He became the first player that won FIFA's Pukas Award, this is an honorary award given to best goal of a season. The goal was against FC Porto in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions league where he scored from almost 40 yards.
The Portuguese winger has more Twitter followers than any other athlete in the world.
...He however won the European Golden Shoe award again and became the very first player that won the award in two different leagues.
His name, Ronaldo, comes from the actor Ronald Regan, who was a favorite of his father.
The Madridista forward made his international debut on 20 August 2003 against Kazakhstan and has since become the captain of Portugal, who he led into action in the 2010 World Cup.
...he's the most costly player in the history of soccer after transferring from Manchester United Football club to Real Madrid Football club.
In 2008 Ronaldo scored 42 goals for Manchester United and was named the FIFA World Player of the Year, which set the stage for his remarkable purchase by Real Madrid in June of 2009. The Spanish club paid a fee of 94 million Euro, or nearly 132 million US dollars, to acquire Ronaldo from Manchester.
Gerard Houllier – the former Liverpool manager – noticed Ronaldo and his skills when he was only sixteen. At that time, however, Liverpool did not intend to sign him, as they thought Ronald was quite young and needed to develop his skills a bit more. Then, in the summer of 2003, Ronaldo caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson – the Manchester United Manager – when Sporting defeated his team.
Ronaldo was a prodigy in Portuguese youth leagues and joined his boyhood team, Sporting Lisbon, in 2002 at age 17.
One of Ronaldo's first big professional successes was helping Manchester United capture the FA Cup championship in 2004 by scoring three goals in a game.
The turning point of his career was a brilliant performance during a friendly against Manchester United in 2001.
He has two elder sisters, Liliana Catia and Elma, as well as an elder brother, Hugo.
Born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro on February 5, 1985 in Madeira, Portugal, a small island off the western coast of the country.