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Cristiano Ronaldo

Position:
Forward
Height:
6'0" (1.84m)
Weight:
174 lbs (79 kg)
age:
29
DOB:
February 5, 1985

2014 / 2015 Spanish Primera División

  • 14Games
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  • 25Goals
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  • 8Assists
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  • 88Shots

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A much-vaunted prodigy when snapped up by Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, Ronaldo is now, alongside Lionel Messi, the best-known player on the planet, and a hero for Real Madrid and Portugal. 

It had been expected that Ronaldo would be eased in gently to the first-team picture at Old Trafford but a captivating cameo on his debut against Bolton Wanderers gave a glimpse of a special talent that could not be held back. By the end of his first season, he had his first trophy -- scoring the opening goal in the FA Cup final victory over Millwall. 

Ronaldo kept getting better and better with each season that passed and so confident was Sir Alex Ferguson in the young Portuguese's abilities that he began to build a team around him, even selling prolific terrace hero Ruud van Nistelrooy. It took a couple of years for the risk to come off but in 2006-07 United started to really reap the rewards; Ronaldo broke the 20-goal barrier for the first time, with 17 coming in the league -- including a majestic solo effort to secure a late victory at Fulham, hailed as one of the key results in the race for the title.

Ronaldo and United went a step forward the following season, as the Red Devils No. 7 plundered an unbelievable 42 goals across all competitions as United won another Premier League title, and he added a Champions League winners' medal to his collection, scoring in the final against Chelsea, though he did miss a penalty in the ultimately victorious shootout. Ronaldo's performances saw him crowned the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year and that summer, Real Madrid -- Ronaldo's boyhood club -- came calling. Ferguson refused to part with his star man, insisting he would "not sell that club a virus," such was his unhappiness with the way they pursued Ronaldo.

The player himself was initially frustrated at not being able to move but, still at Old Trafford, set about his job in his customary fashion. Twenty-six goals in 53 games helped United to a third successive Premier League title and Ronaldo hit crucial goals in the quarterfinal against Porto and semifinal against Arsenal as Ferguson's side reached another Champions League final. Barcelona were the opponents in Rome in 2009 but it was not to be a happy night for Ronaldo -- upstaged by Lionel Messi, Barca won 2-0 in a match that proved to be Ronaldo's last in a United shirt.

Just a few weeks later, Ronaldo made a world record 80-million-pound move to Madrid, fulfilling a lifetime ambition as he became a Bernabeu galactico.

Totally unfazed by the price tag, Ronaldo hit 33 goals in 35 games in his first season; that was, however, only the start of things to come. The 2010-11 season saw Ronaldo earn the Pichichi as La Liga's top scorer with a remarkable 40 goals in 34 games, while he also scored the winning goal against Real Madrid's bitter rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Ronaldo's upward curve continued in 2011-12 as he won the Primera Division title with Real, netting 46 goals in 38 games along the way. In any other year it would have been enough to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or but despite his outrageous strike-rate was bettered by Barca rival Messi, whose 73 goals earned the Argentine the individual prize.

Rather than crying over spilled milk, though, Ronaldo came back even stronger, with his performances for club and country in 2013 -- including a virtuoso display in Portugal's vital 3-2 World Cup playoff victory versus Sweden -- saw him finally land a second FIFA Ballon d'Or. It got better still, as Ronaldo netted a Champions League record 17 goals as Madrid also ended their long wait for a tenth European Cup.

For Portugal, Ronaldo's teenage tears won the hearts of a nation as the hosts lost to Greece in the Euro 2004 final and came of age at the 2006 World Cup -- converting the winning penalty in the quarterfinal shootout victory over England. In Euro 2008 qualifying he was his nation's top scorer and, though he managed just one goal at the tournament, he soon established himself as Portugal's talisman and captain. The 2010 World CUp was expected to be Ronaldo's chance to really steal the show on the greatest stage of them all but he wilted in South Africa, scoring just one goal as Portugal were eliminated by Spain in the round of 16. 

At Euro 2012, Ronaldo finally showed what he could do at a major tournament, taking Portugal to the semifinals before an agonising penalty shootout defeat to Spain, in which the Real Madrid star did not even take a spot-kick, as his side had lost before he could take the fifth. Still he finished as joint-top scorer and then played a vital roles in Portugal's qualification for the 2014 World Cup. In a playoff against Sweden, he scored the winning goal in the first-leg and then a match-winning hat-trick to send his team to Brazil. 

Strengths: Ronaldo will take on any defender with searing pace, and mesmerising footwork to boot. His ability to beat a player and to find the goal from any angle in open play, and at set-pieces. 

Weaknesses: On occasion, he goes to ground far too easily which attracts the ire of supporters and sometimes tries a trick when a simple pass would do.

Career high: Winning the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or and following it up by guiding Real Madrid to their tenth European Cup a few months later. 

Career low: Losing to Greece in the final of Euro 2004 on home turf. His tears were caught on camera for all to see.

Style: Fast, tricky, powerful, a world-beating phenomenon. 

Quotes: "I have nothing but praise for the boy. He is easily the best player in the world. He is better than Kaka and better than Messi. He is streets ahead of them all. His contribution as a goal threat is unbelievable. His stats are incredible. Strikes at goal, attempts on goal, raids into the penalty box, headers. It is all there. Absolutely astounding." Sir Alex Ferguson, July 2009.

Trivia: Cristiano's name Ronaldo came from his father's favourite actor, Ronald Reagan.

Career

Team Comp GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Portugal WC 3 0 1 1 23 14 2 10 0 0
Real Madrid La Liga 14 0 25 8 88 53 11 20 2 0
Portugal Int 2 0 0 0 5 1 2 2 0 0
Real Madrid UCL 6 0 5 1 44 18 2 10 0 0
Real Madrid Super C 1 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid Sup Cup 1 1 0 0 4 1 2 2 1 0
Real Madrid CWC 1 0 0 0 4 2 1 3 0 0
Real Madrid CWC 1 0 0 2 6 5 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid Champions Cup 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Season Totals   29 2 33 12 176 96 20 50 3 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Real Madrid H - San Lorenzo Dec 20, 2014 CWC W 2-0 Started 0 0 4 2 1 3 0 0
Real Madrid A - Cruz Azul Dec 16, 2014 CWC W 0-4 Started 0 2 6 5 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - Almeria Dec 12, 2014 La Liga W 1-4 Started 2 0 7 4 1 3 1 0
Real Madrid H - Ludogorets Dec 9, 2014 UCL W 4-0 Started 1 0 10 1 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Celta Vigo Dec 6, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Sub-Off 84 min 3 0 8 5 1 3 0 0
Real Madrid A - Malaga Nov 29, 2014 La Liga W 1-2 Started 0 2 6 3 1 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - FC Basel Nov 26, 2014 UCL W 0-1 Started 1 0 4 3 1 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - Eibar Nov 22, 2014 La Liga W 0-4 Sub-Off 83 min 2 1 4 2 2 1 0 0
Portugal A - Argentina Nov 18, 2014 Int W 0-1 Sub-Off 45 min 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0
Portugal H - Armenia Nov 14, 2014 ECQ W 1-0 Started 1 0 7 6 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid H - Rayo Nov 8, 2014 La Liga W 5-1 Started 1 2 5 4 1 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Liverpool Nov 4, 2014 UCL W 1-0 Started 0 0 10 5 0 3 0 0
Real Madrid A - Granada Nov 1, 2014 La Liga W 0-4 Started 1 2 4 3 1 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - Barcelona Oct 25, 2014 La Liga W 3-1 Started 1 0 5 2 1 1 1 0
Real Madrid A - Liverpool Oct 22, 2014 UCL W 0-3 Sub-Off 74 min 1 0 6 4 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid A - Levante Oct 18, 2014 La Liga W 0-5 Started 2 0 8 4 0 1 0 0
Portugal A - Denmark Oct 14, 2014 ECQ W 0-1 Started 1 0 6 3 2 2 1 0
Portugal A - France Oct 11, 2014 Int L 2-1 Sub-Off 75 min 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Athletic Oct 5, 2014 La Liga W 5-0 Started 3 1 10 8 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid A - Ludogorets Oct 1, 2014 UCL W 1-2 Started 1 0 6 4 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - Villarreal Sep 27, 2014 La Liga W 0-2 Started 1 0 4 1 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid H - Elche Sep 23, 2014 La Liga W 5-1 Started 4 0 11 9 2 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - Deportivo Sep 20, 2014 La Liga W 2-8 Started 3 0 8 5 1 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - FC Basel Sep 16, 2014 UCL W 5-1 Started 1 1 8 1 1 2 0 0
Real Madrid H - Atletico Sep 13, 2014 La Liga L 1-2 Started 1 0 5 1 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid H - Cordoba Aug 25, 2014 La Liga W 2-0 Started 1 0 3 2 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid A - Atletico Aug 22, 2014 Sup Cup L 1-0 Sub-On 45 min 0 0 3 1 2 0 1 0
Real Madrid H - Atletico Aug 19, 2014 Sup Cup D 1-1 Sub-Off 45 min 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid H - Sevilla Aug 12, 2014 Super C W 2-0 Started 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Man Utd Aug 2, 2014 Champions Cup L 1-3 Sub-On 73 min 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - AS Roma Jul 29, 2014 Champions Cup L 0-1 Unused Substitute
Real Madrid A - Inter Jul 26, 2014 Champions Cup L (3) 1-(2) 1 Unused Substitute
Portugal H - Ghana Jun 26, 2014 WC W 2-1 Started 1 0 9 7 1 5 0 0
Portugal A - USA Jun 22, 2014 WC D 2-2 Started 0 1 7 2 1 3 0 0
Portugal A - Germany Jun 16, 2014 WC L 4-0 Started 0 0 7 5 0 2 0 0
  • A: GoalAssists
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • G: TotalGoals
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SG: Shots On Target
  • SH: Total Shots
  • YC: Yellow Cards