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Though Cristiano Ronaldo is still young and is in mid-career, he is renowned as one of the best players in the world. He has influenced many and is a large part of soccer history today.
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born to Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and Jose Dinez Aveiro in Madeira, Portugal on February 5, 1985. His mother named him Ronaldo after the US president, Ronald Reagan, and he bears no relation to the Brazilian forward, Ronaldo.
Young Ronaldo's talent was very aperant even from a young age. By the time he was 10 years old he had been accepted into the CD Nacional Madeira youth team. He quickly rose to being one of the top players in the league. By the time he was 12 years old he was considered the best player on the team.
At the age of 15 Cristiano Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart. This threatened to end his soccer playing entirely. When this information reached the sporting staff, they authorized Ronaldo's mother to take him in for surgery. Fortunately, the surgery was successful and he was back to training within a short period.
Ronaldo's immense skill had now begun to draw the attention of scouts from multiple large soccer clubs such as Porto and Boavista. Liverpool considered bringing him in, but decided against it, reasoning that he was still too young and needed more experience.
Cristiano Ronaldo was then taken into Sporting Alcochete youth academy. He became the first player ever to play on the U-16, U-17, U-18, B-team, and first team all in the same season.
After a 3-1 win for Sporting against Manchester United, Sir Alex Furguson, the manager of Manchester United, decided that Cristiano Ronaldo would be a large contribution to the club and signed him on as the first Portuguese player for the club.
Once on the team, Ronaldo requested the number 28, because he wore this number on the Sporting team. However, Furguson insisted on giving him the number 7 which had been worn by many other highly experienced players such as Eric Cantona and David Bekham.
Not long after joining the club, Ronaldo's sportsmanship was questioned as he encouraged the referee to give fellow Manchester player Wayne Rooney a red card during the 2006 world cup.
This may have hurt his popularity, but he quickly won back the fans by winning seven major awards in 2007:
At this time, rumors were circulating that Cristiano Ronaldo was considering trying to join a different soccer club. Nevertheless, he signed a five year extension of £31 million with Manchester United on April 13, 2007.
However, on June 26, 2009, Manchester United signed Ronaldo over to Real Madrid for £80 million when he expressed a desire to leave the club.
Christiano Ronaldo now plays for Real Madrid and is one of the most well known players in the world.