This is not just a collection of 5 or 10, rather 35 plus Cool and Interesting Fun Facts about Cristiano Ronaldo’s life that you don’t know. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on 5th February 1985. He is most popularly known as CR7 because of his name initials and number of jersey. He is a professional footballer who has a capability of playing at number of positions but predominantly plays as an attacking forward. He is regarded as the best player of the game.
On the club level, he represents famous Spanish football club Real Madrid and famous English football club Manchester United.
While on international matches, he plays and captains Portugal national team. He is all time top goal scorer as well as most capped player of Portugal. He has been awarded with Rose to rank of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry in recognition of his great services for his country.
Here in this post, we will be sharing some cool and interesting facts about the greatest player in football game.
Cristiano Ronaldo Interesting Facts
- Manchester United’s first ever Portuguese player
A very strange fact about him is that, the famous English football club, Manchester United showed interest in him and offered him a contract. Upon signing to play from Manchester United, he ultimately became the first ever Portuguese player who will be playing from this famous English football club. While playing against Middlesbrough he scored 1000th Premier League goal of Manchester United winning the match by 4 -1.
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- Most expensive teenager in English football history
Another outstanding fact about him is that, when he signed to play from Manchester United for a transfer fee of £12.24 million he not only became the first Portuguese player of Manchester United but also this made him the most expensive teenager in the history of English football. He was offered jersey number 7 which was previously worn by Manchester United’s legends including Beckham, Cantona and Best.
- A world record transfer fee offered by Real Madrid
The utmost cool fact about him is that, he moved to the famous Spanish football club, Real Madrid against a world record transfer fee of £80 million or €94 million. He was earning €11 million per year according to his contract which ran until 2015.
- First International Hat – trick within 15 minutes
A very surprising fact about him is that, he holds a unique career statistics of scoring his first hat – trick while playing against Northern Ireland, managing to find net thrice in a 15 minute time winning the match with 4 -2.
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- All time top scorer for Portugal – 5th Fact About Roanldo
The most interesting fact about Cristiano Ronaldo is that, for his national side, Portugal, he has become all time top goal scorer. Not only this, he also holds the record of being nation’s most capped player with 128 international appearances.
- Ranked twice as World’s Highest Paid Footballer by Forbes
A very cool fact about Cristiano is that, he has been ranked, not once, but twice by Forbes to be the World’s Highest Paid Footballer. His on field, off field earnings, bonuses and salaries made a total of $73 million in 2013–14 and $79 million in 2014–15 respectively to grab the title.
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- First footballer to be ranked as World’s Highest Paid Athlete by Forbes
Another inspiring fact about him is that, his earnings of 2014 – 15 which turned out to be $79 million made him only behind renowned Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the Magazine’s list of becoming Most Highest Paid Athletes. However, in 2016 with a total earning of $88 million he was announced to be the first footballer to be ranked as the World’s Highest Paid Athlete.
- Ranked as World’s Most Famous Athlete by ESPN
Another interesting fact about him is that, he was ranked as the World’s most famous athlete by ESPN. Not limited to this he has been ranked as the 5th most marketable athlete in 2012 by Sprots Pro. Likewise, he grabbed 8th slot in 2013. However in 2014, Repucom, the famous market research company, ranked him to be the most recognized and most marketable football player in the world.
- Ronaldo has World’s Biggest Facebook fanbase
Another impressive fact about him is that, he has the world’s biggest facebook fanbase with more than 103 million fans. He is regarded to be the most popular sportsperson on social media. He was the first sportsperson to reach 50 million followers and likewise first sportsperson and second person to reach 100 million followers on facebook. The first person to do is famous pop music icon, Shakira.
Most followed athlete on Twitter – 10th Fact about Cristiano
Another impressive fact about his social media fan following is that he has become the most followed athlete on Twitter having more than 37.8 million followers as of September 2015.
- Most followed footballer on Instagram
Another impressive social media fact about him is that, he has been declared to be the most followed football player on Instagram, another famous social media website. As of October 2015, he had more than 33.6 million fans following him.
- CR7 – Cristiano Ronaldo Museum
Another interesting fact about him is that, he has a museum in his home town of Funchal, Madeira by the name of “The Cristiano Ronaldo Museum CR7. Inaugurated on 15th December 2013, it has trophies and memorabilia of his life and professional career. Additionally, designed by famous artist Ricardo Madeira Veloso, a bronze statue was also erected in his home town. The airport of Madeira is also named after him.
- Rose to rank of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry
The most interesting and outstanding fact about this great player is that, he has been raised to the rank of rank of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry. The ceremony took place at Belem Palace in which President of Portugal Anibal Cacaco Silva honoured him in recognition of his great service to nation in projecting country’s image abroad and setting an example of tenacity.
- Autobiographies and documentaries on Ronaldo
An amazing fact about him is that, he published his autobiography by the name of Moments, in December 2007. Documentaries released on him include Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at his Feet presented by Benedict Cumberbatch, a famous actor, released by Vimeo Vision Films. Another documentary film produced and distributed by Universal Pictures executively produced by Asif Kapadia and directed by BAFTA – winner Anthony Wonke was released in November 2015 titled Ronaldo.
- Fourth footballer to be represented at Madame Tussauds London
Another inspiring fact about him is that, after Steven Gerradrd, Pelehe and David Beckham he has become fourth footballer whose wax statue has been placed in Madame Tussauds London. He also has a statue in Madrid Wax Museum.
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- Galaxy named CR7 by astronauts
The most outstanding fact about him is that, astronomers discovered a galaxy which they named CR7 (Cosmos Redshift 7) offering a tribute in utmost finest way to this great player. This team of astronomers were led by David Sobral from Lisbon
- Personal facts
Narrating some interesting personal facts about him, his father name is Jose Dinis Avereiro who died when he was 20 years of age. He is a Roman Catholic and father of a son. He has never revealed the name of his son’s mother in public yet. He has no tattoos as it will prevent him donating blood. He has been reported to date number of ladies including an English model Alice Goodwin, Gemma Atkinson and Russian model Irina Shayk.
- Arrested for charges of raping a woman
A very sad and weird fact about him is that, he was arrested by Scotland Yard on charges of raping a woman in London Hotel. He denied all the charges and soon the charges were dropped by investigation authorities on the basis of insufficient evidence.
- His golden boot was sold for €1.5 million
Another very impressive fact about him is that, he won the Golden Boot in 2011, which he later announced to sell in 2012 with the purpose of raising funds in setting up schools children Gaza. His golden boot was sold for an amount of €1.5 million.
- World’s Most Charitable Sportsperson
The most inspiring fact about him is that, he was named to be the World’s most charitable sportsperson in 2015. In addition to great gaming skills, he possesses good qualities of both head and heart and has always remained at the forefront to donate his time and money for different noble causes.
- Donated all of his Bonus amount
Another inspiring fact about him is that, one great incident that needs to be mentioned here is when he donated his entire Champion League bonus amount at the moment of Real Madrid’s win of 2015 – 16 UEFA Champion League. The amount turned out to be €600,000.
- Together We Can Beat Ebola Camapaign and Cristiano Ronaldo
A very impressive fact about him is that, he stood against Ebola and appeared in FIFA’s “11 against Ebola” campaign along with other key players including Neymar, Gareth Bale, Xavi and Didier Drogba. This campaign in conjuction with the Confederation of African Football played a vital role in creating awareness of the disease.
- The CR7 Brand (name initials and number of his jersey)
A cool fact about him is that he is known in the world as a remarkable fashion icon. He opened his outlets by the name of CR7. The stores included several designer clothes and accessories. He also have a designed range of underwear and sock line and now plans to launch his own fragrance by the name of CR7. Interestingly, he also has a CR7selfie app where there are 68 photos of Cristiano in various outfits and poses accompanied by 39 filters to have a perfect selfie. This app apparently, was made to help raise funds to Save the Children.
- Honours and Titles on Club level (Manchester United)
He has a long list of awards and titles while playing from Manchester United. He won Premier League for the years 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09. He won 1 FA Cup for the year 2003–04, 2 Football League Cup for the years 2005–06 and 2008–09, 1 FA Community Shield for the year 2007, 1 UEFA Champions League for the year 2007–08 and 1 FIFA Club World Cup for the year 2008.
- Honours and Titles on Club level (Real Madrid)
His career in Real Madrid is also marked by great achievements. He won 1 La Liga for the year 2011–12, 2 Copa del Rey for the year 2010–11 and 2013–14, 1 Supercopa de España for the year 2012, 2 UEFA Champions League for the years 2013–14 and 2015–16, 1 UEFA Super Cup for the year 2014 and 1 FIFA Club World Cup for the year 2014
- Awards relevant to Ballon d’Or
A very interesting fact about him is that, he has won Ballon d’Or for the year 2008, 2 FIFA Ballon d’Or for the years 2013 and 2014, 1 FIFA World Player of the Year for the year 2008, 3 times Onze d’Argent for the years 2007, 2009 and 2012 and 1 Onze de Bronze for the year 2011.
- Honours and Titles for his him on individual level
His real strength can be read by looking at the list of his individual awards., 1 FIFPro World Player of the Year for the year 2008, 2 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for the years 2014 and 2016, 3 times World Soccer Player of the Year for the years 2008, 2013 and 2014, 2 times GSA Best Player of the Year for the years 2011 and 2014, 1 Onze d’Or for the year 2008, 1 Bravo Award for the year 2004, 8 times CNID Best Portuguese Athlete Abroad for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, 4 European Golden Shoe for the year 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14 and 2014–15, Goal 50 for the years 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016, 1 IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer for the years 2013 and 2014, 2 IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Scorer for the year 2014 and 2015, 1 FIFA Puskás Award for the year 2009, 9 times FIFA FIFPro World XI for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, 10 times UEFA Team of the Year for the years 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year, 7 ESM Team of the Year for the years 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15, 2 FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball 2008 and 2014, 1 UEFA Club Footballer of the Year for the year 2007–08, 1 UEFA Club Forward of the Year (2007–08), 3 UEFA Champions League Team of the Season for the years 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16, 1 UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage for the year 2015–16, 5 UEFA Champions League top scorer for the years 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16, 3 UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament for the years 2004, 2012 and 2016, 1 UEFA European Championship Silver Boot for the year 2016, UEFA Euro All Time XI, 1 UEFA European Championship Co-top scorer for the year 2012, 3 Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for the years 2003–04, 2006–07 and 2007–08, 2 Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year for the years 2006–07 and 2007–08, 1 PFA Young Player of the Year for the year 2006–07, 2 PFA Players’ Player of the Year for the years 2006–07 and 2007–08, 2 FWA Footballer of the Year for the years 2006–07 and 2007–08, 2 Barclays Player of the Year 2006–07 and 2007–08, 4 Premier League Player of the Month for November 2006, December 2006, January 2008 and March 2008, 4 PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the years 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09, 1 Premier League Golden Boot for the year 2007–08, Both Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Fantasy Team – Public and Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Fantasy Team – Experts, 1 La Liga Most Valuable Player for the year 2012–13, 1 La Liga Best Player for the year 2013–14, 1 La Liga Best Forward for the year 2013–14, 1 La Liga Best Goal for the year 2013–14, 1 La Liga Fans 5 Star Player for the year 2014–15, 1 Trofeo EFE Best Ibero-American Soccer Player of the Spanish League for the year 2012–13, 4 Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano for the years 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2015–16, 2 La Liga Player of the Month for November 2013 and May 2015, 3 La Liga Team of the Season for the years 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16, 3 La Liga top scorer for the years 2010–11, 2013–14 and 2014–15, 1 Copa del Rey top goalscorer for the year 2010–11, 1 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year for the year 2014, 2 ESPY Awards Best International Athlete for the year 2014 and 2016, 1 GSA Best Media Attraction for the year 2011, 1 GSA Greatest Media Attraction for the year 2011, 1 GSA Fanrs Favorite Player for the year 2013, 1 Facebook FA La Liga Player of the Year for the year 2016, 1 Facebook FA La Liga Best Striker for the year 2016.
Orders to his name
The most remarkable fact about him is that, he has number of Orders to his name. They include Office of the Order of Prince Henry, Medal of Merit, Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Vicosa (House of Braganca), Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry and Commander of the Order of Merit.
List of World Records
Everyone’s favourite, Cristiano Ronaldo has most impressive list of records including The most expensive footballer in history for 2009–2013, Most international goals in a calendar year, scoring 25 in 2012. He shares this record with Vivian Woodward and Lionel Messi, he is the only and first footballer to reach 40 goals in a professional league for two consecutive seasons, Only player who scored in every minute of an official football game, Only player to win the League title, Domestic Cup, Domestic Supercup, Champions League, Club World Cup, League Player of the Year, Golden Shoe and Ballon d’Or for two different clubs namely Manchester United and Real Madrid, he has most appearances in the FIFPro World XI appearing 8 times from 2007–2014 sharing the record with Lionel Messi, he is first and only player to appear in the FIFPro World XI from two different clubs, he is the only player to have won more than one FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball, he has Guinness World Record for Most Liked Person on Facebook in 2015, he is only player in the world who has scored in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 matches of the European Championship and in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 encounters of the World Cup.
- List of records for Europe
He has the record for most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League with 95 goals, he has the record of most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League/European Cup season with 17 goals in 2013–14, he is the most goals scorer in the UEFA Champions’ League group stage scoring 11 goals in 2015–16 Season, he has most goals scored in UEFA Champions League knockout phase fetching 42 goals, he is most UEFA Champions League goals scorer in a calendar year with 15 goals in 2013, he is the only player to score 15 or more UEFA Champions League goals in two different seasons in 2013–14 and 2015–16, he is the first player in the history of UEFA Champions League to score three hat-tricks in a single season of 2015–16, he is also the first footballer to have won the European Golden Shoe in two different leagues including English Premier League during 2007–08 season and Spanish La Liga during 2010–11, 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons. he is the most goals scorer in the UEFA European Championship, including qualifying with 29 goals
Records in UEFA Championships
He has the record of most career goals at UEFA European Championship finals with 9 goals for Portugal sharing the title with Michel Platini, he is the only player to have scored at four UEFA European Championship finals for the years 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, he is the only player to have scored three or above (goals) at more than one UEFA European Championship finals with 3 goals in 2012 and in 2016, he has the record of most headed goals at UEFA European Championship finals with 5 goals, he is highest appearance-maker at UEFA European Championship finals with 20 appearances, he is the first player to appear in three UEFA European Championship semi-finals including 2004, 2012 and 2016, he is the first player to ever score 10 goals in four consecutive UEFA Champions League seasons between the years 2011–12 to 2014–15, he is the only player to score for two different winning teams in the European Cup that is first for Manchester United for the year 2007–08 and then for Real Madrid for the year 2013–14, he has the record of most away goals scored in Champions League history with 42 goals, he has most consecutive UEFA Champions League away games scored in 12 overall, he has most wins in the UEFA Champions League Knockout phase grabbing 29 wins, he is with most braces scored in the UEFA Champions League totalling to 20, he has most European Golden Shoe awards holding 4 of those, he has most UEFA Team of the Year appearances with 10 times, he has most consecutive appearances in the UEFA Team of the Year showing at 9 incidents for the years 2007 to 2015, he is the only player to appear in more than position in the UEFA Team of the Year, he is the only player to be among the finalists for all the editions of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for the years 2010–11 to 2015–16, he is the fastest player to score 350 goals for one club only playing in 335 games, he is the most UEFA Best Player in Europe awards winning 3 times for the years 2008, 2014 and 2016 sharing this honour with Lionel Messi.
List of Records in Spain to his name
While playing in Spain he has very impressive track record. With 30 to his name he has the most hat-tricks in La Liga history, he is the fastest La Liga player to score 150 league goals merely appearing in 140 games, he is the fastest La Liga player to score 200 league goals playing only in 178 games, he is the fastest player to reach 300 official club goals, he is the most goals scorer in Madrid Derby matches scoring 18 goals, with 6 matches to his name he is the most consecutive Clásico matches scorer, he has the best scoring start in a Spanish league season with 15 goals in eight rounds, he is the fastest footballer to score 20 league goals while playing in 12 games (he missed one game due to injury), he is the only player to reach 30 goals in six consecutive La Liga seasons, he has the most teams scored against in a season (2012–13) with 19 sharing the honour with Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he has the most La Liga hat-tricks in a season scoring 8 of those, sharing this honour with Lionel Messi, he has the most hat-tricks scored in all competitions that totals to be 36.
- All time top goal scorer for Real Madrid
Another cool fact about him is that he holds the record of being all time top goal scorer for the famous Spanish club Real Madrid scoring 376 outstanding goals. He has been an integral part of the club and has shown consistent performance of scoring goals.
- Top goal scorer in La Liga
Another outstanding fact about him is that, he holds the record of scoring most goals in La Liga. Whenever he comes to the field of La Liga matches, it is literally a treat to watch him. He makes look scoring goal so easy that no one else does it that way. With 270 marvellous goals scored he holds the title of becoming top goal scorer.
- Most hat tricks scored in Real Madrid’s history
Another amazing fact about him is that, he holds the most hat-tricks scored in Real Madrid’s history. Whenever, he comes to the field wearing Real Madrid’s jersey he has a habit of scoring back to back goals. With 38 hat – tricks to his name he holds the title of scoring most hat – trick by any Real Madrid player in the club’s history.
- Record goal scorer in UEFA Champions League
Another impressive and interesting Cristiano Ronaldo fact is that, he holds another great record of scoring most goals in UEFA Champions League. He has a habit of scoring goals in this prestigious football competition while representing his club. With 78 goals to his name he tops the list of most goals scored.
- Records for Real Madrid
While representing Real Madrid he made outstanding records including, he is the fastest player to reach 50 league goals, he is the fastest player to reach 100 league goals, he is the fastest player to reach 200 official goals, he is the fastest player to reach 250 official goals, he is the most goals scorer in seven consecutive league matches scoring 15 goals, he is the first player to score in eight consecutive match days and he has the honour of being Real Madrid Record Goal scorer in European Competitions with 80 spectacular goals.