Probably one of most loved footballer ever, if not the most, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved a colossal fan following over the world that very few greats of the game have managed. With more than 182 million followers on Instagram, he is the most followed celebrity on the photo-sharing app. Not only that Ronaldo takes home a huge pay-check from his games and brand endorsements. Forbes listed him as the world’s second-highest-paid athlete in 2019 just falling short of Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo Bio:
Born on 5 February 1985 on Madeira Island in Portugal to parents Maria Dolores and José Dinis Aveiro. He grew up in a poor Catholic family and has an older brother and two elder sisters. His father was a kit man for Andorinha where he played for amateur team football from 1992 to 1995. He moved to Nacional in for 2 years. He was only 12 years old when Sporting CP signed him for £1,500. At the age of 15, he had to undergo an operation as he was diagnosed with a racing heart.
Cristiano Ronaldo Career:
On 7 October 2002, Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut in the Primeira Liga against Moreirense. He scored two goals and helped his team win 3–0. Impressed with Ronaldo’s talent Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was the reason he was signed for a whopping transfer fee of £12.24 million before the 2003-04 season. He became the most expensive teenage footballer in English football history and also the first-ever Portuguese player to be signed for Manchester United. Ronaldo credits Ferguson as his father in sport, one of the most important and influential factors in his career.
Cristiano Ronaldo has requested No.28 jersey but he was given No.7 which had been previously worn by George Best, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham, and this became a huge source of inspiration for him. He scored his first goal for Man United with a free-kick on 1 November 2003 against Portsmouth. He played as a midfielder for 3 years before becoming the star footballer. He scored over 100 goals for Man United until he was signed by Real Madrid in 2009 for £80 million, a world record transfer fee at the time. Ronaldo played over 438 matches for Real Madrid and scored 451 goals.
In his staggering career, Ronaldo has won a record-equalling five Ballon d’Or awards and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. The prolific goalscorer has won 29 trophies – 6 league titles, 5 UEFA Champions Leagues, 1 UEFA European Championship, and 1 UEFA Nations League. Ronaldo has scored 126 goals in the UEFA Champions League, the most by any player and 9 goals in the UEFA European Champions League. In all, the man has scored 713 goals in the career.
Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth, Salary and Endorsements:
Cristiano Ronaldo net worth is estimated to be around 450 million dollars. In July 2018, the 33-year-old signed a four-year contract with Italian club Juventus of a mind-boggling 138 million dollars. According to Forbes, he is the world’s second-highest-paid athlete in 2019 with 109 million dollars.
Ronaldo’s 40 percent net worth is boosted by his endorsements. Ronaldo has 31 sponsorship deals, one of his first being Nike. The sporting wear brand has struck a 1 billion dollar lifetime deal with Ronaldo joining the other legends Michael Jordan and LeBron James to strike such a deal.
The handsome hunk also endorses Herbalife Nutrition, DAZN, Clear, American Tourister, Abbott, Castrol, TAG Heuer, and Meraas to name a few. The sportstar is also a businessman. CR7 Cristiano Ronaldo Luxury Underwear, Cristiano Ronaldo Legacy, CR7 Cristiano Ronaldo Footwear, 7EGEND, and CR7 Fitness are all his ventures. He has also invested in MTG’s venture – Training Gear Sixpad, Altice, Pestana CR7 Lifestyle Hotels, and a hair transplant clinic called Insparya.
Cristiano Ronaldo Assets:
Cristiano Ronaldo lives a luxurious life and it is evident from his houses. The footballer owns an 18.5 million dollar apartment in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York which is a 2,509 square feet one, giving the amazing view of the Central Park.
The man owns an 8 bedroom mansion in Italy’s Turin which boasts of a private garden, an indoor pool, and a gym. This huge villa can only be accessed through a private road.
Cristiano Ronaldo spends his net worth on his collection of expensive cars. His wheels include 4.7 million dollars Bugatti Chiron, Bugatti Veyron of €1.8 million, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 340,000 dollars, an Aston Martin DB9 200,000 dollars, a Rolls Royce Phantom worth 400,000 dollars.
Ronaldo has the three famous Ferraris – the F430, the 599 GTB Fiorano, and the 599 GTO worth 300,000 dollars, 310,000 dollars, and 385,000 dollars respectively. He also owns a BMW M6, Bentley Continental GTC, and three Audis (Audi Q7, R8, and RS6). Ronaldo flies like a bird in his £32 million Gulfstream G650 private jet.
Cristiano Ronaldo Family:
Cristiano Ronaldo is in a relationship with Georgina Rodriguez, a Spanish model, and they both have a daughter Alana Martina. In all Ronaldo has four children. The first Cristiano Jr. was born on 17 June 2010 but his mother was never revealed. In 2017, he had a daughter Eva and a son Mateo via surrogacy on 8 June 2017. From 2010 to 2015, he was dating a Russian model Irina Shayk.
Cristiano Ronaldo Philanthropy:
In 2015, he was named the world’s most charitable sportsperson after he donated £5 million to the relief effort after an earthquake struck in Nepal. In June 2016, he donated the entire Champions League bonus of his €600,000. Over the years he has been aiding patients with Cancer, also donating a huge sum to build a cancer hospital in Madeira.
Cristiano Ronaldo Quotes:
“I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve.”
“Your love makes me strong. Your hate makes me unstoppable.”
“There must be a greater purpose to what you’re chasing. Don’t just chase money or fame. When your goals arouse terrifying longing, you’ll conquer all obstacles that come your way.”
“We should make the most of life, enjoy it because that’s the way it is.”
“Never listen to the haters around you. Instead, take their hate as motivation and prove them wrong. The same fire which burns one can become the fuel for another.”
Cristiano Ronaldo Social Media:
Ronaldo has 182 million Instagram followers, the highest on the app.
Ronaldo has another 79.8 million followers on Twitter.
I love this feeling ⚽️🙏 #93… pic.twitter.com/8OwF4QKIH7
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) September 11, 2019