Cristiano Ronaldo wears his name proudly. However, most are unaware that Cristiano’s last name is not Ronaldo but dos Santos Aveiro. The legend’s middle name, Ronaldo, has an extraordinarily peculiar and somewhat funny history.
Cristiano was born when Ronald Regan was president in the United States. When he was an actor, his parents were fans of Regan and were impressed by Ronald’s “strong sounding” name. They decided to christen the infant as “Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro”!
Keeping It Real Madrid
After captaining Manchester United and leading a bountiful season, Cristiano quit while he was ahead and decided to pursue opportunities with other clubs, intending to join the ranks of Real Madrid specifically. Manchester United was, expectedly, not going to let their star player go without a fight and decided to lay a complaint with FIFA against Real Madrid with accusations of poaching.
FIFA head, Sepp Blatter, snapped back and said any player should be permitted to change clubs at will.
Cristiano’s Sweet Tooth
As you know, the star jumped ship from Manchester United to Real Madrid. An interviewer asked Ronaldo what he would miss the most after leaving the United Kingdom. The totally unexpected response came in the form of “apple crumble and custard”!
While being renowned for healthy eating habits, Cristiano developed a deep passion for the English dessert. Some say his sweet tooth grew while he was a resident in the United Kingdom. The real juicy story here, though, is the fact that he did not mention any players!
You’ve Got a Friend in Me
When you are a world-famous football player with every resource and convenience at your disposal, how do you best show your love and admiration for your friends? By buying an entire island for them in the Greek Isles, of course!
Close confidante and agent of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorge Mendes, requested that Cristiano be the best man at his wedding. Cristiano took the gesture so to heart that he bought Jorge a wedding gift in the form of a private island. Wouldn't you want to be Ronaldo's friend?
A Ph.D. in Cristiano Ronaldo
No, Cristiano Ronaldo does not have a university degree. A university in Canada, the University of British Columbia Okanagan, offers, of all things, a course on the man himself. Yes, the life and times of Cristiano Ronaldo is part of an elective for sociology students.
Admittedly, it has less to do with the player himself and more about the “sociological relevance of social phenomena like organized sport and the forces that create a global athlete.” Still, we bet many football fans take this class regardless.