At the age of 16, Sporting CP manager László Bölöni was very much impressed with his dribbling and promoted him. Cristiano Ronaldo7 became the first player for the club’s under-16, under-17 and under-18 teams. After a year on 7th of october 2002 Ronaldo-Cr7 gave his first debut Primeira Liga, against Moreirense. He scored two goals in their 3–0 win. Ronaldo’s representatives suggested him as a player to Liverpool manager and Barcelona president.
Ronaldo memorabilia at Sporting CP’s museum
In August 2002, when Sporting CP defeated Manchester United, their manager Alex Ferguson became very determined to acquire Ronaldo-cr7 on a permanent move. However, he just planned to sign Ronaldo and then loan him back to Sporting for a year. Everyone in the team became so impressed by his performance and all the players insisted Alex Ferguson to sign him. This was the turning point of Ronaldo’s life. After that history had to be made.
When Alex Ferguson agreed to have him he paid £12.24 million to Sporting CP for what he considered to be “one of the most exciting young players” he had ever seen.
Ronald-cr7 7th October 2002 when he gave
his first debut in Primeira Liga
Ronaldo was the first Portuguese player in Manchester United. His transfer fee was £12.24 million which made him the most expensive teenager in the history of English Football. He requested to have the No.28 shirt which he wore in Sporting CP but he got No.7. That was previously worn by such United players as George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
Cristiano Ronaldo7 admits that behind his successful journey his manager Alex Ferguson played a very important role. He said, Alex Ferguson “He’s been my father in sport, one of the most important and influential factors in my career.”
Ronaldo with his manager a.k.a father Alex
Premier League Debut
On 16 August 2003, Ronaldo-cr7 made his debut in Premier League and had a victory over Bolton Wanderers. His performance earned praise from George Best, who hailed it as “undoubtedly the most exciting debut” he had ever seen. Ronaldo7 ended his first season in English football by scoring the opening goal in United’s 3–0 victory over Millwall in the FA Cup final, earning his first trophy. Ronaldo 7 played two of his best matches in the 2004-2005 season. Midway through the season, in November, he signed a new contract which extended his previous deal by two years to 2010. He won his second trophy in English football, the Football League Cup.
Third season in England proved to be bad for him as he got banned by UEFA for a “one-fingered gesture” towards Benfica fans. Hence, was sent off in the Manchester derby (a 3–1 defeat) for kicking Manchester City’s former United player Andy Cole. He also clashed with a teammate Ruud van Nistelrooy. During 2006 FIFA World Cup, when club teammate Wayne Rooney was sent off, Cristiano publicly asked for a transfer. After getting no support from the teammates over the incident but this transfer was denied by the club. It results in Ronaldo being booed throughout the 2006–07 season. It proved to be his breakout year, as he broke the 20-goal barrier for the first time and won his first Premier League title. An important factor in this success was his one-to-one training by first-team coach René Meulensteen. The one who taught him to make himself more unpredictable, improve his teamwork, call for the ball, and capitalise on goal scoring opportunities.
He gained three consecutive victories against Aston Villa (a victory that put United on top of the league), Wigan Athletic and Reading. Ronaldo was named the Premier League Player of the Month in November and December, becoming only the third player to receive consecutive honours.
At 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, he subsequently scored four minutes into the first semi-final leg against Milan, which ended in a 3–2 win. He also helped United reach the FA Cup final, but the decisive match against Chelsea ended in a 1–0 defeat. Due to his outstanding performances he amassed a host of personal awards for the season. He won the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player’s Player, Fans’ Player, and Young Player of the Year awards, as well as the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award.
A month later he captained united for the first time.
After this season rumors circulated that Ronaldo-cr7 wants to join Real Madrid. Then, United filed a case to governing body FIFA over Madrid’s alleged pursuit of their player, but they declined to take action. The FIFA president said that the player must have freedom to leave the club. Despite Ronaldo publicly agreeing with Blatter, he remained at United for another year.
In 2008, Ronaldo7 had an ankle surgery which keep him out of action for 10 weeks.
At the close of 2008, Ronaldo helped United win the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, assisting the final-winning goal against Liga de Quito and winning the Silver Ball in the process. He subsequently became United’s first Ballon d’Or winner since George Best in 1968, and the first Premier League player to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year.
His final ever goal for Manchester United came on 10 May 2009 with a free kick in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo in his final season with Manchester United playing in a Premier League game against Liverpool
When he joined Real Madrid, as his usual number 7 was unavailable, Ronaldo7 wore number 9 during his debut season at Madrid. After Raúl departed the club, Ronaldo7 was handed the number 7 shirt before the 2010–11 season.
His first Champions League goals for the club followed with two free kicks in the first group match against Zürich. The strong start to the season, however, was interrupted when he suffered an ankle injury in October while on international duty. It kept him sidelined for seven weeks. His first season at Real Madrid ended trophyless.
Ronaldo7 scored a record 17 UEFA Champions League goals during the 2013–14 La Décima season. During the next campaign, the 2014–15 season, Ronaldo7 set a new personal best of 61 goals in all competitions. Starting with both goals in Real Madrid’s 2–0 victory over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup. He subsequently achieved his best-ever goalscoring start to a league campaign, with a record 15 goals in the first eight rounds of La Liga. His record 23rd hat-trick in La Liga, scored against Celta Vigo on 6 December. This made him the fastest player to reach 200 goals in the Spanish league, as he reached the milestone in only his 178th game.
Ronaldo missed Real Madrid’s first three matches of the 2016–17 season, including the 2016 UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla, as he continued to rehabilitate the knee injury he suffered against France in the final of Euro 2016.
Ronaldo scored a record 17 UEFA Champions League goals during the 2013–14 La Décima season
At the start of the 2017–18 season, Ronaldo scored Madrid’s second goal in a 3–1 Supercopa de España first-leg victory over Barcelona at Camp Nou. On 23 October, his performances in the first half of 2017 saw him claim his fifth FIFA Player of the Year award by receiving The Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the second consecutive year. In the final of the tournament, on 26 May, Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3–1, winning Ronaldo his fifth Champions League title as he became the first player to win the trophy five times. He finished as the top scorer of the tournament for the sixth consecutive season, ending the campaign with 15 goals. After the final, Ronaldo referred to his time with the Champions League winners in the past tense, sparking speculation that he could leave Real Madrid.
Ronaldo with Cristina Cifuentes, President of the Community of Madrid, during Champions League title celebrations in Madrid in 2016
10 July 2018, Ronaldo signed a four-year contract with Italian club Juventus after completing a €100 million transfer, which included an additional €12 million in other fees, and solidarity contributions to Ronaldo’s youth clubs. This amount was the highest, for any 30 year old player, paid in history.
On 16 September, Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus in his fourth appearance for the club in a 2–1 home win over Sassuolo in Serie A. Ronaldo7 became the first player in history to win 100 Champions League matches. Ronaldo became the first player in history to win 100 Champions League matches.
Ronaldo 7 scored his first goal of the 2019–20 season for Juventus in a 4–3 home win over Napoli in Serie A on 31 August 2019. On 23 September, he came in 3rd place for the 2019 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award. 1 October, he reached several milestones in Juventus’s 3–0 group stage win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League: his goal during the match saw him score.
On 17 June 2020, he started in the Coppa Italia Final against Napoli as Juventus suffered a 4–2 defeat on penalties following a goalless draw after regulation time. His performance drew criticism from Corriere dello Sport, Luca Toni, Fabio Capello, and his own coach, Maurizio Sarri, for being sluggish. On 22 June, he scored a penalty in a 2–0 away win over Bologna, overtaking Rui Costa to become the highest scoring Portuguese player in Serie A history.
Ronaldo appearing for Juventus against Torino during the 2019–20 season
20 September 2020, Ronaldo scored in Juventus’s opening match of the season, a 3–0 home win over Sampdoria in Serie A. On 1 November, after Ronaldo took nearly three weeks to recover from COVID-19. He returned to action against Spezia where he came off the bench in the second half and scored within the first three minutes. Later scored a second goal from the penalty spot in an eventual 4–1 away win. On 2 December, he scored a goal against Dynamo Kyiv in a Champions League group stage match to reach his 750th senior career goal. Ronaldo7 played his 100th match in all competitions for Juventus on 13 December, scoring two penalties in a 3–1 away win to Genoa in the league, and bringing his goal tally to 79.