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Name Cristiano Ronaldo
Spelling Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aviera
Gender Male
Ethnic Portuguese
Job Portuguese Footballer
Desc Ronaldo arrived to Manchester United from Sporting for £12.24 million in 2003. By the time he left, he was a Champions League winner, had a clutch of Premier League medals and a collection of personal awards. Little wonder, that in 2009, he became the world’s most expensive player. Yet, Real Madrid were quite happy to pay the £80M-they already have it all back in shirt sales and various sponsorship and corporate deals


Org Portugal National Team
Club as Player Juventus
  Real Madrid
  Manchester United
  Sporting Lison
2013 09 04
Cristiano Ronaldo warms up during a training session at the training center in Obidos, Portugal. Portugal will face Northern Ireland in a FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying soccer match in Belfast on 06 September 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo wax figure under preparation at the Museum de Cera

2013 09 04 Retrieve

The sale of Mesut Ozil is bad news for me. He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal. I’m angry about Ozil leaving

2015 12 28 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] When my dad was sick in London and was in hospital – very bad, in a coma – I had a conversation with [Ferguson]. I said, ‘Boss, I don’t feel good.’ We were in a key moment in the league and the Champions League, but I said, ‘Boss, I don’t feel good. I want to see my dad.’ [He said] ‘Cristiano, you want to go one day, two days, one week, you can go. I’m going to miss you here because you know you are important, but your dad [comes] first.’ When he told me that, I thought, ‘This guy’s unbelievable.’ [. . .] It was a family with him. He was a football father for me

2015 12 29 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] I remember sometimes when we do something bad or we lost some games he kicked the chairs and he kicked the boots, he kicked everything, the waters, the drinks. And he’s so red and, ‘F*** you, you should pass the ball, you … ‘ it was unbelievable but it was good – because we learn

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] I learnt a lot from Sir Alex [. . .]. One of the terms that I still remember today is ‘decision-making’.’You are great, but you don’t have decision-making. Pass the fing ball.’ He always told me that. ‘Cristiano: pass the fing ball.’ I still have contact with him. He is a great guy, great coach, great human being

2016 03 05 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo describes his ideal goal] I’ve scored a lot of beautiful goals. What I dream of doing is being able to score after beating all 11 opponents. It’s a PlayStation goal, I think it’s almost impossible to do, but we’ll see

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] Francesco Totti is impressive. He is an example for all and someone we all look up to. He demonstrates that age is not important in football: if you feel good, you enjoy it. If you play at the level he does it’s good for him, for football and also for the children, because we give them the idea that football has no limits

2016 04 16 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo on his hat-trick performance against Wolfsburg to put Real Madrid into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals] It was a perfect and magical night for me. Goals are in my DNA

2016 06 09 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo talks about Ballon d’Or] It’s very soon to be thinking about the Ballon d’Or. I wanted to win something important with my club, like the Champions League. And now I want to do well in the Euros. I feel good about the national team

2016 10 29 Retrieve

[Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo tells former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole was the toughest opponent he has ever faced] Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole, he does not give you a second to breathe. He was such a tenacious player when he was at his peak, quick, tough in the tackle. You knew it would never be an easy game

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo talks about his hopes for the future] You never know. I want to stay here and finish here. It is not my last contract, I want to keep going until I’m 41, but now the most important thing is this special moment that makes me happy and my family too

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Real Madrid star and The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 nominee Cristiano Ronaldo on fellow The Best candidate Lionel Messi] It would be interesting to see both of us in the same team. I think great players should play together. So if we were in the same team, I think I would have more than him, but he wouldn’t be far off. Everyone knows Messi is a great player

2016 12 24 Retrieve

[A relieved Cristiano Ronaldo was full of praise for Kashima Antlers after leading Real Madrid to victory over the Japanese champions in the FIFA Club World Cup final] It was an extremely tough match. We were up against very difficult opponents who were able to get back into the game. They’re a very good side and they were in great physical shape. Personally, I’m very happy because I got three goals

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo tells ON TV in Egypt about his hopes for his son] There are people who sometimes say to him that ‘there is another player who is better than your father,’ but he knows how to deal with that. He is a smart boy, like me. I often tell him ‘be yourself and be polite’. I know that he will go through periods of adversity, as there are jealous people out there, but I see him as a happy child. Of course, I would like it if he became a footballer. I know that it is a challenge and that it isn’t easy, but he can be whatever he wants to be, as I won’t pressure him. I might be pushing him a little in the direction of becoming a footballer but not to be a goalkeeper, as I want him to be a forward

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo dismisses the idea of being a coach after his playing career] Very difficult … never say never. I don’t know what will happen in the future but in this moment I don’t see myself becoming a coach

2017 04 01 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speaks at the official celebration of the newly named Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo in Madeira] Seeing my name being given to this airport is something very special, everyone knows that I am proud of my country and my especially my home city. I never asked for this, but I’m not a hypocrite, and I’m happy and honored. I will try to dignify Portugal and especially Madeira with a spirit of sacrifice, dignity and passion

2017 04 15 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speaks after becoming the first player ever to score 100 goals in all European club competitions] It’s an honour to reach this number. And to do it against a team as great as Bayern makes it feel even better

2017 05 06 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo played down suggestions that his performances as a footballer are out of this world] The truth is I feel really good. I’ve prepared myself to be fit for this final stage of the league and the [UEFA] Champions League as well. Obviously, there’s a bit of luck as well. I’ve prepared myself and things have turned out well, not just for me, but for the team, too. That’s why I say that, with dedication and hard work, as always, things come naturally. I’m very lucky, and I am from this planet! It’s a really big amount of goals, something I didn’t expect but it’s a reflection of the whole team, of my work as well as that of all the people who work at the club, the fans that always support us and give us this extra motivation

2017 06 03 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo hopes James Rodriguez will not move away from Real Madrid] James Rodriguez has his reasons [to leave] and we have to respect them. If he doesn’t feel happy and if he wants more, then he should look for the best thing for him. If he asked my opinion, I would tell him to stay. Obviously, he has his complaints and the best thing would be that he plays more, but these are very personal things. He has the potential to play for Real Madrid, but he has his reasons and we must respect them

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speaks about the importance of having healthy competition] To mention one [player] is hard, but the level that I am is like in other sports: Formula One, NBA … The best players always follow the best players. They want to be in the top of the game because the other ones are there. You cannot rest because the other ones will pass you. Of course, we fight with everyone, with Neymar, with Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Gonzalo Higuain, with the best players in the world. This is not ‘fighting’, but it’s healthy. We fight to be the best. It’s my motivation: to be better than them, year after year

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo is asked by reporters to name his possible successors after winning the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year 2016/17 Award] That is a very good question. I see some with great potential: Marco Asensio, Kylian Mbappé, Neymar, Ousmane Dembele, Eden Hazard, Marcus Rashford … and some others. In the next generation there are at least ten players with very, very great potential

2017 10 28 Retrieve

[Winner of The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 award, Cristiano Ronaldo tells us how many major individual awards he would like to end his career with] Seven, I hope! That’s my lucky number (laughs). But that’s all in the future, and for now I’m just going to enjoy this incredible moment as much as possible

2017 11 04 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speaks after his Real Madrid were defeated by Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley] My stats don’t matter. I am super calm. Nowadays it doesn’t count for you journalists if you produce a big performance. You just look at goals, goals, goals. The stats are over there. I won’t speak about that, because if you type into Google ‘Cristiano goals’ there’s everything there, so it doesn’t affect me at all

2017 12 30 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speaks with Alessandro Del Piero, after winning Player of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards, about why he chose to play for Manchester United earlier in his career] I remember that he [Jorge Mendes] talked also about Juventus, and I was happy because they are an extraordinary club. He also talked about Real Madrid, Manchester United, and many others. But the club that offered me the best conditions were United

2018 02 17 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo looks ahead to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia] We know that Portugal are not favourites in the World Cup. For me, the favourites are Spain, Germany, France, Argentina and Brazil. We are part of a group of teams that know they can compete at the highest level

2018 04 07 Retrieve

[Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after being applauded by Juventus’s supporters in Turin after scoring with a bicycle kick in his side’s 3-0 win in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, first leg] It was one of the most poignant moments of the night. To receive applause from a stadium like this, which has been graced by great players, is a unique experience. When I was a kid, I liked Juventus and the fact that their fans have clapped me will stay with me

2018 04 14 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo sang Buffon’s praises after Real Madrid and Juventus’ two-legged quarter-final] I have a lot of respect for Buffon, the words he has said about me, and what I’ve said about him. He is a great goalkeeper and I hope this is not his last Champions League appearance, he is one of the best goalkeepers ever

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s 33-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo speaks ahead of the UEFA Champions League final] Right now I have a biological age of 23. I’ve still got a long time left, I can keep playing until I’m 41. I’m feeling good, happy, I can’t complain

2018 07 11 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo on Juventus] When I was a kid, I liked Juventus. The fact that their fans have applauded me will stay with me

2018 07 21 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speaks in his first press conference as a Juventus player after agreeing a four-year deal with the Serie A champions] I want to leave my mark on the history of Juventus. This is one of the best teams in the world and I’ve had my mind set on coming here for a little while

2018 08 25 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speaks about his seven-year-old son Cristiano Jr] He’s very competitive. He’s like me as a child. He does not like to lose. He will become like me, I’m 100 per cent sure. I like to teach him some things, but in the end he will choose what to do and will always have my support. But of course, I would like him to become a footballer because I think he too has that passion. He’s powerful, fast, has good technique, a good shot. I will not put pressure on him, but of course it would be a dream for me to see him one day become a footballer

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo when asked if he misses Lionel Messi] No, maybe he misses me! I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. I would like him to come to Italy one day. Like me, accept the challenge. However, if he is happy there, I respect him. He is a fantastic player, a good guy but I do not miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speaks with after scoring his eighth UEFA Champions League hat-trick to help Juve overcome Atletico Madrid 3-2] This is why Juventus brought me in, to help on magic nights like this

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo explains the origins of his now-iconic ‘Siiii’ goal celebration] It was when we were playing Chelsea in the USA and I really don’t know how it came about. I scored and it just came out. It was completely natural to be honest. Afterwards, I realised I enjoyed it and started to do it more often. I saw that the fans liked it and that they’d remember it so I carried on doing it

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speaks about Zinedine Zidane] The confidence that a player needs doesn’t only come from himself but also from the players around him and the coach. You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special. He helped me a lot. I already had a lot of respect for him but working with him made me admire him more. That’s because of what he’s like as a person, how he talks, how he led the team and how he treated me. He’d tell me, ‘Cris, relax and just play your game - you are the one who is going to make the difference’. He was always honest with me and that’s why I’ll always have a real affection for him

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo talks about showing his son where he grew up] I went with Paixao and Cristianinho and we entered the room where I had stayed. My son turned to me and said: ‘Papa. Did you live here?’ He could not believe it. They think everything is easy in this world. The quality of life, the houses, the cars, the clothes … They think that it all just falls into their lap. That is what I try to instill in my son, including when I do events in schools. I try to convey that these things don’t come with having talent alone. But with hard work and dedication I think you can achieve everything you want to do

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Cristiano infuriated but inspired by critics] I know that some stand with their rifles waiting for me to miss a penalty or to fail in a decisive game

[Ronaldo is now 34 and has admitted that he is no longer preoccupied with beating his man with pace or skill] Those times when I would be playing and think, ‘Now I will do a dribble’ – I don’t have them anymore,

[The pursuit of perfection essentially defines and consumes Ronaldo] I see football as a mission: to take to the field, win and improve.

[After scoring his 99th international goal last Sunday week – moving him to within 10 of all-time leading scorer Ali Daei – Ronaldo declared] All records must be broken and I will break that record. I get tired because it seems that every year I must prove myself to be very strong. It is difficult. There comes a moment when you say: ‘Listen, leave me alone.’