Ronaldo, Cristiano

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.

Ronaldo, Cristiano

Cristiano Ronaldo (Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro), 1985–, Portuguese soccer player. A forward, he began professional play in 2001 with Sporting Portugal. With Manchester United from 2003, he helped them win the Football Association Challenge Cup (2004), the UEFA Champions League (2008), the FIFA Club World Cup (2008), and three Premier League titles (2007–9). Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games while with Man United. In 2009 Ronaldo went to Real Madrid, where he helped them win the La Liga title (2012, 2017), the FIFA Club World Cup (2014, 2016), and the UEFA Champions League (2014, 2016–17) and became their all-time leading goal scorer. In 2016 he also captained Portugal's national team to its first UEFA European Championship. He has won the Ballon d'Or (2008, 2016–17), FIFA World Player of the Year (2008), Premier League Golden Boot (2008), FIFA Ballon d'Or (2013–14), and Best FIFA Men's Player (2017).

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