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🐐Cristiano Ronaldo

Born and raised on the Portuguese island of Madeira, he began his career at Sporting Lisbon before signing for Manchester United at the age of 18 in 2003. After winning his first tournament, the FA Cup, during his first season in England, he helped United win three consecutive titles in The English Premier League, one Champions League championship, and one Club World Cup championship. At the age of 23, he won the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Footballer of the Year award. In 2009, Ronaldo became the most expensive player in football history[note 4] when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth £80 million (€94 million/US$131.6 million). Ronaldo won fifteen titles with them, including two league titles, two cup titles and four Champions League titles, and became the club's all-time top scorer. After joining Madrid, Ronaldo finished second in the Ballon d'Or three times, behind Lionel Messi (the traditional rival), before winning the Ballon d'Or consecutively in 2013 and 2014, and repeated it again in 2016 and 2017. After winning the Champions League title for the third time in a row in 2018, Ronaldo became the first player to win the title five times in the modern version.[17] In 2018, he signed for Juventus in a transfer deal worth €100 million (£88 million), the highest transfer fee paid to a player over the age of 30, and the highest amount paid by any Italian club in history. He won two Italian League titles, two Italian Super Cup titles, and an Italian Cup title in his three seasons with the club, before returning to Manchester United in 2021, then leaving in 2022 after terminating his contract with the club. In 2023, Ronaldo signed with Al-Nassr Saudi Club. Ronaldo was chosen as the best Portuguese player in history by the Portuguese Football Federation in 2015. He made his debut in 2003 at the age of eighteen, and has since played 200 international matches, including participating and scoring in ten major tournaments. He became the most capped player in Portugal and the all-time top scorer for his country. He scored his first international goal in UEFA Euro 2004 and helped Portugal reach the final of the tournament. He took over the leadership of his national team in July 2008, leading Portugal to its first ever win in a major tournament at UEFA Euro 2016, earning the Silver Boot as the tournament's second-highest scorer. He also led them to victory in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019, and later claimed the Golden Boot as top scorer at UEFA Euro 2020. Ronaldo is one of the most popular and marketable athletes in the world, having been named the World's Best Athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017, as well as the World's Most Famous Athlete by ESPN from 2016 to 2019. Time magazine listed him in List of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014. Ronaldo is the first football player, as well as the third athlete, to earn $1 billion while still practicing his profession.


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