Christiano Ronaldo: Profile, Stats, Awards, Records, and Rankings

Christiano Ronaldo of Manchester United is deemed “the greatest football player.” Check his profile, records, awards, and rankings here.
Christiano Ronaldo: Profile, Stats, Awards, Records, and Rankings
Christiano Ronaldo: Profile, Stats, Awards, Records, and Rankings

Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese professional footballer, who plays as a forward, is widely considered one of the game's all-time greatests'. In total, he has won 32 trophies throughout his career, including seven league championships, five UEFA Champions Leagues, and the UEFA European Championship. He has also won five Ballon d'Or honors and four European Golden Shoes.

Learn more about Ronaldo's profile, debut, stats, records, and rankings here. 

BRIEF

FULL NAME

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

BIRTH

February 5, 1985

HEIGHT

1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)

NATIONALITY

Portuguese

POSITION

Forward

CURRENT TEAM

Manchester United

NUMBER

07

Christiano Ronaldo’s Profile

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on February 5, 1985, on the Portuguese island of Madeira. 

Ronaldo began playing football at the age of 7 with the neighborhood team Andorinha FC. 

At the age of 15, he was diagnosed with Tachycardia, a heart disease that might have prevented him from playing football. He underwent heart surgery the same year and started playing football again a few days later and has not stopped since then. 

Debut 

Ronaldo bumped up from Sporting's youth team at the age of 16. He then made history by becoming the first player to play for the under-16, under-17 clubs, and under-18 teams, as well as the B team and the first team, all in the same season. 

Ronaldo debuted in the Primeira Liga matchup against Moreirense on October 7, 2002. Sporting defeated rivals, Liverpool, by 3-0 and Ronaldo contributed to the win by scoring two goals. In the 2002–03 season, he appeared in 25 games and scored five goals for his team.

Manchester United 

After Sporting defeated Manchester United by 3-1 in August 2003, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was determined to sign Ronaldo immediately. Being thoroughly impressed by Ronaldo, Ferguson decided to give Sporting £12.24 million after the game. 

He made his Premier League debut on August 16, 2003, when he replaced Nicky Butt in a match against Bolton Wanderers. United won by 4-0 and Ronaldo received a standing ovation. From thereon started his journey to become one of the best football players in the world. 

After a standout 2007–08 campaign in which he scored 42 goals and helped United win the league title, the league cup, the European Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup all in the same year, during which he also earned his first FIFA Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo left United in 2009. 

He has made 292 appearances for Manchester United and scored 118 goals.

Joining Real Madrid

After leaving United, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid prior to the 2009–10 season for a then-record transfer fee of £80 million (€94 million).

On August 29, 2009, against Deportivo La Coruna, Ronaldo made his La Liga debut. 

He came in second place for FIFA World Footballer of the Year in the 2009–10 season with 33 goals in 35 games. the same season, he won the European Golden Shoe for a second time.

He took over Raul's number 7 jersey before the 2010–11 season and set a personal record with 53 goals in 54 games.

In the season 2012-13, Ronaldo appeared in 55 matches, scoring 55 goals, and came second in place for the FIFA Ballon d’Or. Prominent footballer and Ronaldo’s acclaimed rival, Lionel Messi won the FIFA Ballon d’Or in the 2012-13 season. 

The next season, Ronaldo scored 69 goals in 59 appearances, his personal best record, at the end of 2013. The same season he won his first FIFA Ballon d'Or. 

In the 2015-16 season, Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League for the 11th time and subsequently became the top scorer in the league as well as all the competitions.

In 2018, Ronaldo left Real Madrid and joined the Italian club Juventus, where he was signed to play for 4 years. However, the four-year contract ended in three years, when Manchester United announced that they were re-signing Ronaldo in August 2021. 

The announcement was met with overwhelming excitement from football fans all over the world. 

Ronaldo now holds the record for scoring the all-time highest number of goals in football history. 

Christiano Ronaldo Stats (Overall)

Appearances (including subs)

921 (49)

Goals

764 (140)

Assists

150

Minutes Played

70761

Red Cards Given

7

Yellow Cards Given

128

Christiano Ronaldo Awards 

AWARDS WON

NO. OF TIMES

Best FIFA Men's Player

2

Winner Ballon D'or

5

UEFA Best Player In Europe

4

Footballer Of The Year

10

FIFA Puskás Award

1

Top Scorer

19

Player Of The Year

6

Tm-Player Of The Season

2

FIFA Club World Cup Winner

4

European Champion

1

Champions League Winner

5

English Champion

3

Spanish Champion

2

Italian Champion

2

UEFA Supercup Winner

3

Winner Uefa Nations League

1

English FA Cup Winner

1

Spanish Cup Winner

2

Italian Cup Winner

1

English League Cup Winner

2

Spanish Super Cup Winner

2

Italian Super Cup Winner

2

Portuguese Super Cup Winner

1

English Super Cup Winner

2

Christiano Ronaldo Records

  1. All-time leading scorer
  2. Most capped Portuguese player
  3. All-time top scorer for Portugal 
  4. Most international goals by a European player
  5. Most appearances at the European Championship tournament
  6. Most goals in European Championships history
  7. Most European Championship matches scored in
  8. Oldest scorer of a World Cup hat-trick
  9. All-time top scorer for Real Madrid
  10. All-time top scorer for Real Madrid in a single season
  11. Most hat-tricks in Real Madrid history 
  12. Fastest player to score 150 goals in La Liga 
  13. Fastest player to score 200 goals in La Liga 
  14. Fastest player to score 250 goals in La Liga 
  15. Fastest player to score 300 goals in La Liga 
  16. First player to score 50+ goals in the Premier League, La Liga & Serie A
  17. First player to reach 100 Champions League wins
  18. All-time Champions League top scorer 
  19. Most Champions League assists of all time 
  20. First player to score 10+ Champions League goals for three different clubs
  21. First player to score 100 club goals in three different countries
  22. Most goals in a single Champions League season 
  23. Most seasons as Champions League top scorer 
  24. Only player to score in all six games of a Champions League group stage 
  25. Fastest to 100 goals in Juventus history 
  26. Most goals in Champions League finals 
  27. Most consecutive seasons with 10+ goals in Europe’s top five leagues 
  28. Most appearances in UEFA Team of the Year 
  29. All-time top scorer for Juventus in a single season 
  30. Fastest player to score 50 goals in Serie A 

Christiano Ronaldo Rankings

Cristiano Ronaldo is ranked the number #1 Football player in the world. He has scored the most goals in men's international football with 117 goals in 191 games and counting. 

Ranking of Football Players by the Number Of Active Goals in International Matches:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Ali Daei

3. Mokhtar Dahari

4. Lionel Messi

5. Sunil Chhetri 

7. Ali Mabkhout

7.  Godfrey Chitalu

9. Hussain Saeed

10. Pele

Although Christiano Ronaldo does not need trophies or awards to prove that he is the be(a)st at the sport, his stats, records, and awards are more than enough to prove that he indeed is the best football player of all time. 

Another interesting fact is that Christiano Ronaldo is the most followed as well as the highest-paid celebrity on Instagram as of the latest report. Yet another record added to Ronaldo's myriad of world records. 

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