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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

2009 02 23 Retrieve

[The FIFA World Player of the Year has sent out the battle cries ahead of his club’s showdown with Italian opposition Inter] From now on, all games are important. It’s time to kill or be killed. Whoever loses will exit the competition and we don’t want to lose, we don’t want to get stuck along the way. It will be a difficult game, but I think that Manchester United have a better team, and we’ll do our best to win it

They’re a good side and first in Serie A so we need to be very careful. They’re a team with very experienced players, but we also have our aces and great players. We have a more experienced team, we’re the reigning champions. It will be a good game, a well-contested game, and the better team will win

I always had a great ambition to win the Champions League, because it isn’t obtainable for every player. It was my first Champions League win, so the emotion was spectacular. I remember Edwin van der Sar saving Nicolas Anelka’s penalty and for me it was like the earth stood still, it was a really brilliant sensation. Sometimes we can’t control our emotions

The Champions League is unique. When you hear the music and you come out on to the pitch, you feel you’re part of a game that is completely different to all the others. It is already the most evenly-balanced competition in football in my opinion and it is spectacular to play in

It’s every player’s ambition to be a part of the Champions League, and they would all like to win it. I’ve had that privilege, and I hope to repeat that very soon

2012 05 26 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo on his season] Individually, my season has been a perfect 10. Collectively, it’s been a nine as we could have won more titles, like the Champions League. My goal is to do even better next year. I know that it will be very difficult to score more than 46 goals in La Liga, but anything can happen in football. I really believe that I can still improve. I know that it’s hard because of all the records I beat, but you never know

2013 08 17 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo when questioned about Jose Mourinho] I will not mention the name of that person. He’s not worth it.

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

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Ronaldo’s impressively cutting reaction on Facebook] This video shows clearly the respect and consideration that FIFA has for me, for my club and my country. Much is explained now. I wish Mr. Blatter health and a long life, with the certainty that he will continue to witness, as he deserves, the successes of his favorite teams and players

2014 11 08 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo on Di Stefano] I see in myself what people saw in Di Stefano. I want to be the best of all time and I will try and make that happen. I’ll get there

2015 01 17 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo explains his unusual celebration at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala] The scream? The players know I always do that when I score a goal or when we win

2015 01 24 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo on self-improvement] I’m currently trying to improve my left foot, my acceleration and my direct free-kicks. I’ve not had a great deal of success recently with them

2015 11 14 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo on consistently being pursued by women] To speak seriously, it is not easy. I know 50 per cent [of the women] approach just for [celebrity] interest … It’s normal, not just me. All the famous people have these kind of problems. But I think I am a confident guy. I’m tall, have all my teeth, have a nice body

2015 12 12 Retrieve

[Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring four goals against Malmö in the UEFA Champions League] On a personal level, I am happy for another record. I don’t seek out records, records seek me out

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 02 17 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi congratulates Luis Suarez after the penalty. It has been suggested that Messi orchestrated the unorthodox penalty to pay tribute to Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff, who is currently battling cancer. The Dutchman was famously the first player to pioneer the unique penalty in his Ajax teammate Jesper Olsen in 1982. Cristiano Ronaldo on that Lionel Messi penalty] I know why he did it and I am not going to say anything more than that. You can think whatever you like

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 05 04 Retrieve

[Madrid given another derby day as Real match Atlético in Champions League] Real Madrid’s fans love the Champions League. It was beautiful to suffer

2016 05 26 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid revel in affinity before European Cup final] Although he is still in a process of adaptation, things have flowed very quickly and I would like him to continue

2016 05 28 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo reveals even he’s not safe from some teasing from his son, a fact that will no doubt reassure many fathers around the world] Sometimes [my son] comes at home and says ‘daddy Bale is faster than you’. And I say ‘what are you on about? No one is faster than your dad’. And he says ‘yes but at school they told me he is faster and in an interview Messi said that he’d like to have your right foot.’ He comes up with these things and it gives me joy, he’s a kid.

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 07 09 Retrieve

[Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo offered his support to Lionel Messi after the five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner recently announced his retirement from international football] Messi has taken a tough decision and people should understand. He is not accustomed to defeats and disappointments, not even finishing second. Missing a penalty does not make you a bad player. It hurts to see Messi in tears and I hope he returns to his country, because he needs it

2016 10 13 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo on Pele] Pele is the greatest player in football history, and there will only be one Pele in the world

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 03 Retrieve

[Unique Cristiano Ronaldo benefits from Zinedine Zidane’s guidance] The team were tremendous. It was me who ended up scoring but the whole team played well from start to finish. Goals arrive naturally – it’s normal. I am happy to have scored my 400th goal for Real Madrid

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 06 04 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane hailed an historic day for Real Madrid as the Spanish champions became the first club to retain the Champions League with an emphatic 4-1 victory] What is important is that I did again, an amazing season, me and my team-mates won the double. I think the people don’t have words to criticise because the numbers don’t lie. I’m very happy, it’s one of the best moments in my career – I seem to say that every year. My head is just a number. I feel like a young boy

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.’

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo reveals what kind of manager he would be] Right now, I’m not interested in becoming a coach, but maybe one day I will be bored and I will feel like it. Never say never. If I became a coach, I would be a motivator, the coach must pass on his passion and talent to the team. For example, I like to have fun, dribble, shoot, score goals, I should pass this on to the team, as a motivator

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo speak on his 35th birthday] At 35? I thought I was going to be a fisherman in Madeira. This never came into my mind. I wanted to be a professional football but I didn’t think I was going to win everything I’ve won

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘left door open’ for Real Madrid return] I know he loves Madrid, that’s for sure. It’s clear that he loves the club itself, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest. He’s left many, many friends there and he’s always left the door open. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes back to Real Madrid

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Ronaldo to David Beckham: You’re one of the best of all time] You were one the best of all time. The way you touched the ball, the way you could put the ball wherever you wanted, without looking at me, I would just be moving and the ball came. I should thank you for the many balls you gave to me. To move from Manchester United to Real Madrid was a big move for me because I’d been there my whole life. But one of the first people that I ever saw was you. When you walked into the changing room it made me feel comfortable to be in the club

2020 05 04 Retrieve

[Ronaldo left Madrid having scored 451 goals, a record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon] Breaking this record at the best club in the world is a real honour for me. I have great admiration for Raul. He sent me a message after the match congratulating me.

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Ronaldo on Energy Levels] If you train regularly it’s important to keep energy levels high to fuel your body for better performance. I sometimes eat up to six smaller meals a day to make sure I have enough energy to perform each session at top level

[As well as tending to his hair, Ronaldo has used the time to study] When I quit football I would like to resume my studies. I focus a lot on studying, on learning, because unfortunately the studies I have done can’t give answer all the questions I have in mind.

2020 05 12 Retrieve

[Who is Georgina Rodriguez? Everything you need to know about Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend] His height, his body, his beauty caught my attention. I was trembling in front of him, but a spark ignited. I am very shy and perhaps this stirred me more in front of a person who, with one glance, had touched me deeply. Then after, the way Cristiano treats me, cares for me and loves me did the rest

2020 06 22 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has gone four games without a goal in all competitions and is unhappy with being asked to occasionally play through the middle. On Instagram, meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister decided to get involved] My darling [brother] can’t work miracles and do it all by himself… I don’t understand how they can play like this…

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[Ronaldo’s sister took to Instagram after the match to stick up for her brother, stating that he can’t always be expected to win matches on his own] What else can you do? It is what it is and my darling can’t work miracles alone. I can’t understand how they played like that. Anyway, keep your head up. You can’t do more, my king