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(Christian two Ronaldo Santos Aveiro;) Funchal, Madeira, 1985) Portuguese footballer, considered one of the best strikers in the current scene. In addition to the numerous titles and obtained individual distinctions throughout his career at Manchester United (2003-2009), has the honour to be the footballer that more money has never paid a club: in June 2009, the transfer to Real Madrid white club cost 94 million euros, the highest in history.
With the shirt of Real Madrid
Christian Ronaldo was born in a working-class district in the Portuguese island of Madeira, in the bosom of a family of three brothers. From very small showed his good qualities for the sport: eight years playing in the team of La Andorinha, and 10 were fighting for it and both teams over the island, the sea and the C.d. Nacional; the father of the player decided that you enter in the latter. There she progressed way meteoric, and at age 16, after performing a test, joined Sporting Lisbon and moved to the Portuguese capital.
Treated as a prodigy, at Sporting of Lisbon psychologists, coaches, guiding their studies and medical were assigned him to oversee the physical growth of a promising young which was to become a complete athlete. In October 2001, at the age of 17, he made his debut in a full match in the Portuguese Super League, making a favorable impression of both fans and the press. Your input would be essential in obtaining the title 2001-02 for the Lisbon club.
In the summer of 2003 was played a friendly match between Sporting and Manchester United, on the occasion of the inauguration of the stadium José Alvalade. Cristiano Ronaldo developed in that game a game so exceptional that it dazzled colleagues and rivals; among them, the coach of Manchester, who managed his club to sign Christian by 18 million euros. This operation coincided with the sale of David Beckham to Real Madrid captain, so the entry of Ronaldo to the traditional English club was the expectation of a replacement in the figure of a successor.
Already in his first year at Manchester United marked the first goal that would lead to his club to the top of the English in the final of the League; in its second season it tidier to be considered one of the best young players in the 2005 FIFPro, scoring the goal number 1,000 of Manchester United in the Premier League in October of that year. In 2006-07 was the second leading scorer with as many 17. At the end of the season, his salary was already around the 4.2 million euros annually.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese player had developed a huge catalogue of technical resources: a Freekick shocking, impeccable and unpredictable even to the most prestigious goalkeepers; a desequilibrante speed in the plays; a portentous domain of the head shots. The thus formed his renowned profile of fearsome front, even at great distance from the opposing goal. It appears by surprise from a second-row seat and overflows to your bookmarks with speed and quality; draw sudden diagonal and is an expert in top standing changed (attack by the right and top it off with the left foot, and vice versa).
It was of course in the English ensemble where he attained his consecration and to the length of all six seasons who remained in Manchester (2003-2009), contributed decisively to expand the palmares of the club (League, FA Cup and Champions), leaving an overwhelming top scorer repertoire that the Portuguese selection would also benefit. The 2007-2008 season ended with a new record of Ronaldo (CR7, as he wants to be known), to beat the record of goals in a season which was a George Best (32 targets). You Portuguese star scored 42 as many, 31 of them in the League. In May 2008, the Manchester played the final of the Champions League against Chelsea; Ronaldo scored the goal which meant the tie in the regular minutes, but failed in the shootout. However, in a dramatic final, Manchester took the Cup to their windows.
With the shirt of Real Madrid
Their outstanding results earned him the Golden boot and posited it as the best candidate to win the Golden Ball (which it had resisted the previous year) and the FIFA World Player, against other talents such as the Argentine Leo Messi and Fernando Torres Spanish. Ronaldo managed "by a landslide" both awards, becoming the third Portuguese who received the Ballon d'Or (2 December 2008) awarded by the magazine France Football, after Eusebio and Luis Figo. On January 12, 2009 there were no surprises and the Portuguese crack was also FIFA World Player, who credited it as the best footballer on the planet according to the coaches and captains of selections from around the world. Christian scored 931 points, against the 678 and 203 of his immediate followers (Messi and Torres, respectively).
His sports profile had acquired unusual characteristics in the media, becoming a figure media. It was left to sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester Coach, but tie its shining star, wooed by other big European teams. In 2007 Real Madrid was interested in his transfer, offering the figure of 80 million euros, the largest of the story so far, but the player decided to renew contract with the English club until 2012.
In June 2009, after months of uncertainty that day after day the media threw their bets on the future of the player, Ferguson lost the battle. Christian decided to change aires and sign for Real Madrid, a club that had returned to entrust the Presidency to Florentino Perez to straighten the situation after several years of drought of titles and internal disagreements. And Florentino opted for a policy of clean clothing and signings of high-flying (Cristiano, Kaka, Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso). Only by the transfer of Christian it disbursed 94 million euros, the largest number ever paid for a player. The luso tab for five seasons and would annually receive 9 million euros NET.
On 6 June madness broke out in the stadium Santiago Bernabeu. The presentation of the player brought to 90,000 fans, who filled the bleachers shouting "Yes, Yes, Yes, Ronaldo is already here"; more than 600 journalists was credited for the occasion. And it is that the phenomenon of Cristiano Ronaldo had already crossed the borders of the sport and had also come to the pink press and marketing. He also would the policy, since the Congress of Deputies opened a debate about the bulky of the amount paid, in a year marked by a deep economic crisis.
Soon saw, however, that the multi-million dollar project of Florentino Perez did not give the expected results; the difficulty of uniting a team with so much star, white club had to add the spectacular form of rival time, the F. C. Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola hand lived a golden age and snatched him many titles to which they aspired. In the first three seasons with Cristiano Ronaldo in the front (2009-2012), the Madrid only won a title higher than League 2011-2012, and failed in his three attempts to win their 10th European Cup. Undoubtedly this was due more to sports approach that performance of its main star, since Cristiano Ronaldo followed proving its great value and improving year after year their goalscorers records, that always exceeded those achieved with Manchester. In the year 2011 took the trophy pichichi to the top scorer of the Spanish League, beating in addition, with its many 41, the historical record of the competition.