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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

Affiliation

Org Portugal National Team
Club as Player Juventus
  Real Madrid
  Manchester United
  Sporting Lison

Relationship

Agent Jorge Mendes

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 07 22 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation: Case dropped as Las Vegas officials ‘decline to prosecute’] The Clark County District Attorney’s Office announced today that it will decline to prosecute a 10-year-old sexual assault allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo. On June 13, 2009, a female victim (‘V’) placed a call to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and reported that she had been the victim of sexual assault. Members of law enforcement responded to her location to take a crime report. Police transported V to the hospital so that a sexual assault examination could be conducted. A short time later, sexual assault detectives arrived at the hospital and made contact with V. Although she knew who the person was who assaulted her, V refused to identify him or disclose where the crime occurred. As a result, the police were unable to follow investigative protocols for sexual assault cases or to conduct any meaningful investigation. Without knowing the identity of the perpetrator or the location of the crime, detectives were unable to search for and impound vital forensic evidence

In addition, video evidence, showing interactions between the victim and perpetrator before and after the alleged crime, was lost. The criminal investigation was closed. V and Cristiano Ronaldo, through their respective attorneys, eventually reached a civil settlement related to this matter in 2010. For the next eight years, law enforcement heard nothing more from V regarding the crime on the perpetrator. On August 28, 2018, V contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, asking that her sexual assault investigation be reopened, naming Cristiano Ronaldo as the offender. In spite of the passage of over nine years, Metro investigated her allegations. A Request for Prosecution was submitted to the District Attorney’s Office on July 8, 2019. Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming

: 2019 07 29 Ronaldo receives the prestigious Marca Leyenda award ‘for his successful career as a professional footballer and for the standing he has attained across the world’

2019 07 29b Retrieve

[Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said he hopes to return to Madrid soon as he received the Marca Leyenda award] I felt sorry when I left Real Madrid. I miss both [Manchester and Madrid] but because of life’s circumstances I have lived more years in Madrid, my children and my girl were born here, so I miss Madrid more. This trophy will be in a very nice place in my museum. Madrid is special, I travel a lot but there are few cities like Madrid. Much of this award is derived from what I did in Madrid. It is a Spanish trophy and leaves me very honoured. Thanks to all those who have helped me to achieve it. It is a pride for me. And I hope to return to Madrid soon

[Ronaldo also opened up on his ambitions as a child] I never thought about [reaching this level]. My dream was always [just] to be a professional player. All titles are important but possibly [the 2016 European Championship] because it is special. It is not the same, when you win something for your country and you know that it is more difficult, it is the most important thing in my career. I don’t know [if I will win the Champions League this year with Juventus]. We will try, as always. Hopefully Juventus wins

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo is confident Serie A giants Juventus will win the Champions League] After winning what I won at Madrid I needed a change and new motivation. I still have the strength to keep winning. Juventus will win the Champions League. I don’t know if it’ll be this year or the next, but it’s coming

2019 07 30b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo expects friend and Barcelona target Neymar to stay at Paris Saint-Germain] I don’t know. He’s a great player and I get along with him very well. There is a lot of talk about him, for Madrid, Barca, Juve. It is the job of the press, because you have to sell papers, but I think he will stay in Paris and, if not, look for where he is happy and where he can express his football. I hope he will avoid injuries, because he has had a lot of them and that must worry him. I worry because I like to see the boy playing. Regardless of where he plays, [it is important he] takes care of himself and has no injuries. That’s what I want for him

[Ronaldo, though, insists that he will not neglect his defensive duties as the Bianconeri chase silverware at home and in the Champions League] I will do the same thing I did in Madrid or in my first year at Juve or for Portugal: I will defend and close spaces. I’ll be an attacker with freedom but I have to work defensively because only with everyone involved can a team win important things

: 2019 07 30c ‘How much has Barcelona spent in the last five years?’. Those were the words of Cristiano Ronaldo as he collected his umpteenth award on Monday, reminding fans of Real Madrid’s unprecedented dominance in the Champions League in recent seasons where Barcelona spent almost €1bn in five years without winning the Champions League.

: 2019 07 31 Cristiano Ronaldo’s failure to get on the field during a recent Juventus friendly has caused football supporters in South Korea to take legal action against the match organisers. The superstar forward stayed on the bench for the whole 90 minutes during Juve’s 3-3 draw with the K-League All Stars team at Seoul World Cup Stadium last week

: 2019 07 31 Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are among the 10 players nominated for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player award. The shortlist, which takes into accounts achievements from July 16, 2018 to July 19, 2019, was compiled by a panel of experts and also comprises of former Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, Liverpool double act Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and PSG ace Kylian Mbappe

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo sat out Juventus’ exhibition match against Team K League in Seoul on Friday due to fatigue] We gave room to some of the younger figures who were ready to step up. Ronaldo was very tired, so we decided to rest him. Ronaldo was expected to play, but he was not 100 per cent fit due to muscle fatigue. I spoke with Andrea and Ronaldo before the match and we concluded that it would be best for him to rest

Now we have 10 days without games, so we can focus on preparing well in training

2019 08 01 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo no-show leaves K League fuming at Juventus ‘shamelessness, untruth and deception’] K League cannot help but feel disappointed and cheated by Juventus for its shamelessness. Juventus said in its reply that Ronaldo’s absence was due to muscle fatigue from previous matches that had forced him to take a rest. If Ronaldo was unable to play, it would be a blatant deception to include Ronaldo as a substitute on the start list. Also, according to a phone recording between the promoter and an official from Juventus released in the media, everyone from Juventus including Ronaldo himself and the manager Sarri knew it clearly that Ronaldo was supposed to play.

Yet, Juventus has so far avoided responsibility for Ronaldo’s no-show without any explanations. Other assertions from Juventus are also filled with untruth and deception. K League clearly register our profound indignation and disappointment to Juventus’s irresponsible behaviour and manners, and we strongly urge Juventus to offer a sincere apology and explain the reason for Ronaldo’s no-show.

2019 08 06 Retrieve

[Ronaldo explains origin of iconic ‘Siiii’ celebration which has become his calling card at Real Madrid & Juventus] 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

[Many of those plying their trade at present would welcome the opportunity to play alongside him, but who does the 34-year-old superstar idolise?] In my mind I have a lot of players I wanted to play with. But I will choose one from my country, passed away a few years ago: Eusebio. He is one of the symbols of Portugal, he was an amazing person, he died a few years ago but I wish I could have played with him in the national team.

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo reveals all about THAT Man Utd game in 2003, Sir Alex’s dressing-room invite & how 50 teams wanted him] It was the first game in the new Sporting stadium. I remember it perfectly, as if it were today. I was happy. I was going to play against one of the best teams in the world and the game was spectacular. I mentioned to my friends at the Sporting academy that I would play against Manchester and that I was a bit nervous. Nervousness is a part of being a football player, in big games. I’m always nervous because I always want to play well and do the best I can for my team and nervousness always plays a part. But when you’re nervous and focused, things usually work out better. I was motivated, I was happy and I knew that if I played well it would generate even more interest, not only from Manchester United, but from other clubs as well because I was being watched. I felt that many teams came to watch me and of course watch Sporting too. The game went really well for me.

I try to take all big challenges as a big test. Not anymore, but when I was younger, it was always a big challenge. Obviously, with maturity, you’re able to control your emotions but I knew it was an important step in my career. There were a lot of clubs interested in me at the time. I always had my feet on the ground and I knew that my future would be in football, that I would be a professional footballer and my life would be around football. I was taking it step by step. This time it was about playing, enjoying the game, playing against Manchester United, a great team, doing my best, trying to play an excellent game and obviously things went well. The before and after… I didn’t think about it. I was just thinking about the moment and enjoying the game

Obviously, I think you always change. I was more of a dribbler back then, I wasn’t as direct as I am now and in recent years. I was a talented dribbler and I used to like assisting. Obviously with time and experience I’ve changed and, I believe, for the better. To score wasn’t important, honestly. If I had scored, maybe there would have been 100 teams after me. Since I didn’t score, there were only 50 teams! I think the most important thing was to play well and help my team win. Even without a goal the interest was very high. I have to say, and it’s true, Manchester United were already interested in me before the game. The game was like the icing on the cake. I played well, I shone in the game and this aroused even more interest. After the game I felt I had nothing left to prove to anyone. Every club knew after that game that if they bet on me, they would win

It was just after the game. I remember that the game was over. There was a Sporting director who called me over and said that Ferguson wanted to talk to me. I left the dressing room and went to the other dressing room with him, along with an interpreter. He showed his interest, we talked, and obviously I was very happy. Knowing that I was a young man and feeling that everyone wanted me on their team, that for me was an emotional moment

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 13 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo said Zinedine Zidane made him feel special at Real Madrid] 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 13b Retrieve

[Ronaldo: The difference between me and Messi? I’ve won the Champions League with more than one club] In the case of Messi, he is an excellent player. Not only for the Ballons d’Or he has won but for also being a player who was always at the top year after year, just like me. The difference with me is that I’ve played for different clubs and I also won the Champions League with different clubs. I was the top scorer in the Champions League six times in a row

[Regardless, Ronaldo continues to harbour great respect for Messi] Obviously, I have not seen such a rivalry between two players at the top of the mountain for so many years. There are great players that I respect who have three, four or, at most, five years at their peak. Ten years? I’ve never seen that. I have never seen players, as we say in Portugal: ‘breaking stones every year’, scoring 40 or 50 goals, winning titles, always being up there. This is the hardest thing to achieve in football. It takes a lot to keep up and always be on top. This fit, slender body did not fall from the sky! I say it jokingly but it’s true, there’s a lot of work behind the trophies

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[How to do a bicycle kick in football. One of Cristiano Ronaldo’s most iconic goals was a bicycle kick which he executed to perfection while playing for Real Madrid in the quarter-final of the 2017-18 Champions League againt Juventus] It was, in my opinion, one of the best goals of my career so far. And, of course, when the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like, ‘wow’. It surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so it was an unbelievable moment

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo explained the differences he believes there is between himself and fellow superstar Lionel Messi] In the case of Messi, he is an excellent player. Not only for the Ballons d’Or he has won but for also being a player who was always at the top year after year, just like me. The difference with me is that I’ve played for different clubs and I also won the Champions League with different clubs. I was the top scorer in the Champions League six times in a row

2019 08 17b 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 18 Retrieve

[What does Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘siiiiii’ celebration mean?] The scream? The players know I always do that shout when I score a goal or when we win. It’s our shout, from Real Madrid

2019 08 21 Retrieve

[Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo remains unsure when he will retire] I don’t think about that. Maybe I can finish my career next year… but I can also play up to 40 or 41. I don’t know. What I always say is to enjoy the moment. The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it

[Ronaldo wants to make history and is seemingly motivated by setting records] Are there any football players who have more records than me? I don’t think there are any footballers who have more records than me

2019 08 22 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that both he and Lionel Messi have benefitted from their long-running rivalry] I really admire the career he has had so far and, for his part, he has already said that he had trouble when I left the Spanish league because it is a rivalry that he appreciates. It is a good rivalry that exists in football, but this is no exception. Michael Jordan had rivals in basketball, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were great rivals in Formula 1, the only common point between all the big rivalries in the sport is that they are healthy. Messi makes me a better player and vice versa

I have an excellent professional relationship with Messi because we have been sharing the same moments for 15 years. I have never been to dinner with him but why not in the future? I would have no problem with doing that

2019 08 22b Retrieve

[Ronaldo bemused by no move for Bruno Fernandes amid Man Utd & Real Madrid talk] In the national team you have Joao Cancelo, Bruno Fernandes, who nobody knows why he doesn’t leave. In the national team, you have a lot of talent, so I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Possibly this new generation will be the best at the talent level, but that’s not enough. They have to want to. I have spoken to him [Fernandes]. I’m a captain who wants to help and be helped

[Ronaldo was also in that group, having previously helped his country to glory at the 2016 European Championship] The atmosphere in the national team is spectacular. The last few years have been the most enjoyable. The most responsible for this is Fernando Santos and the president of the FPF

2019 08 22c Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted to having met with then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before sealing a switch to Manchester United in the summer of 2003] There had been contacts with so many other teams, Valencia for example were one of them. I met with Arsene Wenger and was about to go to Arsenal. I talked to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter too but after the friendly against Manchester United, who were already interested, they became even more interested and they sped up negotiations and signed me

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Norwegian third-division side IK Junkeren have signed Lionel Messi - a 16-year-old footballer that’s recently changed his name to that of his idol] I’ve had a plan for a while to change my name and I have Lionel Messi as my biggest idol. With my dedication to football, it made sense to try. I want to say that I try my best to play like him. Some similarities are certainly possible to see, but the talent is probably not as great. I have quite similar ball control and some speed. Those who know me from before still use the old first name, while new ones might call me Lionel or Leo

2019 08 24b Retrieve

[While unlikely to have an immediate impact on the pitch, Messi is still undoubtedly Junkeren’s most eye-catching signing and they aren’t ready to stop there. Junkeren general manager Runar Bo Eriksen said] I joked earlier that we have to look for Cristiano Ronaldo now. We know that there is a Ronaldo in the transfer market who has previously played at Fauske/Sprint, so we know he is out there

2019 08 24c 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 08 29 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has said he hopes to have dinner with Lionel Messi sometime in the future] We shared the stage for 15 years, me and him. I don’t know that it’s ever happened in football, the same two guys, the same stage, all the time. It’s not easy. We have a good relationship. We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope [we will] in the future. Of course I miss playing in Spain – we’ve had that battle the last 15 years, which is good. It pushed me and I pushed him as well. It’s good to be part of the history of football. I’m there and of course he’s there as well

He’s two years younger than me, but I think I look good for my age. I hope to be here next year and then in two years and three years. So the people that don’t like me, they’re going to see me here

2019 08 29b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping for a kinder reception from the Atletico Madrid faithful after Juventus were drawn against Diego Simeone’s side in the Champions League group stage] I won five Champions Leagues, Atletico Madrid zero. Defeat? That’s what happens in football, let’s see if Atletico will qualify

[However, Ronaldo is holding out for a less hostile return to the Wanda Metropolitano on his next return to Madrid] It’s one more game. Atletico is a great team as we all know. In Madrid I played many times and they were always a tough opponent. I hope they don’t crush me again at the stadium, calling me unsporting things. Atletico has an excellent team and an excellent coach. The other two adversaries are tough. This is the draw

[Ronaldo is confident the Serie A champions can go deeper into the tournament this time around] The favourite does not always win. Look at last year. Barcelona at Anfield, with Juve the same. I hope it is this year. I am confident. I hope it is Juve’s year. All teams reinforce to win. I hope it’s Juve. We have great team and great players, a great coach

2019 09 03 Retrieve

[Ronaldo crowned Portuguese Player of the Year for a record-extending 10th time] This world is so fast, with the social media, the press, it’s been wild. It’s been an extremely complicated year on a personal level. Don’t let anyone pull you down

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Despite playing just one game together to date, Cristiano Ronaldo seems in little doubt that Joao Felix could be capable of filling his shoes one day] Can he repeat my successes in Spain? I believe that a lot, because he is an excellent player with a lot of potential who can evolve

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo enjoying this moment after scoring four times to lead Portugal to a 5-1 thrashing of Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday] I’m having a good time, but the team was doing very well too. I am happy and enjoying this moment, not because I scored the goals, but because of the level we have been able to demonstrate in recent years. It is up to me to continue helping the national team

[Ronaldo feels Portugal – in second spot and holding a game in hand – are now closing in on a place at next year’s showpiece tournament] The hardest thing was winning in Serbia, and it was important to continue with a triumph here. We are closer, we have two games – one at home and one away – and I think if we win one of those matches it’s enough

2019 09 11b Retrieve

[Speaking after his freakish performance against Lithuania, Cristiano Ronaldo made it clear that performing for Portugal remains one of his top priorities] I’m having a good time, but the team was doing very well too. I am happy and enjoying this moment, not because I scored the goals, but because of the level we have been able to demonstrate in recent years. It is up to me to continue helping the national team

[He believes he’s capable of playing into his forties - a claim his physique and insane training regime would no doubt back up] I don’t think about that. Maybe I can leave my career next year…but I can also play up to 40 or 41. What I always say is to enjoy the moment. The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it

Are there any football players who have more records than me? I don’t think there are any footballers who have more records than me.

2019 09 11c Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo says he does not live thinking about individual prizes after being asked about the Ballon d’Or following his stunning four-goal haul for Portugal in Euro 2020 qualifying] As I always say, I don’t live thinking about individual prizes. This is a consequence of what we collectively won. But it’s good, I won’t lie. The important thing was to help the team. I scored a goal against Serbia and four here and I’m very happy We have to dismiss this moment and what I want most is to continue like this

[Now within touching distance of Ali Daei’s record for most international goals scored by a player] I’m having a good time, but the team was doing very well too. I am happy and enjoying this moment, not because I scored the goals, but because of the level we have been able to demonstrate in recent years. It is up to me to continue helping the national team

2019 09 15 Retrieve

[Atletico emerged 2-0 winners in the first leg of their last 16 tie, with Simeone’s side putting on an exceptional display to stifle Ronaldo and company. When Jose Gimenez scored his and his team’s second of the night, his manager couldn’t contain himself, spinning around to the fans and grabbing his crotch in celebration] It means we have balls, a lot of balls. I did it as a player in Lazio-Bologna and I did it again to show our fans that we have cojones

2019 09 15b Retrieve

[Atletico emerged 2-0 winners in the first leg of their last 16 tie, with Simeone’s side putting on an exceptional display to stifle Ronaldo and company. When Jose Gimenez scored his and his team’s second of the night, his manager couldn’t contain himself, spinning around to the fans and grabbing his crotch in celebration. Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s response to the result was much different] I have five Champions Leagues, these guys zero.

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[Emotional Cristiano Ronaldo addresses rape allegations. He has spoken for the first time about the impact the case has had on his family life] They play with your dignity. It’s hard. You have a girlfriend, you have a family, you have kids. When they play with your honesty, it’s bad, it’s hard. I remember one day I was at home in the living room with my girlfriend watching the television, to see the news and they talk about Cristiano Ronaldo and this and that, I listened to my kids coming down the stairs and I changed the channel because I was embarrassed. I felt embarrassed, I just changed the channel for Cristiano Jr not to see that they speak badly about his father, about a very bad case. It makes me feel so bad, to be honest

[In a revealing interview, Ronaldo also got emotional when shown footage of his late father expressing pride in his son’s progress at Euro 2004] I never saw the video. Sorry. To be No.1 and he doesn’t see anything… He doesn’t see me win awards, never. My family see, my mum, my brothers, even my oldest son, but my father, he didn’t see anything. [It means] a lot. I think the interview would be funny, but I didn’t expect to cry. But I never saw these images. I don’t know where you… I have to have these images to show my family. But I really don’t know my father 100 per cent. He was a drunk person. I never spoke with him, like a normal conversation. It was hard

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he was one step away from joining Arsenal prior to signing for Manchester United in 2003] It is true. Of course it is true. Very close. One step. Seriously

[As a result, Ronaldo did admit he still admired Arsenal, even though a move to the club never came to fruition] I want to apologise. Forgive me for not joining Arsenal. It didn’t happen, but Arsenal, I appreciate what they did for me, especially Arsene Wenger, but football you never know where you are going to play, life is like that. But I appreciate Arsenal because it is a fantastic club and you support Arsenal. And now you support Juventus

2019 09 17b Retrieve

[Ronaldo rates sex with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez above his best goal] No, not [when compared] with my Geo, no! I tried to score this goal for many, many years. I had scored 700-odd goals but I hadn’t done this. I thought, ‘Finally I had scored a bicycle, the beautiful jumping’. The way I had done against [Gianluigi] Buffon, against Juventus, in the Champions League. It was a beautiful goal

[The former Manchester United forward has said that the reception he received from Juve fans after scoring that goal helped to convince him to join the Serie A club] When the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like, ‘Wow’. [It] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so [it] was [an] unbelievable moment

2019 09 18 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo says that fame has made his life boring and that he wants to be free again] Being me is boring. A part of it is fantastic. Being famous, first page of the newspaper and TV. But after 15 years, after all this time, I want some privacy. In the last 10 years, my privacy has gone. I haven’t been to the park with my kids. If I go, people turn up and my kids are nervous, my girlfriend is nervous, I’m nervous. When you are in public, you cannot be yourself. It’s boring. I want to be free again

[More powerful than his thirst for peace and quiet, however, is his appetite for silverware] My obsession is to win, to have success. I worked for that. Talent is not enough. I am addicted to winning, the success. I dont chase the records, they chase me

[Ronaldo’s career has been dominated by his rivalry with Barcelona star Lionel Messi] Many people are surprised when I speak with him at UEFA events, but my relationship with him is we are not friends, but we share the stage for 15 years. I have a good relationship with him and I know it pushed me to be a better player and I push him to be a better player

2019 09 18b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo on the secret to his success] I think my biggest strength is my mind. Talent is not enough anymore. I can wake up, play with kids but have to go to the gym for 30-40 minutes, but that is the difference. That is why I am 34 but look 28

Many people are surprised when I speak with Messi at UEFA events, but my relationship with him is we are not friends, but we share the stage for 15 years. I have a good relationship with him, and I know he pushed me to be a better player and I push him to be a better player

[The Portugal international led his country to the 2016 European Championships] I tried to score this goal for many, many years. I had scored 700-odd goals, but I hadn’t done this. I thought, ‘finally I had scored a bicycle kick, [with] that beautiful jump’. The way I [did that], against Buffon, against Juventus, in the Champions League … it was a beautiful goal

2019 09 18c Retrieve

[Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo aiming to beat Messi’s Ballon d’Or haul as he targets eight awards] Messi is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player. He’s in the history of football, but I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him. I’d love it. I think I deserve it

[Adding on his ongoing rivalry with the mercurial Argentine] My relationship with him is… we’re not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years. I have a good relationship with him and I know that he has pushed me to be a better player. And I have pushed him to be a better player as well

I’m sure I’m in the history of football for what I have done and what I’m continuing to do, but as one of the best players in history. For me, I’m the number one in history. But for some fans, if the number one is another one and I’m second, that doesn’t matter. I know I’m in history as one of the greatest ever

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[How important are healthy diet & exercise for younger players?] A good workout must be combined with a good diet. I eat a high protein diet, with lots of wholegrain carbs, fruit and vegetables, and avoid sugary foods

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t amused by fans taking the wrong message from his hand gesture after missing a late chance for Juventus in their 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid in midweek] Learn, you have to learn. People like to talk too much. That’s all. People are stupid and talk too much

[Juve are still adjusting to life under Maurizio Sarri, but Ronaldo doesn’t think there was anything unusual about his side being below their best] The important thing is that the team won. We were tired after the Champions League, which is only natural after the travelling, the intense match in Madrid, but we were able to get it done. The referee didn’t give the penalty, it doesn’t matter, I thought it was a penalty

2019 09 23 Retrieve

[Ronaldo wrote on Instagram about his team-mate back in 2017, emphasising the bond shared between the two] One-on-one in training. Happy to play against one of the world’s toughest defenders. My brother Coentrao

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo posted a philosophical message on Instagram after opting to skip the FIFA awards ceremony, where long-time rival Lionel Messi was named the Best Men’s Player] Patience and persistence are two characteristics that differentiate the professional from the amateur. Everything that is big today has started small. You can’t do everything, but do everything you can to make your dreams come true. And keep in mind that after night always comes dawn

[The former Real Madrid forward’s conduct in Juve’s recent 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League came into question after he was accused of making a controversial hand gesture. But Ronaldo insists that the gesture means, ‘learn, you have to learn’, and suggested critics were reading too much into it] People like to talk too much. That’s all. People are stupid and talk too much

2019 09 25 Retrieve

[Fabio Paratici says Cristiano Ronaldo should have won The Best FIFA men’s player award ahead of Lionel Messi. The 34-year-old used Instagram to make a cryptic post on his official account, featuring an image of himself relaxing on the couch with a book] Patience and persistence are two characteristics that differentiate the professional from the amateur. Everything that is big today has started small. You can’t do everything, but do everything you can to make your dreams come true. And keep in mind that after night always comes dawn

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo continues to keep everyone guessing when it comes to his future] I still love football. I love to entertain the fans and the people who love Cristiano. It doesn’t matter the age, it’s all about mentality. The last five years I start to enjoy this process of seeing me outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?

I do not want to imitate anybody. You have to be yourself all the time, but you can always pick up small details and take something from good examples, not only in football but in other sports as well - Formula 1, NBA, golf, UFC, whatever. The best athletes have a similar work ethic. Even the CEOs of great companies are always motivated and they have to work hard to achieve good things. You have to trust in yourself. In football, I have more control. I know what I can do. In business, it’s more difficult, you depend on other people, but I have a good team. It will be a challenge

[He intends to be the best at whatever he sets his mind to, with top spot all that interests him] It has taken many years of hard work, dedication and passion to achieve what I have in football. Outside of football I’m not there yet, but I’m a competitive guy and I don’t like to be the number two or number three. I always want to be number one. I will do it, 100 per cent

2019 10 01b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has reached yet another Champions League record by scoring against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday] I still love football. I love to entertain the fans and the people who love Cristiano. It doesn’t matter the age, it’s all about mentality. The last five years I start to enjoy this process of seeing me outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[Ronaldo credits ‘obsession’ following 700th goal] Not just anyone can reach this figure. Thank you to my team-mates, colleagues and coaches who have helped me to become the player I am. I am disappointed that we didn’t win, but proud of the team

[Reflecting on his personal achievement] How many records do I have? I don’t know. I have to enjoy the moment and thank those who helped me reach this impressive mark. The last time I played at this ground I won the Champions League, a beautiful moment that is in the past. Today we played well but couldn’t win. Records come naturally - I don’t go looking for them; records are looking for me! Without having an obsession, they happen naturally

2019 10 15b Retrieve

[Ronaldo told reporters are reaching another notable landmark at the Olympic Stadium] How many records do I have? I don’t know. I have to enjoy the moment and thank those who helped me reach this impressive mark. The last time I played at this ground I won the Champions League, a beautiful moment that is in the past. Today we played well but couldn’t win. Records come naturally - I don’t go looking for them; records are looking for me! Without having an obsession, they happen naturally

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Speaking after scoring his 700th goal for club and country, Ronaldo admitted the milestone was an important one and conceded records have a way of seeking him out] Not just anyone can reach this figure. Thank you to my team-mates, colleagues and coaches who have helped me to become the player I am. Records come naturally - I don’t go looking for them; records are looking for me! Without having an obsession, they happen naturally

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo will be wasting little time reflecting on the achievement of reaching 700 career goals] I am not thinking about the 700 goals, it is past. I want to help the team and that is more important. I want to be on the pitch and help the team win trophies. I am, of course, proud to score 700 goals but the priority is to win with Juve. The individual records will come in a natural way. Football every year is a challenge, not just for me but for Juve. Of course, we want to win Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia. I think Juventus should think big, they are a big club and we need to think in a big way. We want to win the league and Champions League.

[Ronaldo is pleased with the progress being made by Maurizio Sarri’s side and says he has adapted quickly to the demands of a new boss in Turin] I think the team is much better and we are more confident. We play, in my opinion, a different type of football, in attack with more possession. My role is similar, maybe a bit freer in the way I feel comfortable and the way I feel good. Step by step we should be Juventus. We have a different coach, a new system, new players and I think we have changed for the better. We are happy. I like the way Sarri wants the team to play. I think the team is more confident, we create more chances and you can see that by the way we move the ball. I am happy. We play more forward and with more confidence

[Ronaldo is considered to be untouchable at Juventus] Age is just a number; I can show that through my performances. Both Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain are great players as are Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi and they can all make the difference

2019 10 21b Retrieve

[Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he has no plans to retire from football any time soon] Age is just a number. It does not mean that at 34, 35, 36, you are at the end of your career. I can show that with my performances, how I play, the way I play, the way I still feel good, sharp, thinking about the game, more mature. This makes the difference

We want to win Serie A, we want to win the Cup, the Champions League. Juventus should think big. We are going to try to win all the trophies. We know it will be difficult, especially the league and the Champions League, but I think it is possible. Everything is possible. In terms of individual [honours], I have nothing to say as this is individual. It is not the most important thing. The most important is the collective awards. If you win the collective awards, you have more chance to win the individual awards… The Ballon d’Or is for me in second place

[As well as winning medals and accolades, Ronaldo also revealed what makes he takes enjoyment from] To win games, to score goals, to enjoy myself, to arrive home and see my kids happy and say, ‘Congratulations daddy for scoring a goal.’ That makes me happy. This is my motivation to come to train, for the games, to entertain people and the fans with my passion

2019 10 28 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo believes his healthy rivalry with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi during his time in La Liga made him a better player] A lot of people said that we fed each other, that being together in Spain made us better. That’s certainly true. I felt his presence more in Madrid than in Manchester. It was a healthy rivalry. We were the symbols of our clubs. It’s always nice to be spoken of in a flattering way. It’s nice if they say I’ve been the best, a fantastic player. Today, I hear everything they say about me, but when it’s all over, at the end of my career, I won’t mind because I’ll disconnect from everything.

[Ronaldo is well known for his dedication to training and insists hard work off the field has helped him to become one of the all-time greats] First of all, you need talent, otherwise you won’t amount to much. However, talent is useless without hard work. I would never have got to where I am today without the culture of hard work

[Ronaldo recently netted the 700th goal of his career in Portugal’s 2-1 defeat to Ukraine] Reaching 700 goals make me proud - it’s an impressive total that few players have reached. If I had to choose a favourite, I would say the one against Juventus because it was a goal I’d been trying to score for years

2019 10 28b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has spurred on the next generation of Portuguese footballers with new pairs of boots each and an inspirational message] I send you these Mercurial Dream Speed boots in the hope that they help you reach your dream. When I was a child I had a simple but very crazy dream. No, it wasn’t the type of dream that you have when you are sleeping. This was one of those dreams that you want so much that it keeps you awake at night. I wanted to become the best footballer in the world. I dedicated my life to my dream - in the gym, on the training pitch - doing everything necessary to make it possible. It’s so important to have a dream. It’s even more important to work hard to reach it. I realised my dream and I hope you can realise yours too. Pursue them without hesitation. If I did it, you can do it too. Congratulations on qualifying for the elite round. Stay focused and keep your eyes on the next victory. Good luck and enjoy these boots. Cristiano Ronaldo

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[Asked how he became such a prolific scorer while under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson] By using my brain. If you’ve got a little intelligence, you look and take example from those who are doing things better than you. That’s what I did when I was in Manchester with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand … if you don’t learn from guys like that, you’re an imbecile. The goal isn’t to imitate but to take aspects from those who are the best and adapt it to your own personality. That’s what I did. I had some talent and I watched them. Sir Alex Ferguson also taught me a lot, and I realised I had the potential to score, not only dribble and pass. I started to think of being a complete player without any weakness. I could score with my right foot, my left foot and my head. I’m strong and I’m quick. If you have this and a real ethic and a good lifestyle, you can still do it at 34-and-a-half

[Ronaldo added that the right mentality is absolutely essential to reach – and stay – at the top] We faced Lokomotiv Moscow, who refused to play and parked the bus in front of their goal. It was hard to score. I didn’t do it and I was frustrated at the end. That’s normal. The most important thing is that the team wins. But when I went back to the dressing room, I chilled out. After the match, I went to dinner with friends. I got home at four in the morning. I had a glass of iced water before bed. I slept until 10 then I had my breakfast. At 11, I went to work in the gym. If you don’t have that discipline every day, you can’t stay at the top for 15 years

[Ronaldo speak of the importance of yoga and meditation in his life] I’ve learned from Michael Jordan and all those who achieved excellence. I like to read about the Noble Prize, on what people have invented, generated, created, developed. The Nobel Prize for people like that, it’s like winning the Ballon d’Or for me. I like to know why they’ve invented something and how they did it. It’s important and it’s going to help me become even better

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he would only play the big games if it were up to him] I’ll tell you, if it were up to me, I would only play some important games. Those of the national team and the Champions League. It’s these kinds of games that emerge, those with a stake, a difficult atmosphere, a pressure. After, you have to be pro and perform well every day to honour your family and the club you represent and who pays you for it. So, always give the best

Age is just a number. It does not mean that at 34, 35, 36, you are at the end of your career. I can show that with my performances, how I play, the way I play, the way I still feel good, sharp, thinking about the game, more mature. This makes the difference

2019 10 31 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo was delighted with the way Juventus kept persisting in a nervy 2-1 win against Serie A strugglers Genoa on Wednesday] I am very happy. [It was] a very difficult match against an organised team but we are Juventus, the motto is to [fight to] the end. We are very happy with the three points. We created a lot and we deserved it. Intermilan ahead in the standings was an extra stimulus

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[‘Football mafia’ robbed Cristiano Ronaldo of Ballon d’Or, says Juventus star’s mother] There is a mafia. That’s the right word to define it. Yes, there is a mafia in football. If there wasn’t a football mafia, my son would have more [individual] international trophies. If you see everything that happened, you will realise that it is the mafia. If he was Spanish or English they would not do what they did to him. But since he’s Portuguese and from Madeira… well, this happens

I don’t know if he will get it, but I am confident. I think he deserves it if we analyse what he did during the season

2019 11 02b Retrieve

[Aveiro is not the first member of Ronaldo’s family to blame a ‘football mafia’ for undermining his efforts, as his sister Elma made similar claims last year] Unfortunately this is the world we live in, rotten, with mafia and f**g money. The power of God is a lot greater than all this rottenness. God takes his time but he doesn’t fail

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has sought to dispel any concerns over his fitness ahead of the nation’s meeting with Lithuania on Thursday] To the national newspapers: the captain is fine. The captain is good, no – he’s very good

2019 11 17 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has played down his angry reaction to being substituted twice for Juventus in recent weeks] For the last three weeks, I have been playing limited. There was no controversy, you create controversy. I don’t like to be replaced, but I have been playing limited for the last three weeks, I tried to help Juventus, even playing injured. I’m still not 100% but when it comes to sacrificing for the club or team I do it with pride because I know there were a lot of games up for grabs.

At Juventus, Inter are putting a lot of pressure. We are two points ahead, but we can’t go easy because if they draw or lose, they overtake us and I sacrificed myself. I have never had major injuries. I play 50 or 60 games a year, but at one time or another there may be an unforeseen event: It’s a pain that keeps me from being 100%. But I always try to help. There has been a lot of controversy on this subject, without there being much to see. We won. Juventus is in first place, we (Portugal) qualified and I will be 100% fit as fast as possible

2019 11 17b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his happiness in helping Portugal qualify for next summer’s European Championships] It is always important and a proud occasion to represent the national team, and scoring goals that helped us qualify. We had two games we had to win. I am very happy that we won, and qualified for my fifth European Championships. It’s difficult to play on these types of fields, a potato field. I don’t know how it’s possible for teams at this level to play on fields of this quality. The performance wasn’t beautiful, but we did our job. It was the pitch we had to play and, and we won 2-0, which was our priority

There is a long season [between now and the summer] and many players will grow. The Euros are only a few months away and the candidates to win are always the same. We aren’t favourites because we won in 2016, let’s go there and try and win again. Everyone else is a favourite

I am proud to be Portuguese, I didn’t trade my nationality. I’m glad [Danilo] said that, Brazil is one of the best teams ever, and Portugal isn’t in the top three, but we can beat them. The 100th goal will come naturally. All the records I’ve been beating are there to be beaten, but it will happen in a natural way

2019 11 22 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo says he is focused on returning to full fitness after being left out of the Juventus squad for Saturday’s Serie A game away to Atalanta] Focused on my recovery to come back soon

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 01 Retrieve

[After scoring the winning goal against Verona] People like to talk too much. That’s all. People are stupid and talk too much

[It took him four games - or 320 minutes - to finally find the back of the net as he struck twice in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo] I really wanted to score these first goals and I’m happy to have found the net. This is football. The important thing is that the team wins. Obviously, I was a little tense with all the talk of Real Madrid and not scoring, but I thank my team-mates for supporting me throughout. I knew that I was working well and it was only a matter of time. I am adapting well to Italian football

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro hit back at Virgil van Dijk on Instagram after the defender joked that the Juventus forward wasn’t a rival for this year’s Ballon d’Or] Now, dear Virgil, where you are going, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone and has come [back] a thousand times. You see, my dear Virgil, that Cristiano Ronaldo was a three-times champion in the country where you have been playing for years and you still haven’t got your hands on the trophy. Cristiano Ronaldo was even the best player and best scorer in the country where you play Virgil. By the way, he was even younger than you

Then, dear Virgil, Cristiano Ronaldo went to other places and became the greatest player in the history of club football. Real Madrid, [does that] tell you something, Virgil? Maybe so, because this club, with this Cristiano guy, even beat you in the Champions League final. Of these [Ballons d’Or], Ronaldo already has five, Virgil. And that fellow Ronaldo, and team-mates, crushed your ‘Oranje’ in a final. Was it hard, Virgil? We have pity. And, dear Virgil, in one of the least successful times of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has won even more titles than you. Awesome, isn’t it? Now Virgil, [you go and] win titles that really count and then we’ll talk. When you have a handful of them, the really important ones, you might be able to sit at the table with Cristiano. Or, as they say in our land, it grows and appears! For me, Cristiano you are and you will always be the best player in the world!!!

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo would welcome the opportunity to take in a reunion with Real Madrid in the final of the 2019-20 Champions League] Real are an extraordinary team, but if you ask me, I’d rather face them later. In the final? I would sign up now to meet them in the final

I feel good, the physical problems I had have passed. It was four weeks that I was playing with a little pain, but now I’m fine. The team is doing well, we played very well in the second half [against Leverkusen], we are first in the group, things improved for me too, I have more confidence. I hope to continue like this

Whether I play with Dybala or Higuain it is great. I like playing with both of them, we have a lot of fun on the pitch, but the coach is the one who makes the decisions and we must respect them. But I can’t deny that we have a lot of fun

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[Juventus star Ronaldo explains origins of trademark ‘siiiiii’ celebration] I started saying it when I was at Real Madrid. When we all won, they said ‘siiii!’. I started saying it, I don’t know why. It came naturally to me. I remember the preseason in Los Angeles. We played against Chelsea, I scored a goal and I did this (mimics the celebration). People asked me: ‘why did you do it?’ I don’t know. I did it, I turned around, but naturally, because I always say that the best things happen in a natural way

2019 12 18b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo added to his highlight reel with a leap out of the NBA playbook and a stunning header that helped Juventus sink Sampdoria] I’m very happy with the result. It’s been a very difficult match against a Sampdoria team who played well. We managed to do even better and deservedly got this victory. The team played with a great attitude. The goal was great, especially because it was decisive for winning the three points. I didn’t know I was up [in the air] so long

[Ronaldo and Juventus now turn their focus to taking on Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana on Sunday in Saudi Arabia] A final always starts at 50-50. Lazio have an excellent team, but I’m convinced that Juve can win the match

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Why did Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid for Juventus?] I felt within the club, especially from the president, that I was no longer considered in the same way as I was at the beginning. For the first four or five years, I felt like Cristiano Ronaldo. Less so after. The president looked at me in a way that suggested I was no longer indispensable if you know what I mean. That is what made me think about leaving

[Ronaldo has, however, denied that the move came about as a result of a dispute over remuneration] If it had all been about money, I’d have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much than here [at Juventus] or at Real. I did not come to Juve for the money. I earned the same in Madrid, if not more

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo says he got drunk on champagne as he celebrated Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph] It was the most important trophy of my career. I laughed, I cried, I coached, I got drunk after the game. I had a glass of champagne and I was a little drunk. The day was so special

[And the former Real Madrid hero remembers legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson approaching him after his stunning display] I remember I played very well with Sporting against Man Utd. I was very happy and excited. The day before, I had spoken with a friend of mine and told him: ‘If I play well they will bring me there’, but it was a joke. I played well and after the game Sir Alex Ferguson told me: ‘You should come here’. I was 18, I was so happy. I went to Manchester to see where United trained. I thought: ‘I’ll be back next year’, but Ferguson told me: ‘You stay here, I want you to play next week’

2019 12 26b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo says he does not expect to become a coach after he retires, but is not ready to rule it out entirely] 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

[The forward says he is happy at Juve at the moment] I like everything about Juventus. They have a good culture, they are the best club in Italy. They have an extraordinary story. I’m really happy to be here. I want to win many trophies here

[Ronaldo was the star of the show in the first leg with two goals, one of which was a stunning overhead kick] Best goal I ever scored. The standing ovation? Special. Gianluigi Buffon was there, in a very good stadium, a great team. It was a really special night. When I talked to Buffon, I thought I was looking at a good and nice person. After the goal he just congratulated me. It was nice. I remember him well, he’s always ready to help others

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up on his retirement plans, expressing a desire to challenge himself by starting a new career in acting] Several years ago, the age of playing football was until 30-32, but now, you find those who are 40 years old playing on the field. The moment my body is no longer responding in the right way on the field, then it would be the time to leave. My success in my field is the result of hard work, and a way of living. I work continuously to improve my mental and physical abilities. I aspire to continue my studies after retiring from football.

I hope I live more than 50 years to learn new things and face different challenges and try to find solutions for them. One of the things that I seek to challenge myself in, for example, is acting in a movie. I always recommend learning all that is new. This is what I always strive for. I always seek to educate myself, because my studies tend to answer many of the questions on my mind. We have to learn the best of others, and this is an important part in helping me achieve what I have reached now

Our life is based on balance, you can eat all the food you want, but in return, you should keep exercising and not eat what harms your body. I know my body 100 per cent, and I always maintain a diet that brings me the physique that makes me different. Everyone knows my way of living, and my life is devoted to football. Maintaining my level of success in the past 15 years is mainly linked to my perseverance in being the best! I don’t want my words to be understood as narcissism. The love of football is the main motive in achieving all the titles I ever won. There are no special miracles or secrets in my success story, or any other success story. Rather, it is a great dedication to what you do. At the age of 34, I still have that fitness through diligence and hard work to get titles

2019 12 28b 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

2019 12 29 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off 2019 by winning the prize for best men’s player at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards] I have to thank my family, my girlfriend, my boy there, Cristiano, my three kids who are waiting for me in the hotel, my friends, my team-mates of Juventus and the national team, my agent, all the people here tonight who support this gala. I have to say thank you to the Arabic community, which is always great with me. I have to thank Dubai as well – it’s a marvellous place to be, I’m coming every year and I love this place. And finally to thank [everyone] who voted for me. It’s a great honour to be here and receive this amazing award. I hope to be here next year to receive this award, of course. Thanks to everyone, and a happy New Year

2020 01 15 Retrieve

[Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has missed out on his side’s Coppa Italia match with Udinese on Wednesday due to sinusitis] Cristiano Ronaldo was struck by a bout of sinusitis this afternoon and will not be present at the Allianz Stadium for tonight’s match

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[How does Ronaldo train?] In training we do a few laps of the pitch, stretching and cardio warm-up exercises. Make sure you do something similar in your training, even if it is jogging to the gym or a warm up on the treadmill or bicycle

[On the pitch, the focus is on high-intensity drills that reflect match situations] We do a lot of sprinting drills in training and they can be incorporated into your workout whether you are in the gym or outdoors. Try and add it to every workout you do

[Workouts are not restricted to the time Ronaldo spent at training facilities] Fit in exercise wherever you. You can do an abs workout in your bedroom when you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed. If you get into a routine then it makes it easier as it will become a habit

[What does Ronaldo eat?] A good workout must be combined with a good diet. I eat a high protein diet, with lots of wholegrain carbs, fruit and vegetables, and avoid sugary foods

[For his breakfast, Ronaldo is partial to the likes of cheese, ham, low-fat yoghurt alongside plenty of fruit as well as avocado toast] Eat regularly. 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

[What other secrets does Ronaldo have?] Learn to train your mind as well as your body. Mental strength is just as important as physical strength and will help you achieve your goals. Be disciplined. Keeping yourself motivated and sticking to your routine is key. For me, there is no room for easing off so I have to be strict

Training and physical sessions are most important, but living a relaxed lifestyle helps you to be the best you can be, physically and mentally. I spend my free time with family and friends, which keeps me relaxed and in a positive mindset

2020 01 19 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledged the importance of Juventus winning against Parma after seeing Serie A title rivals Inter draw at Lecce earlier on Sunday] The important thing was to win tonight. Lazio won, Inter drew, and we could not afford not to take advantage of this important opportunity. It was a difficult game, because Parma are an excellent team who caused us some difficulties. I’m happy to have helped the team with two goals, but the important thing is always the three points at the end. They created more chances in the second half - we were nervous at the end - but we managed to get a key result

2020 02 06 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t expect illustrious career] 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 footballer, but I didn’t think I was going to win everything I’ve won

[His first campaign with Juve ended with domestic success in Serie A] To play at Juventus gives me the chance to win it again. We know it’s difficult, it depends on many factors, but it’s possible because we have a good team. We must take one step at a time going forward

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 footballer, but I didn’t think I was going to win everything I’ve won. To play at Juventus gives me the chance to win it again. We know it’s difficult, it depends on many factors, but it’s possible because we have a good team. We must take one step at a time going forward

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo believes Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is the present and the future of football] Mbappe is the future and the present. He’s a fantastic player, very fast, and he will be the future

2020 02 28 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo says Juventus are not worried about being eliminated from the Champions League despite losing to Lyon in their round of 16 first leg] We’re not worried about exiting the Champions League. It’s the most difficult competition there is in this sport. I’m impatient to play the return leg at Allianz Stadium. I’m convinced that we will qualify

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo is happy at Juventus and is looking to chase down more records] I’m happy. I’m in the best club in Italy, I’m playing alongside the best players. I’m happy we won trophies last year - and this year I hope to win as well. As an individual I am happy. I went to Juventus to score goals and do my best and I am very happy

It’s a good achievement. One thousand games means that dedication, hard work and talent pays off. It is not easy to do 1000 games at 35 years old. I’m so happy. It’s nice but I hope to play hundreds of games more. It’s good, it’s a good number but the most important thing was to win the game and be on top of the league. The records come. I have many records. It comes in a natural way. To be honest, I am not worried about that. I have records better than this one but if I [get more], I will be happy. But this is not my priority. My priority is to play well, to win games

2020 03 01 Retrieve

[Ronaldo caught on camera blaming Juventus midfield for Lyon defeat] We are left alone out there, the midfielders are giving us no support. I know, not even the second balls, nothing

2020 03 03 Retrieve

[Ronaldo flies home to Madeira after Juventus star’s mother is hospitalised after suffering suspected stroke] Thank you for all your messages of support for my mum. She is currently stable and recovering in hospital. Me and my family would like to thank the medical team looking after her, and kindly ask that we are all given some privacy at this time

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo sends support to Rugani and health professionals amid coronavirus isolation] The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us. I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world. It is important we all follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation. Protecting human life must come above any other interests. I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my team-mate Daniele Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own lives at risk to save others

2020 03 15 Retrieve

[Ronaldo’s hotel refutes reports of being a paid-up coronavirus infirmary] The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us. I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world. It is important we all follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation. Protecting human life must come above any other interests. I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my team-mate Daniele Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own lives at risk to save others

2020 03 17 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo posted an uplifting message to his social media] I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world. It is important we follow the advice of WHO and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation

2020 03 21 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Maria Dolores, has posted an emotional message on social media thanking those who have offered support during her recent health scare] Thank you for all your messages of support for my mum. She is currently stable and recovering in hospital. Me and my family would like to thank the medical team looking after her, and kindly ask that we are all given some privacy at this time

2020 03 21b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Maria Dolores, has posted an emotional message on social media thanking those who have offered support during her recent health scare] I am lucky to have the opportunity to live, to love my family and have them close to me. Thank you to everyone for their support and affection. These have been difficult days, but ones of struggle and victory. Now I’m at home surrounded by the love of my family, my good energy. I will stay here as I like to but always looking after myself first. Everything will be fine. You thought I wouldn’t come back but I returned slowly, softly, calmly and with peace in my heart

I also returned with a thought in the form of a message - why judge the colour of one’s skin, the clothes or shoes people use or the way they look. We are nothing when it comes to life, we are simple, pedestrians in this world. Life is a lesson and we just have to value it and be thankful for everything. And have faith in God that everything will turn out okay

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Emanuel Santos on Cristiano Ronaldo statue] Even Jesus did not please everyone. This is a matter of taste, it’s not as simple as it seems. I used photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I searched on the internet as a base. I put the photos next to me and started working on the bust. What matters is the impact that this work generates. There is always the possibility of making a difference, I was prepared for all this

2020 03 28 Retrieve

[Ronaldo on Zidane] I think Zidane knows how to handle the team in an intelligent way. It’s not an easy situation because all the players like to play a lot, but he knows how to work intelligently and he manages to involve all the team.

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

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