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7 Things You Never Knew About Cristiano Ronaldo
Born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, the ‘Ronaldo’ part of his surname (which has been a point of confusion with the iconic Brazilian striker of the 1990s and early 2000s) was given in reference to former United States president and Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan. Reagan had been sworn in for a second term as president before Ronaldo’s birth on February 5, 1985 and as the player explained to GQ: “I know that my father admired him.” CR7 Cap
Ronaldo may be known for his CR7 moniker, due to his favourite shirt number, but he has worn four different numbers over his career: No.28 in his debut professional season for Sporting CP, 2002-03; No.17 for Portugal at Euro 2004 due to Luís Figo holding the No.7 jersey; and No.9 when he first signed for Madrid in 2009 before Raúl left for Schalke a year later. CR7 Cap
The story of joining United
If not for John O’Shea, Ronaldo may never have become a Manchester United player. The Republic of Ireland international was selected at right-back for a pre-season friendly on August 7, 2003 and was given such a torrid time by a teenage Ronaldo, it convinced Sir Alex Ferguson to push through a transfer.
O’Shea said: “In a roundabout way, I take it as a compliment that the boss wanted to sign Ronaldo so quickly after the game, because of how he had performed against me that night.” CR7 Cap
What might have been…
Liverpool, Arsenal, Juventus, Lazio and Parma are five clubs who missed the chance to sign Ronaldo in 2003. Alessandro Moggi, the son of Juventus’ former general director Luciano, claimed in 2017 that both Lazio and Parma turned the Portuguese down before Juve agreed a deal to swap Ronaldo for their striker Marcelo Salas, only for the Chilean to reject a move to Lisbon. CR7 Cap
Unlike many modern footballers, Ronaldo is completely tattoo free. Not because of a fear of needles but because, since the age of 24, he’s regularly given blood and Red Cross rules stipulate no donors can provide samples within four months of being inked. Ronaldo also donated bone marrow to help the son of Portugal teammate Carlos Martins, Gustavo, who was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia in 2012. CR7 Cap
A broken record
He holds five major goalscoring records for Real Madrid: the club’s all-time leading goalscorer – 451; the most in La Liga – 311; the most in the Champions League – 105; the most in El Clásico – 18; the most in the Madrid derby – 22; plus the most assists – 85. He also has the record for the most goals in a Premier League season by a Manchester United player with 31 in 38 games during the 2007/08 season. CR7 Cap
In 2015, Portuguese national team chef Helio Loureiro revealed Ronaldo’s five favourite foods: Bacalhau a bras – strips of salted cod, onions, potatoes and egg; risotto; Portuguese wine; fried polenta; vegetable soup. legend of zelda plush
On the music front, Ronaldo has listed Phil Collins, Sade, Elton John and George Michael as his favourite singers along with a preference for listening to “hip-hop and Brazilian music”, while Colombian solo artist Kevin Roldán also sang at his 30th birthday party in Madrid. CR7 Cap
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