At 39 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo has this physical status:
Cristiano Ronaldo definates Santos Aveiro Costa Rica (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team.
Ronaldo has been named the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the top players of all time, as well as four European Golden Shoes, five of which are first records for a European player.
He has won 29 medals in his career, including six league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League.
Ronaldo, a prolific goalscorer, holds the record for most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League (128) as well as the joint record for most goals scored in the UEFA European Championship (1990).
Ronaldo, who was born on the Portuguese island of Madeira, was diagnosed with a racing heart at age 15.
He underwent an operation to fix his illness and started his senior club career with Sporting CP before moving to Manchester United at age 18 in 2003.
Cristiano Ronaldo Santos Aveiro was born in Funchal, the Portuguese island of Madeira's capital, and grew up in Santo Anto's nearby parish. José Dinis Aveiro, a cook and part-time kit man, is Maria Dolores da Aveiro's fourth and youngest child. Isabel da Piedade, his great-grandmother on his father's side, was from the island of So Vicente, Cape Verde. Hugo, his older brother, and two older sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia, are among his three siblings. His mother confessed to wanting to abort him due to poverty, alcoholism, and having too many children already, but her doctor refused to perform the operation. Ronaldo grew up in an impoverished Catholic Christian family house, sharing a room with all his siblings.
Ronaldo played for Andorinha from 1992 to 1995, where his father was the kit guy, and then spent two years with Nacional. He appeared on Sporting CP in 1997, aged 12, and was sentenced to £1,500. He migrated from Madeira to Alcochete, near Lisbon, to attend Sporting's youth academy. Ronaldo believed he had the ability to play semi-professionally by age 14, and he and his mother decided against focusing solely on football. Despite being popular with other students at school, he was banned after throwing a chair at his teacher, who had "disrespected" him. He had tachycardia one year ago, a condition that may have compelled him to stop playing football. Ronaldo underwent heart surgery, where a laser was used to cauterise multiple cardiac pathways into a single vessel, lowering his resting heart rate. He was released from the hospital just hours after the procedure and resumed training a few days later.
Ronaldo has six children. He began as a father to a son, who was born in the United States on June 17th. He said he has full custody of the child and would not reveal the identity of the mother per a deal with her. Ronaldo's five-year relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk came to an end in January 2015.
Ronaldo was born in the United States by surrogacy on June 8, 2017. Georgina Rodrez, an Argentine-born model who gave birth to a daughter on November 12, 2017, is currently in a relationship. In 2022, the two couples were planning their second pair of twins. Although the male twin died during childbirth, the female twin survived. José Perez, Ronaldo's father, died of an alcohol-related liver disease at the age of 52 in September 2005, when Ronaldo was 20.
Ronaldo has stated that he does not drink alcohol and he was libel punished because of a Daily Mirror article about him heavily drinking in a nightclub while recovering from an injury in July 2008. He also does not have tattoos as he regularly donates blood and bone marrow.
Ronaldo has been involved with various charitable causes throughout his life. A video of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami showed an eight-year-old boy survivor named Martunis wearing a Portuguese football shirt who had been stranded for 19 days after his family was killed. Following this, Ronaldo went to Aceh, Indonesia, to raise funds for rehabilitation and reconstruction. Ronaldo donated the funds to a charity in Madeira after being disappointed with undisclosed harm from a libel lawsuit involving The Sun newspaper in 2008. Ronaldo donated £100,000 to the hospital that saved his mother's life in Madeira following his battle with cancer in 2009 so that they could build a cancer center on the island. Ronaldo has pledged to participate in a charity match in Madeira between Primeira Liga club Porto and players from Martimo and Nacional in aid of the victims of the 2010 Madeira flood.
Ronaldo and his agent paid for specialist care for a nine-year-old Canarian boy with apparent terminal cancer in 2012. Ronaldo joined FIFA's "11 for Health" programme in December 2012 to educate children of how to avoid problems such as heroin use, HIV, malaria, and obesity. Ronaldo was the Children's new Global Artist Ambassador in January 2013, a position in which he hopes to combat childhood hunger and obesity. Ronaldo accepted to represent The Mangrove Care Forum in Indonesia in March 2013, an organization that aims to raise mangrove conservation concerns.
After the earthquake in Nepal that killed over 8,000 people, Ronaldo was named the world's most charitable sportsperson in 2015. Ronaldo earned the entire amount of his €600,000 Champions League bonus in June 2016, after Real Madrid defeated Real Madrid in the Champions League. Ronaldo introduced CR7Selfie, a selfie app for charity that would benefit Save the Children, that encourages participants to take a selfie with him in one of many outfits and poses in August.
Ronaldo was charged with fraudulently evading almost €15 million in tax between 2011 and 2014, a charge he denied at the time. Ronaldo was given a two-year suspended prison term and fined €18.8 million in June 2018, which was later reduced to €16.8 million after reaching an agreement with Spanish authorities. The sentence can be served on probation, without any prison time, as long as he does not re-offend.
After two women brought a 2005 rape allegation, the British Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted Ronaldo and another man. The two women pleaded for their accusation within days, and Scotland Yard later released a statement claiming that there was no reason for a trial.
The Las Vegas Police Department had reportedly charged Ronaldo with harassment of a woman in 2009. Ronaldo paid a woman US$375,000 in a non-disclosure agreement, according to documents obtained by Ronaldo's lawyers. Ronaldo and his attorneys released a lengthy statement denying all allegations, referring to them as a "intentional defamation campaign" with portions of the story "altered and/or completely fabricated," which Der Spiegel denied. Prosecutors in Las Vegas announced in July that they did not sue Ronaldo on rape charges because the charges of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be established beyond a reasonable doubt." In September 2018, the same woman filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada alleging Ronaldo of rape. In 2021, the Daily Mirror, citing legal documents, reported that Ronaldo suffered £56 million in damages. Federal magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts ordered that the trial be dismissed in October 2021, finding that Leslie Stovall, the woman's counsel, "acted in bad faith" by requesting, obtaining, and using Football Leaks records to sue the case, despite the papers containing "privileged communications" between Ronaldo and his lawyers. In addition, Albregts reported that no evidence of Ronaldo's lawyers having "intimidated [the woman] or impeded law enforcement" was discovered during her 2010 deal. The woman's rape case was dismissed with prejudice in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada's June 2022, as district judge Jennifer A. Dorsey found that Stovall's repeated use of "cyber-hacked attorney-privileged documents" was "protests and flagrant circumvention of the correct litigation process.
Ronaldo was promoted from Sporting's youth team by first-team coach László Bölöni, who was impressed with his dribbling at age 16. He was later identified as the first player to play for the club's under-16, under-17, and under-18 teams, as well as the first team and the first team, all within a single season. Ronaldo made his Premiership debut against Braga on September 29, 2002, and the Threerenses won by two goals against Moreirense on October 7, 2002. His agents recommended the player to Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier and Barcelona president Joan Laporta over the course of the 2002–03 season. Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager who was keen on signing Ronaldo, met with him in November to discuss a potential transfer.
After Sporting defeated United 3–1 at the inauguration of the Estádio José Alvalade in August 2003, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was determined to take Ronaldo on a permanent basis. United had intended to sign Ronaldo and loan him back to Sporting for a year. Ferguson was compelled to sign him after being impressed by him. Ferguson decided to pay Sporting £12.24 million for what he described as "one of the most exciting young players" he had ever seen after the game. Sporting honoured Ronaldo for becoming their 100,000th member a decade after his departure from the club in April 2013.
Ronaldo's move to Manchester United was completed on August 12, 2003, too late for the 2003 FA Community Shield, but the team's first Portuguese player to sign for the club, making him the first Portuguese player to play for the club. His transfer fee made him, at the time, the most expensive teenager in English football history. Despite receiving the number 28, which had previously been worn by such United players as George Best, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham, he was given the squad number 7. Ronaldo's wearing the number 7 became an additional source of encouragement. Ferguson, of whom he later said, "He's been my father in sport, one of the most important and influential factors in my career," was a determining factor in his growth during his time in England.
Ronaldo made his return to action as a substitute in a 4–0 home win over Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League on August 16, 2003, and he received a standing ovation as he came on for Nicky Butt. Best praised his performance as "probably the most exciting debut" he had ever seen, according to Best. In a 3–0 victory over Portsmouth on 1 November, Ronaldo scored his first goal for Manchester United with a free kick. In the second half of the season, three more league goals followed, the last of which came against Aston Villa on the final day of the season, when he also earned his first red card of his career. Ronaldo scored the first goal in United's 3–0 victory over Millwall in the 2004 FA Cup Final, earning his first trophy in English football. Alan Hansen, a BBC pundit, referred to him as the ultimate winner. Ronaldo's "elaborate" step-overs in beating opponents had been criticized by the British press, but teammate Gary Neville said he wasn't a show pony, but the true thing" and that he'd become a world-class player.
Ronaldo scored United's 1,000th Premier League goal on October 29, 2004, their only goal in a 4–1 loss to Middlesbrough. He signed a new deal with the club a few weeks after his previous deal was extended by two years to 2010. Ronaldo played two of his best games of the 2004-05 season, including a goal and an assist against Aston Villa and scoring twice against Arsenal rivals Arsenal. He participated in the whole 120 minutes of the 2005 FA Cup Final against Arsenal, which resulted in a goalless draw; although Ronaldo scored his attempt in the penalty shoot-out, United lost 5–4. Ronaldo scored his second trophy in English football, the Football League Cup, after scoring his third goal in United's 4–0 victory over Wigan Athletic.
Ronaldo was involved in many incidents in England during his third season. In the Manchester derby (a 3-1 loss) for kicking Manchester City's former United City player Andy Cole, UEFA had a one-match suspension for a "one-fingered gesture" toward Benfica fans. Ronaldo clashed with Ruud van Nistelrooy, a teammate, who took aim at the winger's showboating style of play. Ronaldo, who was involved in an incident with club colleague Wayne Rooney being suspended, has requested a transfer, despite the club's lack of help following the incident. United deny that he would leave the club.
Despite Ronaldo's World Cup debut with Rooney, it was his first Premier League title and his first Premier League title in his career, as he broke the 20-goal barrier for the first time and captured his first Premier League crown. René Meulensteen's one-to-one training was instrumental in this success. He taught him to be more flexible, enhance his teamwork, call for the ball, and focus on goalscoring goals rather than waiting for the chance to reach the visually pleasing goals for which he was already known. At the end of December, he scored three braces against Aston Villa (a victory that put United on top of the table), Wigan and Reading. In November and December, Ronaldo was named Premier League Player of the Month, becoming only the third player to be rewarded in consecutive honors.
Ronaldo scored twice in his 30th game in the UEFA Champions League, scoring twice in a 7–1 victory over Roma in the quarter-final stage of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League. He scored four minutes into the first semi-final leg against Milan, resulting in a 3–2 victory, but United lost 3–0 at the San Siro. He also aided United in qualifying for the 2007 FA Cup final, but he lost in 1–0 defeat to Chelsea in the final. United defeated their first league title in four years after Ronaldo scored the only goal in the Manchester derby on May 5th (his 50th goal for the club). He has accumulated a number of personal awards for the season as a result of his appearances. He received the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year, Fans' Player, and Young Player of the Year awards, as well as the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award, making him the first person to win all four main PFA and FWA awards. As part of a five-year contract extension, his wages were also increased to £120,000 a week. Ronaldo was named runner-up to Kaká for the 2007 Ballon d'Or and came third, behind Kaká and Lionel Messi, in the competition for the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year award.
In a 6–0 victory over Newcastle United on January 12, 2008, Ronaldo scored his first (and only until 2022) hat-trick for United, propelling the team to the top of the league table. He captained United for the first time in a home victory over Bolton on 19 March and scored both goals in a 2–0 victory. His second goal of the season was his 33rd of the season, surpassing George Best's total of 32 goals in the 1967–68 season, thereby setting the club's new single-season record by a midfielder. His 31 league titles earned him the Premier League Golden Boot as well as the European Golden Shoe, making him the first winger to win the latter award. For the second straight year, he received the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards. Ronaldo scored the decisive goal against Lyon, which helped United progress to the quarter-finals 2–1 on aggregate; while playing as a striker, he scored with a header in the 3–0 aggregate victory over Roma. United defeated Chelsea in Moscow, where, despite the equalizer's loss and his penalty kick being saved in the shoot-out, the team was victorious. Ronaldo was named the best scorer in the Champions League and named the top footballer of the year by the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year.
Ronaldo's most prolific campaign in England during his time in England saw him score 42 goals in all competitions during the 2007–08 season. He missed three games after headbutting a Portsmouth player at the start of the season, an experience that he said taught him not to let opponents provoke him. Ronaldo's aspirations of moving to Real Madrid, United Kingdom, had lodged a tampering lawsuit with governing body FIFA over Madrid's suspected murder of their player, but they refused to take action. Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, said the player should be allowed to leave his club, referring to the situation as "modern slavery." Despite Ronaldo's publicly supporting Blatter, he stayed at United for another year.
Ronaldo underwent ankle surgery on July 7th, which kept him out of action for ten weeks. In a 5–0 victory over Stoke City on November 15, he scored his 100th goal in all competitions for United, including the first two free kicks. That means he had scored against all 19 opposition teams in the Premier League at the time. Ronaldo played a key role in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, assassinating the final-winning goal against Liga de Quito and winning the Silver Ball in the process. Ronaldo was the first Premier League player to be named Player of the Year in 2008 after winning the Ballon d'Or and 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year for the first time since Best in 1968.
His match-winning goal against Porto, a 40-yard penalty, earned him the inaugural FIFA Puskás Award, which was later named by FIFA in recognition of the year's best goal; he later said it was the best goal he had ever scored. United defeated Barcelona 2–0 in the final, where he had no influence on United's 2–0 loss to Barcelona. Ronaldo played in England for nine trophies as United defeated their third consecutive league title and a Football League Cup, as United claimed their third straight league crown and a Football League Cup. In four more appearances, he ended the year with 26 goals in all competitions, and 16 goals less than the previous season. In the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on May 10, 2009, his last goal for United came after a free kick.
Ronaldo signed Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee at the time, £80 million (€94 million) ahead of the 2009–2010 season. His deal, which ran until 2015, was worth €11 million a year and included a €1 billion buy-out clause. At least 80,000 people attended his Santiago Bernabéu speech, beating the 25-year record of 75,000 fans who had welcomed Diego Maradona at Napoli. Ronaldo received the number 9 shirt, which was gifted to him by former Madrid player Alfredo Di Stéfano since club captain Raul already wore the number 7 (the number Ronaldo wore at United).
Ronaldo scored a penalty against Deportivo La Corua on August 29th, his first appearance in La Liga, as a result of a 3–2 home win. He scored in each of his first four league games, becoming the first Madrid player to do so. In the first group match against Zürich, he scored his first Champions League goals for the team as well as two free kicks. His good start to the season was interrupted in October after he sustained an ankle injury while on international service, which kept him sidelined for seven weeks. In a match against Almera, he received his first red card in Spain a week after his return. Ronaldo came second in the 2009 Ballon d'Or and the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year awards, second behind Messi. He finished the season with 33 goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick in a 4–1 victory over Mallorca on May 5th, his first in La Liga, and Real Madrid's top goalscorer of the season. Despite Ronaldo's help in the league's record of 96 points, he did not win a trophy in his first season.
Ronaldo was given the number 7 shirt for Madrid before Ral's retirement in the 2010-2011 season. For the first time in his career, he scored four goals in a single match against Racing Santander on October 23, 2010. Ronaldo's subsequent hat-tricks against Athletic Bilbao, Levante, Villarreal, and Málaga. Despite his efforts, he did not make the top three in the inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or's inaugural. Ronaldo scored twice against Barcelona in April 2011, securing his personal record of 42 goals in all competitions. Despite failing to score in either leg of the Champions League semi-finals as Madrid was disqualified, he returned from the penalty spot in the return league game and scored the match-winning goal in the 2011 Copa del Rey Final, winning his first trophy in Spain. In the last match of the season against Almera, his two goals made him the first player in La Liga to score 40 goals. Ronaldo won the European Golden Shoe for the second time in addition to the Pichichi Trophy, becoming the first player to win the competition in different leagues.
Ronaldo set a new personal record of 60 goals in all competitions during the following season. After scoring hat-tricks against Real Zaragoza, Rayo Vallecano, Málaga, Osasuna, and Sevilla, the last of which put Madrid at the top of the league at the season's midway point, he finished runners-up to Messi in the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or tournament. Ronaldo's team has had more success in the league, winning Madrid's first league title in four years with a record 100 points. Madrid defeated Barcelona 5-2 on March 24, 2012, his 100th league victory for Madrid since being hat-trick in a trick against Levante. He scored his 100th league goal against Barcelona in a 5-1 victory over Real Sociedad on March 24, 2012, a record held by Ferenc Puskás in just 92 matches over three seasons. In the Madrid derby against Atlético Madrid, he scored his third goal in the league, equaling his record from the previous season. His final La Liga goal of the season, against Mallorca, brought his total score to 46 goals, four shy of Messi's new record, although he became the first player to score against all 19 opposition teams in a single La Liga season.
Ronaldo won the 2012 Supercopa de Espaa, his third trophy in Spain, on his third attempt in the 2012-19 season. Following a 4–4 aggregate draw against Barcelona, Madrid defeated Madrid on away goals with a goal in each leg. Although Ronaldo openly stated that he was dissatisfied with a "professional problem" within the club, triggered by his refusal to celebrate his 150th goal for Madrid, his goalscoring percentage didn't suffer. In a 4–1 victory over Ajax, he scored his first hat-trick in the Champions League, including two penalties, against Deportivo. In a 2–2 draw at Camp Nou, four days later, he became the first player to score in six consecutive Clásicos. Ronaldo was voted second in the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or race, behind four-time champion Messi.
Ronaldo captained Madrid for the first time in a official match after the 2012-2013 winter break, scoring twice to lift 10-man Madrid to a 4–3 win over Sociedad on 6 January. In El Clasico, he became the first non-Spanish player in 60 years to captain Madrid, marking his 500th club appearance. He had scored his 300th club goal against Getafe three days before. In a 6–2 victory over Málaga on May 8, he scored his 200th goal for Madrid, beating the record in 197 games. He helped Madrid win the 2013 Copa del Rey Final by scoring twice in El Clásico's sixth successive match in which he scored, a club record. He was leading the way towards an eventual 2–1 loss to Atlético in the final, but was warned of harsh behavior. Ronaldo faced his old club Manchester United for the first time in the Champions League's first knockout round. In a 2–1 win on his first return to Old Trafford, he scored the equalizer in a 1–1 draw at home. He did not celebrate scoring against his former club as a mark of honor. Despite winning by 2–0 in the second leg and scoring three goals against Galataray in the quarters, he scored Madrid's only goal in the 4–1 away loss to Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals.
Ronaldo's first contract in 2013-2014 began with a new deal that extended his tenure by three years to 2018, earning him briefly as the nation's highest-paid player. Gareth Bale, a winger for Barcelona, was brought to the club by a €100 million transfer fee, much more than the fee Madrid had paid for Ronaldo four years ago. They formed an attacking trio with the British Broadcasting Corporation, together with striker Karim Benzema, and Cristiano. Ronaldo had scored 32 goals from 22 games for both club and country, including hat-tricks against Galataray, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Northern Ireland, and Sweden by late November. He scored 69 goals in 59 appearances in 2013, his highest year-end goal total number. For the first time in his career, he received the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or, which is a blending of the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Ronaldo's greatest team win in Spain to date, as he aided Madrid win La Décima, their tenth European Cup victory, as well as their personal achievement. Messi's goal in a 3–0 home victory over Dortmund (his 100th Champions League game) increased his season total to 14 goals, equaling the record set two years ago. He scored from the penalty spot in the 120th minute of the 4–1 final victory over Atlético, becoming the first player to score in two European Cup finals for two separate champion teams after hitting a brace. His overall result in the final was subdued due to patellar tendinitis and strained hamstring pains that had plagued him for the past three months. Ronaldo was in the final against medical advice later, saying, "You do not win without sacrifices and you must take risks." For the third time, he was named Europe's Best Player with a record 17 goals.
Ronaldo played a role in the Copa del Rey by winning two points against Atlético at the Vicente Calderón, the first of which saw him score in every single minute of a 90-minute football match. He was unable to participate in the final due to his knee and thigh pains, causing him to miss the final, where Madrid defeated Barcelona 2–1 to claim the trophy. Ronaldo scored 31 goals in 30 league games, earning him the Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe, with Liverpool striker Luis Suárez receiving the latter award together. In 653 appearances for club and country, including his 400th goal, including a brace against Celta Vigo on January 6, he dedicated his hopes to compatriot Eusébio, who had died two days before. Ronaldo was named the Best Player of the Season by the Liga Nacional de Ftbol Profesional, who also named him as the Best Player in La Liga on May 4th (his 50th goal in all competitions).
Ronaldo set a new personal record of 61 goals during Madrid's 2–0 victory over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup in 2014. With 15 goals in the first eight rounds, he got off to a good start in a league campaign. His 23rd La Liga hat-trick scored against Celta Vigo on Dec. 6th, making him the fastest player to reach 200 goals in La Liga, scoring his first match in 178th matches. Ronaldo won the 2014 Ballon d'Or, joined Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Marco van Basten as a three-time winner after winning the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup. Madrid finished in second place in La Liga and was disqualified at the semi-final stage of the Champions League. Ronaldo's scoring in the latter competition extended his streak of scoring away to a record 12 matches against Schalke 04, who won by 2–0. In the semi-finals against Juventus, where Madrid defeated Madrid 3–2 on aggregate, he scored both of his team's goals. He scored ten goals for his third straight season, as well as Messi and Neymar. He scored five goals in a game for the first time in his career, including an eight-minute hat-trick in a 9–1 loss of Granada on April 5th. In a 2–0 victory over Rayo Vallecano three days later, his 300th goal for his club came three days later. The subtricks against Sevilla, Espanyol, and Getafe all had their number of hat-tricks for Madrid, beating Di Stéfano's club record of 28. He scored 48 goals in his second straight Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe for the second time in a row.
Ronaldo made the club's all-time top scorer debut in his seventh season with Madrid, 2015–16 season. In a 6–0 away win over Espanyol on September 12th, his five-goal haul in La Liga boosted his tally in 203 games to 230 goals, surpassing the club's previous record holder, Ral. He crossed Ral twice in a 3–0 loss to Levante at the Bernabéu on October 17th, raising his overall score for the club to 324 goals. Ronaldo also finished the season with a hat-trick in the first group match against Shakhtar Donetsk, finishing on 77 goals in the Champions League. In a 2–0 away victory on September 30th, Malmö FF saw him reach his first goal in his career for club and country. He later became the first person to score double figures in the tournament's group stage, leading to the record of 11 goals against Malmö, which included another four-goal haul.
Ronaldo's four goals in a 7-1 home win over Celta de Vigo on March 5, 2016, bringing his total score to 252 goals in La Liga, surpassing Messi. He scored a hat-trick against VfL Wolfsburg, advancing his team to the Champions League semi-finals. The treble led the game to 16 goals, making him the top scorer for the fourth straight season and fifth overall. Ronaldo's effort in the final against Atlético in a repeat of the 2014 final, despite apparent fitness problems, although his penalty gave Madrid's 11th victory. He scored over 50 goals in all leagues this year for the sixth year in a row. For his performances during the season, he was named Best Player in Europe for the second time.
Ronaldo did not appear in Madrid's first three matches of the 2016–17 season, as he began to recover the knee injury he suffered against France in the Euro 2016 final. Ronaldo did not celebrate his late free kick equalizer against Sporting CP in the Champions League on September 15th, with Ronaldo referring to the match as "they made me who I am." His deal was updated for the second time and extended by three years to 2021 on November 7th. In a 3–0 away victory over Atlético on November 19, he scored a hat-trick, making him the all-time top scorer in the Madrid derby with 18 goals. Ronaldo scored his 500th club goal in a 2–0 victory over Club América in the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals. In the 4–2 victory over Japanese club Kashima Antlers in the final, he then scored a hat-trick. Ronaldo was also named Player of the tournament after finishing the tournament as the top scorer with four goals. He claimed the 2016 Ballon d'Or, his fourth, and the inaugural 2016 The Best FIFA Men's Player, a tribute to the former FIFA World Player of the Year, largely due to Portugal's success in winning Euro 2016.
Ronaldo scored both goals in a 2–1 away victory over Bayern in April, making him the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA club competition. Ronaldo scored a 'perfect' hat-trick and scored his 100th Champions League goal, becoming the first player to do so after Madrid defeated Bayern 4–2 after extra time. Madrid defeated Atlético 3-1 in the Champions League semi-final first leg on May 2nd, Ronaldo scored another hat-trick as Madrid defeated Atlético 3–0. Ronaldo defeated Jimmy Greaves as the top scorer in the top five European leagues on Saturday, scoring twice against Celta de Vigo. He had 42 goals in all competitions as he helped Madrid win their first La Liga title since 2012. Ronaldo scored two goals in a 4–1 victory over Juventus, giving him his fifth goalscorer for the fifth straight season (sixth overall) as well as the first player to score in three finals in the Champions League history. Madrid was also the first team to win back-to-back finals in the Champions League era.
Ronaldo scored Madrid's second goal in the 80th minute of a 3–1 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of the 2017 Supercopa de Espaa at Camp Nou; however, he was dismissed two minutes later and missed the second leg. For the second year in a row, his performances throughout 2017 earned him the Best FIFA Men's Player award. He became the first player to score in all six Champions League group stage games with a curling strike at home to Dortmund on December 6th. Ronaldo won the 2017 Ballon d'Or, his fifth time award on Paris' Eiffel Tower. Madrid defeated Grêmio in the final on December 16th, scoring a free kick winner. In a 3–1 home victory over Getafe on March 3, 2018, he scored his first goal in his 300th La Liga appearance and only the second player to do so after Messi. In a 6–3 victory over Girona on 18 March, he reached his 50th career hat-trick by scoring four goals.
Ronaldo scored the first two goals in a 3–0 away win over Juventus in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League's quarter-finals, with his second goal being an acrobatic bicycle kick. With Ronaldo's foot nearly 7 feet (7.31 m) off the ground, the defender's goal, Andrea Barzagli, received a standing ovation from the stadium's fans as well as a slew of accolades from peers, pundits, and coaches. He scored in the second leg at home to Juventus on April 11, completing Madrid's 98th-minute injury time penalty in a 3–1 loss, making them lose 4–3 on aggregate. It was his tenth goal against Juventus, a Champions League record against a single team. Madrid defeated Liverpool 3–1 in the final on May 26th, the first player to do so. For the sixth straight season, he was the top scorer of the tournament, scoring 15 goals. Ronaldo referred to his time with Madrid in the recent past as tense, sparking rumors that he might leave the club.
Ronaldo completed a four-year deal with Juventus on July 10, 2018, after months of trying to find a new Real Madrid deal, which included an additional €12 million in other fees and solidarity to Ronaldo's youth clubs. The transfer was the highest paid by an Italian club for a player over 30 years old, and the highest paid by an Italian club. Ronaldo cited his desire for a new challenge as his justification for leaving Madrid, but later attributed the transfer to the lack of help he felt was shown by club president Florentino Pérez.
Ronaldo made his debut against ChievoVerona on August 18th in a 3–2 away victory. Ronaldo scored his first two goals for Juventus in his fourth appearance in a 2–1 home victory over Sassuolo in Serie A on September 16th; his second was his 400th league goal of his career. In his first Champions League match for Juventus, he was disqualified in the 29th minute for "violent conduct" — his first red card in 154 tournament appearances. Ronaldo became the first person to win 100 Champions League matches, setting up Mario Manduki's winner in a 1–0 home victory over Valencia, which guaranteed Juventus's passage to the knock-out stages of the tournament. He scored his tenth league goal of the season in December in a 3–0 away victory over Fiorentina. For the second time in three years, after Luka Modri's success in 2018, Ronaldo's first place in third, runner-up for the 2018 Ballon d'Or, placing him second behind his former Real Madrid teammate. Ronaldo scored his first trophy with the club on January 16, 2019 — the 2018 Supercoppa Italiana — after scoring the only goal from a header against AC Milan.
Ronaldo scored in a 3–0 victory over Sassuolo in his ninth away game in which he had scored in the league, defeating Giuseppe Signori's single season away games with at least one goal. Ronaldo won by a hat-trick in a 3–0 home victory over Atlético in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, helping Juventus overcome a two-goal deficit to advance to the quarter-finals on March 12th. Ronaldo scored his 125th goal in the tournament's first leg against Ajax on April 10th, opening the scoring in a 1–1 away draw. He scored the first goal in Turin's second leg on April 16th, but Juventus lost the match 2–1 and were eliminated from the tournament, but Juventus did not qualify. Ronaldo appeared in the scudetto clinching match against Fiorentina on April 20th, becoming the first player to win league titles in England, Spain, and Italy. He scored his 600th club goal in a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan's Derby d'Italia rivals Inter Milan on Saturday. Ronaldo won the inaugural Serie A award for Most Valuable Player, with 21 goals and 8 assists.
Ronaldo scored his first goal of the 2019-2021 season in a 4–3 home win over Napoli in Serie A on August 31, 2019. He came in 3rd place for the Best FIFA Men's Player Award on September 23rd. He scored in a 14th consecutive Champions League group stage victory over Bayer Leverkusen on October 1st, equalizing Ral and Messi's record; he tied Iker Casillas' record for the most Champions League victories of all time and tied for many Champions League records against 33 different opponents. He equalled Paolo Maldini as the second most capped player in UEFA club competitions with 174 appearances on Sunday. Ronaldo soared to 8 ft 5 in (2.57 m), the highest than the crossbar, to head the winning goal in a 2–1 away victory over Sampdoria. In a 4–0 home win over Cagliari, Ronaldo scored his first Serie A hat-trick on January 6, 2020. He became only the second player after Alexis Sánchez to score hat-tricks in the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A for his 56th career hat-trick. In a 3–0 home victory over Fiorentina on February 2, he scored twice from the penalty spot, equaling David Trezeguet's club record of scoring in nine straight league games, but he scored in his tenth league game, a 2–1 loss to Hellas Verona. Ronaldo scored in his 11th straight league game alongside Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella in what was his 1,000th senior appearance, a 2–1 away win over SPAL on February 22nd.
In a 2–0 away victory over Bologna on June 22, he scored a penalty, defeating Rui Costa to become the highest scoring Portuguese player in Serie A history. He scored his 25th league goal of the season on July 4th, beating Torino 4-1, becoming the first Juventus player to reach this milestone since Omar Svori in 1961; his first goal for the club since 43 attempts. Ronaldo scored twice in a 2–1 home win over Lazio on July 20th; his first goal was his 50th in Serie A. After Gunnar Nordahl, he became the second fastest player to reach this milestone, as the first player to reach 50 goals in Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A. He also scored 30 league goals for the season with his brace, becoming only the third player (after Felice Borel in 1934 and John Hansen in 1952) in Juventus's history to reach that milestone in a season. In addition,, he was the youngest player to score over 30 goals in one of the top European leagues since Ronnie Rooke with Arsenal in 1948. Ronaldo scored the opening goal in a 2–0 home win over Sampdoria on July 26, which saw Juventus crowned Serie A champions for the ninth time in a row. With 31 goals, he finished his second league season, beating only European Golden Shoe winner Ciro Immobile with 36 goals. Ronaldo scored a brace against Lyon in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, where he had scored 37 goals in all competitions for the second season; the tally allowed him to beat Borel's record of 36 goals in a single season. Despite the victory, the tie ended 2–2 on aggregate, and Juventus was barred from the competition on the away goals rule.
Ronaldo scored in Juventus's first league match of the season on September 20, 2020, defeating Sampdoria 3–0. He returned from COVID-19 to action against Spezia on November 1st, with a first three minutes off the bench and scoring within the first three minutes before scoring a second goal from the penalty spot in an eventual 4–1 away victory. He scored a goal against Dynamo Kyiv in a Champions League group stage match on December 2nd, his 750th senior goal. Ronaldo played his 100th match in all competitions against Juventus on December 13, scoring two goals in a 3–1 victory over Genoa in the league, raising his goal totality to 79. Juventus won the 2020 Supercopa Italiana after beating Napoli 2–0, with Ronaldo scoring the first goal. He scored a goal in a 3–0 win over Spezia in his 600th league match on March 2nd, becoming the first player to score at least 20 goals in 12 seasons in Europe's top five leagues. In a 3–1 away victory over Cagliari on March 14, he scored his 57th career hat-trick. Ronaldo scored a goal in a 3–1 away victory over Sassuolo on May 12th, his 100th goal for Juventus in all competitions, making him the fastest Juventus player to do so. Ronaldo became the first player to win every major domestic championship in England, Spain, and Italy after winning the 2021 Coppa Italia Final on May 19th. Ronaldo finished the season with 29 league goals, receiving the Capocannoniere award for top goalscorer and the first footballer to finish as the top scorer in the English, Spanish, and Italian leagues.
Ronaldo played in the first game of the new season on the bench on August 22nd, beating Udinese 2–2 for a goal that was ruled out by VAR. Although boss Massimiliano Allegri said it was his decision due to Ronaldo's health, it came amid rumors that Ronaldo will leave the club before the transfer window closes, and Ronaldo will tell Allegri he had "no intention" of remaining a Juventus player, according to Allegri. Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes reached a verbal deal with Manchester City over personal terms on August 26, but the club pulled out of the contract the following day due to the total cost of the transfer. On the same day, it was announced that City's rivals, Manchester United, Ronaldo's former club, were in advanced negotiations to sign him, though former manager Alex Ferguson and several ex-teammates had been in contact with him to convince him to resign for United.
Manchester United announced that they had reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Ronaldo, but that needed to be determined on personal terms, visa, and medical. The transfer was announced as costing an initial £12.85 million, with a two-year deal plus an optional year, and was announced on August 31. After Edinson Cavani agreed to move to 21, Ronaldo was given the number 7 shirt. Following a switch, Ronaldo's shirt sales were reported to have beaten Messi after his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, defeating Messi.
Ronaldo scored the first two goals in a 4–1 league victory over Newcastle United on September 11th on his second appearance at Old Trafford. In United's 2–1 victory over Villarreal in the Champions League on September 29, he earned a last-minute winner, defeating Iker Casillas as the player with the most appearances in the competition on September 29. Ronaldo scored twice against Arsenal in a 3–2 home league victory on December 2, taking him past 800 top-level goals.
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a 3–2 win over Tottenham Hotspur, taking his total goal count to 807 in the process. He is regarded as the world's top goals scored in professional football, although the Football Association of the Czech Republic claims Josef Bican scored 821 goals. Ronaldo scored his 50th club hat-trick in a 3–2 victory over Norwich City on April 16th. In a 3–1 loss to Arsenal on April 23, he scored his 100th Premier League goal. Ronaldo was voted Premier League Player of the Month for April and was included in the Premier League Team of the Year, but after United finished in a disappointing sixth position and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League, he went trophyless for the first time since 2010.
Ronaldo, who had expressed a desire to leave United, was unable to join a team competing in the Champions League and was forced to join Sporting for the first time since 2002. Against Sheriff Tiraspol, he converted a penalty to make it 2–0, his first goal in the competition aged 37. Ronaldo scored his 700th goal at club level on October 9 against Everton. Ronaldo refused to be brought on as a replacement during a home game against Tottenham and then left the field before the full whistle; United boss Erik ten Hag punished him by withholding him from the squad for a upcoming match against Chelsea and separating him from the first team.
Ronaldo began his international career with Portugal under the age of 15. Ronaldo will represent the under-15, under-17, under-20, under-21, and under-23 national teams during his international youth careers, winning 34 youth caps and scoring 18 goals.
Ronaldo, 18, appeared for Portugal in a 1–0 victory over Kazakhstan on August 20, 2003, becoming a half-time substitute for Lu's Figo. He was later called up for UEFA Euro 2004, stayed in his home country, and scored his first international goal in a 2–1 group stage loss to eventual champions Greece, his eighth appearance for Portugal. Portugal defeated Portugal 2–1 after converting his penalty against England in a shoot-out in the quarter-finals. He was voted in the tournament's team, with two assists in lieu of his two goals.
Ronaldo was Portugal's second-best scorer in their qualification group for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, scoring seven goals. He scored his first World Cup goal against Iran with a penalty kick in Portugal's second match of the group stage during the tournament. Ronaldo was Portugal's youngest ever goalscorer at a World Cup finals age of 21 years and 132 days. Ronaldo was forced to leave early in Portugal's notoriously tumultuous round of 16 matches against the Netherlands after a tackle by Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz. Ronaldo accused Boulahrouz of intentionally aiming to hurt him after Portugal's 1–0 win, although he returned in time to play in the upcoming game. Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo's Manchester United teammate, was suspended for stamping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho in Portugal's quarter-finals against England. Although Rooney's suspension caused the red card to be purely due to Rooney's infraction, the English media speculated that Ronaldo might have influenced his decision by inciting defiance after which he was seen in replays winning over Portugal's bench following Rooney's dismissal. Ronaldo went on to score the crucial winning penalty during the shoot-out that sent Portugal into the semi-finals. Ronaldo was booed again after losing 1–0 to France in the semi-finals. The award was given to Lukas Podolski of Germany, citing his conduct as a factor in the decision. Ronaldo will represent Portugal in four qualifying games for Euro 2008 after the 2006 World Cup, scoring two goals in the process.
Ronaldo captained Portugal for the first time in a friendly game against Brazil on February 6, 2007, one day after his 22nd birthday, as requested by Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) president Carlos Silva, who had died two days earlier. For the first time in Euro 2008, he was given the number 7 shirt. Although he scored eight goals in the qualifier, the second most high figure in the tournament, he had only scored one goal, scoring the second goal of Portugal's third goal in the group stage match against the Czech Republic, and was named man of the match for his efforts. Portugal lost by a 3–2 loss to eventual finalists Germany in the quarterfinals.
Luiz Felipe Scolari was fired as coach by Carlos Queiroz, formerly the assistant manager at United, following Portugal's dismal showing at Euro 2008, and Luiz Felipe Scolari was promoted as coach by Carlos Queiroz, formerly the Portugal assistant manager. In July 2008, Queiroz named Ronaldo as the team's permanent captain. Ronaldo failed to score a single goal in the 2010 World Cup qualifying round, as Portugal barely escaped from the tournament after losing in a play-off win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. In all three matches, he was named man of the match against Ivory Coast, North Korea, and Brazil. In a 7-0 victory over North Korea, his first international goal in 16 months, his only aim of the tournament was achieved. In the round of 16, Portugal's World Cup came to a 1–0 loss against eventual champions Spain.
Ronaldo scored seven goals in Euro 2012, including two strikes against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the play-offs, sending Portugal to the tournament, where they were drawn in a "group of death." Ronaldo scored twice in the last group stage game against the Netherlands, resulting in a 2–1 victory. He scored a header in the quarter-finals against the Czech Republic, giving his team a 1–0 victory. He was named man of the match in both games against the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Portugal was eliminated in the penalty shoot-out after the semi-finals against Spain ended scoreless. Ronaldo did not take a penalty because he had been scheduled to take the empty fifth slot. Ronaldo "ordered" to take the last penalty, according to Nani, Ronaldo's current teammate. He was formerly included in the tournament's team as the joint top scorer with three goals, as well as five other players. p. 10. section 3.08 (p. 10), p. 10.
Ronaldo scored a total of eight goals in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. On October 17, 2012, a 1–1 draw against Northern Ireland earned him his 100th cap. He scored three times in a 15-minute victory over Northern Ireland on September 6, 2013 — his first international hat-trick. Ronaldo scored all four of the team's goals against Sweden, who were billed as a battle between Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovici after Portugal failed to qualify during the regular season. His hat-trick in the second leg brought his international total score to 47 goals, equaling Pauleta's record. Ronaldo later scored twice in a 5–1 friendly victory over Cameroon on March 5, 2014, becoming his country's all-time top scorer.
Despite suffering from patellar tendinitis and a related thigh injury, Ronaldo played in the tournament, potentially jeopardizing his future. Ronaldo later wrote: "I wish we had two or three Cristiano Ronaldos in the team," Ronaldo said. But we don't." Despite continuing doubts over his fitness and being compelled to abort workout twice, Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes of the first match against Germany, but was unable to prevent a 4–0 loss. He scored a late match-winning goal against Ghana after assisting with an injury-time 2–2 equalizer against the United States. His 50th international goal made him the first Portuguese player to play and score in three World Cups. Portugal was booted from the tournament at the end of the tournament due to a goal difference.
In the qualification for Euro 2016, Ronaldo scored five goals, including a hat-trick against Armenia. He scored 23 goals in the UEFA European Championship, as well as qualifying matches, over Armenia's on November 14, 2014, becoming the competition's all-time top scorer. Despite taking 20 shots on goal, Ronaldo was unable to convert his hopes in Portugal's draws against Iceland and Austria at the start of the tournament. With his 128th international appearance, he overtook Figo as Portugal's Most Capable Player, despite scoringless in the second half. Ronaldo made his first appearance in the tournament, scoring two goals in the last match of the group stage, a 3-3 draw against Hungary. Despite being third in their group behind Hungary and Iceland, his team qualified for the knockout round as a result of the competition's newly expanded format, despite not winning any of their games.
Ronaldo's only attempt on goal was parried by Croatia's goalkeeper Danijel Subazi to Ripesma's 1–0 win late in extra time in Portugal's first knockout game. He became the first player to compete in three European Championship semi-finals, after his team advanced past Poland on penalties, with Ronaldo scoring Portugal's first goal; he defeated Wales in a 2–0 victory over Wales, equaling Michel Platini as the competition's all-time top scorer with nine goals. Despite numerous treatments and attempts to play, Ronaldo was forced off after just 25 minutes against hosts France, and Quaresma replaced him. Portugal beat Portugal 1–0 after extra time after replacement Eder scored in the 109th minute, earning them a 1–0 victory. Ronaldo, the team's first champion in a major tournament, lifted the trophy. For the third time in his career, he was named in the team of the tournament as the joint second-highest goalscorer with three goals and three assists.
Ronaldo played his first professional match on his home island of Madeira on March 28, 2017, defeating Sweden 2–3 in the Estádio dos Barreiros following the Euro 2016 triumph. He tied for third-highest scoring European football with Miroslav Klose on 71 goals.
Ronaldo set up Quaresma's first goal in Portugal's first match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup against Mexico on June 17th, a 2–2 draw. In a 1–0 victory over hosts Russia three days later, he scored in a 1–0 victory. Ronaldo scored on a penalty in a 4–0 victory over New Zealand, which saw Portugal dominate their group and advance to the semi-finals of the competition, behind only Ferenc Puskás. In all three of Portugal's group stage matches, he was voted man of the match. Ronaldo left the game early; after Chile beat Portugal 3–0 on penalties, he was allowed to return home to be with his newborn children, but he missed Portugal's third-place play-off game in which Portugal defeated Mexico 2–1 after extra time.
Ronaldo won 5–1 over the Faroe Islands in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, with Pelé and equal Hussein Saeed scoring as the joint-highest goalscorer in international football with 78 goals. These goals increased his total score in the World Cup qualifiers to 14, equaling Predrag Mijatovi's record for the most goals scored in a single UEFA qualifying group, beating David Healy and Robert Lewandowski's record of 13 goals in a single UEFA qualifier campaign. Ronaldo's hat-trick led to his World Cup qualifying goals total of 29 goals, making him the highest scorer in UEFA qualifiers, ahead of Andriy Shevchenko and the top goalscorer in World Cup qualifying and finals matches combined with 32 goals, ahead of Miroslav Klose. Ronaldo later added to this tally by scoring a goal against Andorra in a 2–0 victory.
Ronaldo became the first player to score a hat-trick in a FIFA World Cup match on June 15, 2018, assisting Portugal in a 3–3 draw with Spain (his third goal, a 30-yard curling free kick with two minutes remaining) in their first match. In doing so, he became the first Portuguese player to score a goal in four World Cups and one of four players of any nationality to do so. Ronaldo scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Morocco on June 20th, snapping Pusk's record as the world's highest goalscorer with 85 international goals. Ronaldo missed a penalty in a tumultuous 1–1 draw that saw Portugal advance to the second round as group runners-up behind Spain in the final group match against Iran on June 25. Portugal was disqualified on June 30 after losing by 2–1 to Uruguay in the last 16 games. Ronaldo was chosen in the World Cup Dream Team for his participation in the tournament.
Ronaldo played for Portugal in the inaugural Nations League Finals in June 2019, but after the World Cup, he missed six international matches, including the entire league phase of the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League, but he also played for Portugal in the inaugural Nations League Finals. He scored a hat-trick against Switzerland in the semi-finals on June 5th. He became the first player to score in ten consecutive international tournaments, defeating the record held by Ghana's Asamoah Gyan. Portugal defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the final of the tournament four days later.
Ronaldo scored four goals in a 5–1 away victory over Lithuania in a Euro 2020 qualifier, beating Robbie Keane (23 goals) as the player with the most goals in the UEFA European Championship qualifying round, setting a new record with 25 goals. He also set a new record for scoring against the most national teams, 40 years old, while still completing his eighth international hat-trick. In his 974th senior career appearance, he scored his 700th senior career goal for club and country from the penalty spot, defeating Ukraine 2–1 away in a Euro 2020 qualifier. Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal in a 2–0 victory over Luxembourg on Saturday, boosting Portugal to qualify for Euro 2020. Ronaldo scored his 100th and 101st international goals in a 2–0 victory over Sweden in a 2020–21 UEFA Nations League match, becoming only the second male player to reach this milestone (after Ali Daei of Iran) and the first in Europe on September 8. Ronaldo was positive for COVID-19 while being asymptomatic, according to the FPF on October 13th. Ronaldo had recovered by the end of October.
Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal's first game of Euro 2020, a 3–0 victory over Hungary in Budapest on June 15th. He had a total of eleven European Championship goals, two ahead of Michel Platini as the all-time top goalscorer in the sport's history. He also became the first person to play in five European Championships and in eleven consecutive tournaments. Ronaldo made the brace the oldest player to score two goals in a match in the European Championship and the oldest player to play for Portugal at a major tournament in Europe. He scored two goals in Portugal's 2–2 draw with France on June 23th, equaling Daei's record of 109 international goals. Following a 1–0 loss against Belgium in the round of 16, Portugal was eliminated on June 27. Ronaldo finished the tournament with five goals (tied with Czech Patrik Schick) and one assist, winning him the Golden Boot.
Ronaldo scored two headed goals in a 2–1 home victory over the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier at the Estádio Algarve on September 1st, which saw him surpass Ali Daei's international record of 109 goals for his second coming seconds before the full whistle was whistled. He scored the first goal in a 3–0 friendly victory over Qatar at the Estádio Algarve on October 9th; with his 181st international appearance, he tied Sergio Ramos for the most international caps earned by a European player. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal's 5–0 victory over Portugal on October 12th and became the first player to score ten hat-tricks in men's international football.