Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro better known as Cristiano Ronaldo, this star footballer was born on February 5, 1985 to Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Dinis Aveiro. Even though, in India, we idolize cricket and don’t know much about Football, we all know him.
Cristiano is considered to be one of the greatest player of all time and his achieved a lot in last 12 years. He is the only player to win the League title, Domestic Cup, Domestic Supercup, Champions League, Club World Cup, League Player of the Year, Golden Shoe and Ballon d’Or at two different clubs (Manchester United and Real Madrid). In 2007, Cristiano’s autobiography moments was released and in late 2015, Ronaldo, a documentary film by Anthony Wonke, was released.
These 11 interesting facts about this star player will make you adore him more.
#11 Named after the former American President
Cristiano’s father was a big fan of Ronald Reagan’, former U.S. president and actor, acting. That is how he got the name Ronaldo. His father passed away when Ronaldo was 20 years old due to alcoholism.
#10 Expelled from school at 14
He was a very popular kid but was expelled from school when he was just 14. Apparently, he threw a chair at his teacher because he thought the teacher disrespected him. After the expulsion, his mother decided he should concentrate on football full-time.
#9 Gym Buff
As a kid, Ronaldo used to dribble the ball using weights on either of his legs. Today, he lifts about 23,055 kgs of total weight which is equivalent to lifting 16 Toyota Prius.
#8 Body fat less than supermodel
Even supermodels have someone to envy. Because of his extensive workout, Ronaldo’s body fat (10%) is less than supermodels’ body fat (13.4%).
#7 Diagnosed with racing heart condition
At the age of 15, Ronaldo was diagnosed with racing heart and had to undergo a surgery to continue to play. The operation used a laser to cauterize the area of his heart that caused the problem.
#6 Fast and Furious
He defeated professional Spanish sprinter Angel David Rodriguez in zigzag sprint challenge. His jump generates five times more power than a Cheetah’s jump and his jump is higher than an average NBA player’s jump.
#5 Lucrative Club Deals
In 2003, Manchester United signed a deal with Ronaldo and paid him £12 million. No other player at his age received such a large amount. His deal with Real Madrid made him one of the highest paid football player.
#4 He has No Tattoo
Unlike other athletes, Ronaldo sports no tatttoos and has no plans of getting one. The reason being very simple. He is a blood and blood marrow donor.
#3 Fashion Boutique CR7
In 2006, Ronaldo opened a fashion boutique in his home town and opened another one in Lisbon in 2008. The boutique caters to both men and women but it is really for someone who wants to dress like Ronaldo.
#2 Behind the success of a man is not always a woman
Now this is what I call true friendship. Ronaldo and his friend, Albert Fantrau, played for youth club. The Sporting Lisbon came to pick best players and stated one with more goals will be selected. They both had scored same number of goals. The final goal which would have decided the outcome of the come could have been scored by Fantrau. However, Fantrau passed the opportunity to Ronaldo. This missed opportunity also ended Fantrau’s career as a footballer.
#1 Ronaldo Everywhere
In 2013, Ronaldo opened a museum in his hometown. The museum displays all the trophies that he has won till-date and may win in the future. He is the fourth footballer to represent at Madame Tussauds Was Museum. There is also a university in Canada that offers a social course about the player.
We wish you a very happy 31st birthday Cristiano!