6 Things You Didn’t Know About Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
He was named after Ronald Reagan
Cristiano Ronaldo’s dad was a huge fan of Ronald Reagan when he was an actor. He named his son Ronaldo after the then movie star who later became the United State President.
Ronaldo’s Real Madrid presentation is unarguably the most-attended in world football history. Over 80,000 fans gathered in the Santiago Bernabeau stadium to witness his introduction to the club breaking the record previously held by Argentine legend, Diego Maradona for whom 75,000 fans gathered on his Napoli unveiling in 1984. Ronaldo’s 2009 Real Madrid unveiling record remains unbroken to this day.
Cristiano Ronaldo was expelled from school aged 14. According to Ronaldo’s claims about the incident, the teacher disrespected him which made him lose his temper, throwing a chair at the teacher in the process.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s football career almost came to an end when he was 15 years old. The teenager was diagnosed with a racing heart. A laser operation conducted in time saved his career and he was able to continue playing football afterward.
At the time of his 12.24 Million Pounds move to Manchester United in 2003, he was the most expensive teenager in English football history. Though the record no longer stands, it was a groundbreaking sum for a teenage footballer in that period.
C. Ronaldo is the first-ever Portuguese to play for English giants, Manchester United.