Here is a look into the life of professional soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Date of Birth: February 5, 1985
place of birth: Funchal, Portugal
Birth name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
dad: Jose Dinis Aveiro, the gardener
the mother: Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, Chef
Children: With Georgina Rodriguez: Alana Martina, 2017; Bella Esmeralda and male twins (name not made public, died in childbirth), 2022; Via alternative: Eva and Mateo (twins), 2017; With her mother’s name not publicly available: Cristiano Jr., 2010
The best scorer in the history of international football.
Portugal’s all-time top international goalscorer.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017), and four-time Golden Boot (2007-08, 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2014-15).
Among his charitable works was paying for brain surgery on a 10-month-old baby. Other work included raising money for survivors of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and paying for treatment for a 9-year-old cancer patient.
His father named him after US President Ronald Reagan.
early 90’s – He joins the local amateur team Andorinha.
late 90s – He joins Clube Desportivo Nacional da Madeira, one of the leading professional football clubs in Portugal.
early 2000s – Banners with Sporting Club de Portugal.
August 12, 2003 – He signed with Manchester United for 12.24 million pounds ($19.7 million).
August 20, 2003 – First appearance for the Portuguese national team.
June – July 2004 – He represents Portugal in the European Nations Cup and scores a goal in the opening match of the tournament. This is his first major international tournament.
July 2004 – He plays for Portugal during the Summer Olympics. Portugal was eliminated in the group stage.
2005 – Wins the FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year Award.
October 2005 – He is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault but has not been charged.
June 17, 2006 – He scored his first goal in the World Cup against Iran. Portugal wins 2-0.
2008 – Wins the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
2009 – Transfers to Real Madrid. The deal includes an £80m (over $130m) transfer fee.
December 15, 2013 – He opens a museum dedicated to his football career in his hometown of Funchal, Portugal.
January 6, 2014 – He scored his 400th career goal.
January 20, 2014 – Appointed Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry.
October 17, 2015 – He officially became Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer in their 3-0 win over Levante at the Santiago Bernabéu.
November 9, 2015 – Premiere of the documentary “Ronaldo” in London.
November 8, 2016 – He signs a “lifetime” endorsement deal with Nike.
January 2017 – He was named FIFA World Player of the Year 2016.
June 13, 2017 – Accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in taxes between 2011 and 2014.
August 14, 2017 – According to the Spanish Football Federation, Ronaldo was banned from playing for five matches after the red card he received in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over rivals Barcelona. In addition to his one-match red card ban, he will miss another four matches due to shoving referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengotxea while leaving the field.
October 23, 2017 – He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award for the second year in a row.
December 7, 2017 – He received his fifth Ballon d’Or, equaling the record set by his eternal rival, Lionel Messi.
July 10, 2018 – He leaves Real Madrid to join Serie A champions Juventus, based in Turin, Italy, with a four-year contract and a transfer fee of $117 million.
September 27, 2018 – Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada, accusing Ronaldo of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. She is seeking to void a settlement and non-disclosure agreement, which she says she was forced to sign by Ronaldo and his legal team. Ronaldo denies these allegations.
January 10, 2019 – Las Vegas police spokeswoman Officer Laura Meltzer confirmed that while investigating allegations of rape against Ronaldo, they sent a note to authorities in Italy requesting a sample of his DNA.
January 22, 2019 – Ronaldo agrees to settle the tax fraud case with the Spanish authorities by paying a $21.6 million fine and accepting a suspended 23-month prison sentence. Under Spanish law, first-time offenders can avoid jail time if the sentence is less than two years.
April 20, 2019 – Juventus defeats Fiorentina 2-1 to win the Italian League title. Ronaldo became the first player ever to win titles in the Premier League (with Manchester United), La Liga (with Real Madrid) and Serie A (with Juventus).
May 8, 2019 – The lawsuit, filed in Clark County, Nevada, accusing Ronaldo of rape, was voluntarily dismissed by Mayorga. “We dismissed the state case because we filed identical claims in federal court because of federal court rules on foreign service, we basically changed the venue, but the claims remain,” Mayorga’s attorney, Larissa Drobikzer, told CNN.
July 22, 2019 – The Clark County District Attorney’s Office has said that Ronaldo will not face charges of sexual assault in Las Vegas. The office says the allegations, which were first made in 2009, cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
August 16, 2019 – Federal court documents reveal that after Mayorga was accused of rape in 2009, Ronaldo paid Mayorga $375,000 in a confidentiality and settlement agreement. Mayorga is asking the court to annul the agreement on the grounds that Ronaldo and his legal team took advantage of her fragile emotional state to force her to sign it.
September 8, 2020 – He scored his 100th international goal in Portugal’s Nations League match against Sweden, becoming only the second man in history to reach the milestone.
October 13, 2020 – She tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from the Portuguese Football Federation.
September 1, 2021 – He breaks the men’s international goalscoring record after scoring twice against Ireland in a World Cup Group A qualifier in Almancil, Portugal.
October 6, 2021 – A federal judge is recommending that the rape case against Ronaldo be dismissed, because Mayorga’s lawyers improperly obtained and used information from leaked documents. On June 10, 2022, the case was dismissed.
March 12, 2022 – He scored his 806th career goal against Tottenham Hotspur, breaking the all-time FIFA record for most goals in competitive matches in men’s football history.
April 18, 2022 – Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, announced the death of one of their newborn twins.
November 22, 2022 – Manchester United announced Ronaldo’s withdrawal from the English Premier League with immediate effect. The announcement comes a week after Ronaldo gave an explosive TV interview about his frustration with the club.