You don’t need to be a sports fan and specially a football follower to know Cristiano Ronaldo. His name is out there, almost every other person knows him, and if you don’t, then my friend, you are definitely living under a rock. Even if you are, I am about to make life easy for you and put forward few interesting facts about Cristiano Ronaldo, so the next time you are with your football diehard fans, you can always talk about Ronaldo. Ronaldo has definitely been praised and appreciated for his sportsmanship and skills. Keep reading to get hold of everything you can about Ronaldo here:
Cristiano Ronaldo Facts
16) No, Cristiano Ronaldo Is Not His Full Name:
He goes by the name of Cristania Ronaldo, but in fact his real name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. As his father was a huge fan of U.S president Ronald Reagon, his father decided to name him Ronaldo.
15) Andorinha Team
When Ronaldo was eight years old, he used to play for a team called Andorinha. His father was the kit man in the team.
14) Cry Baby And A Little Bee
When Ronaldo used to come back home from school, his mother would tell him to do his homework, he would say he didn’t have any. Meanwhile, his mother Dolores Aveiro would be making dinner; Ronaldo ran off and used to come back quite late. He used to cry when he would know his friends didn’t score and therefore, he was called cry baby, and a little bee as no one could catch him.
13) Expelled At The Age Of 14.
When he was 14, Ronaldo threw a chair at his teacher, because he was being disrespectful to him. Although it was a negative reason but turns out, it was because of this he turned out to be the international sensation. How? Ronaldo’s mother suggested him to divert all his attention on soccer.
12) Massive Gym Training
Ronaldo’s training technique helped him improve his game techniques. When he was a teenager, he would use the weight on his foot and dribble with the ball. He was fast with weights and faster without them.
11) Diagnosed with Racing Heart
The condition of racing heart would have made him give up on football completely. However, when he was 15, Ronaldo was diagnosed with racing heart condition. He was soon operated, after days later he resumed his training.
10) Expensive Teenage Player
To sign him up in Manchester United, he was paid by them £12 in 2003. It is noted as a record fee for a player of his age.
9) CR7 – Fashion Boutique
Ronaldo also has his fashion line under the name of CR7; CR being his own initials and 7 his shirt number. The boutique was launched in 2006 on the Island of Madeira, Portugal. His line was further expanded in 2008 at Lisbon. The store have leather pocket jeans, Diamond studded belts and buckled loafers all patented.
8) A Father
Ronaldo has a son named Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. In July3, 2010, Ronaldo announced that he became a father. The child’s mother is waitress by profession whom he dated for a short period; however the child is in Cristiano’s full custody.
7) A Waxwork at Madame Tussauds
Ronaldo is the fourth footballer who was represented as a waxwork, after Steven Gerrard, Pelé and David Beckham at Madame Tussauds London.
6) A Philanthropic at Heart
In November 2012, Ronaldo sold his golden boot that he won in 2011 for €1.5 million and donated the entire amount for funding children’s schools in Gaza. Then a month later, Ronaldo also joined hands with Health Programme of FIFA’11 to create awareness amongst little children regarding drug addiction, malaria, obesity and HIV. Also, Ronaldo abstains from drinking and from getting his body tattooed as he regularly donates blood.
5) Arrogant Personality
People may go crazy and he may have a huge fan following for being a great footballer, however, there are many people out there too who do not like him for his arrogance. In 2011, Ronaldo claimed publicly that it is because he was too rich, talented and handsome that people do not like him, therefore, the haters were too justified after this statement.
4) Ronaldo is Really Really Fast
Do not underestimate Ronaldo’s speed. He’s fast. He defeated Angel David Rodriquez, a Spanish sprinter in a zigzag challenge by good half minute.
3) The Power of Cheetah in Full Flight and Space Shuttle at Launch
Make Cheetah’s full flight speed five times more that is what you get when Ronaldo jumps, enabling him to produce a 5G of G-force on takeoff. That is a lot! Adding more to this, this force allows him to jump at a height of 44cm in the air when standing firm and goes up to 78cm with a run up. This is even higher than an average NBA player. He also has a free kick speed of 13.1 kmph, this is the speed of a Space Shuttle while making its launch.
2) He Won’t Stop To Amaze Us!
He lifts a weight equivalent to 16 Toyota Prius cars, which is around 23,055 kg during his training session.
1) Definitely the Best Player
Other than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is considered as one of the best players of his generation. He plays a role of attacking, he players either as a winger or a striker and is very well known for his positioning, crossing, pace, finishing and his free kick abilities.
I’m sure after these interesting facts, you know a lot about Cristiano Ronaldo.