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Cristiano Ronaldo Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 11:02 AM EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo shows his frustration as he tries to get his team back into the Champions League final.
Cristiano Ronaldo shows his frustration as he tries to get his team back into the Champions League final.

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Birth Date: February 5, 1985

Birth Place: Funchal, Portugal

Birth Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Father: Jose Dinis Aveiro, a gardener

Mother: Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, a cook

Children: Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., June 17, 2010 (mother's name unavailable publicly)

Other Facts:
Portugal's all-time top international scorer with 50 goals while playing for the Portugal national team.

Played for Manchester United and currently plays for Real Madrid.

Won the Ballon d'Or, footballer of the year award, twice (2008 and 2013) and the European Golden Shoe three times.

Highest paid footballer in the world, earning $73 million in 2013.

One of his more recent acts of charity was paying for the brain surgery of a 10-month-old boy. Other acts have including raising money for the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and paying for treatment for a 9-year-old cancer patient.

His father named him after Ronald Reagan.

Early 1990s - Joins local amateur team Andorinha.

Late 1990s - Joins Clube Desportivo (C.D.) Nacional da Madeira, one of Portugal's leading professional football clubs.

Early 2000s - Signs with Sporting Clube de Portugal.

August 12, 2003 - Signs with Manchester United for £12.24 million, or $19.7 million.

August 20, 2003 - Debuts for Portugal's national team.

June-July 2004 - Represents Portugal in the UEFA Euro and scores a goal in the tournament opener. This is his first major international tournament.

July 2004 - Plays for Portugal during the Summer Olympics. Portugal is eliminated in the group stage.

2005 - Wins the FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year award.

October 2005 - Comes under investigation for an alleged sexual assault, but is not charged.

June 17, 2006 - Scores his first World Cup goal against Iran. Portugal wins 2-0.

2008 - Wins the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

March 2008 - Breaks the Manchester United goals for a right wing in a season with his 33rd goal. He ends the season with 42 goals.

2009 - Transfers to Real Madrid. The deal has a £80 million (more than $130 million) transfer fee.

July 3, 2010 - Announces that he has become a father. The baby was born on June 17th.

June 2010 - Gains his own statue at Madame Tussauds in time for the 2010 World Cup.

August 2010 - Gains his 10 millionth fan on Facebook, making him the first non-American celebrity to gain that many fans.

October 15, 2012 - Hits 50 million Facebook fans.

November 2012 - Launches CR7, his clothing line, with Nike.

December 15,2013 - Opens a museum dedicated to his football career in his hometown of Funchal, Portugal.

January 6, 2014 - Scores 400th career goal.

January 20, 2014 - Is named Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry.