain in their opening match at the World Cup. In doing so, he also became the first Portuguese player to score a goal in four World Cups and one of four players to do so in total. His third goal saw him curl in a 30-yard free kick with two minutes remaining for the equaliser. His hat-trick also drew him level with Ferenc Puskás as the highest European goalscorer of all-time, with 84 international goals. In Portugal’s second game on 20 June, Ronaldo scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory against Morocco, breaking Puskás’ record. In the final group match against Iran on 25 June, Ronaldo missed a penalty in an eventual 1–1 draw which saw Portugal progress to the second round as group runners-up behind Spain.On 30 June, Portugal were eliminated following a 2–1 defeat to Uruguay in the last 16. For his performances throughout the tournament, Ronaldo was later named to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Dream Team
2018–present: Brief hiatus, and Nations League title
After the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo missed six international matches, including the entire league phase of the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League. Ronaldo played for hosts Portugal in the inaugural Nations League Finals in June 2019. In the semi-finals on 5 June, he scored a hat-trick against Switzerland to secure a spot in the final. Upon netting the match’s opening goal, he became the first player to score in 10 consecutive international competitions, breaking the record of nine he previously shared with Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan. In the final of the tournament four days later, Portugal defeated Netherlands 1–0
On 10 September, Ronaldo scored four goals in a 5–1 away win over Lithuania in a Euro 2020 qualifying match; in the process, he overtook Robbie Keane (23 goals) as the
player with most goals in the UEFA European Championship qualifiers, setting a new record with 25 goals. On that occasion, Ronaldo also set a new record as the player who scored against the most national teams, 40, while also completing his eighth international hat-trick. On 14 October, he scored his 700th senior career goal for club and country from the penalty spot, in his 974th senior career appearance, a 2–1 away loss to Ukraine in a Euro 2020 qualifier