When Cristiano Ronaldo moved over to Real Madrid, his first performance at the world-famous Santiago Bernabéu Stadium drew in crowds that shattered even attendance for Maradona’s games. Walking onto the pitch, the beaming Cristiano was greeted by the roar of around eighty thousand fans, falling just short of the 81,000 seat capacity the stadium holds.
Diego Maradona held the previous record for fan attendance, who drew in a crowd of 75,000 spectators.
The young Cristiano Ronaldo could have hardly imagined living the life he lives now. Born into an impoverished family, with his father working as a gardener and maintenance man and his mother working as a cook and maid, the family often found it hard to make ends meet.
Cristiano and his three other siblings had no choice but to share a single bedroom. He inherited all of his clothes as hand-me-downs from his older brother, Hugo.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a heart problem that almost put an end to his athletic aspirations. Tachycardia is a relatively common heart condition that causes the afflicted heart to beat rapidly, frequently in excess of one hundred beats per minute.
While generally not fatal, the physical demands of being a football player would have caused long-term issues. Cristiano underwent a routine operation at 15 to prevent tachycardia. The operation was successful and Cristiano was back on the football pitch within two days!
Goals Goals Goals
Back in 2006, Ronaldo scored his first World cup goal while playing against Iran. This would be the first of many! The powerhouse would go on to score 42 goals during the 2007/2008 season.
It is no wonder why this man has made a name for himself in the game. In 2008, Ronaldo scored his first hat trick (three goals in one match). This would not be his final one; in fact, he would hold 58 by the end of 2021.
Player of the Year
Ronaldo was the first Manchester United player to hold the coveted Ballon d’Or since George Best. But wait, there’s more. He was also named FIFA World Player of the year. Ronaldo was the first Premier League player to be awarded this honor.
It seems like the accolades pour in faster than any of us can keep up! A strike from 40-yards away got him the FIFA Puskas Award. This was awarded to highlight the best goal of the year!