CRISTIANO RONALDO from POrtugal.Greatly admired by Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United FC manager had no hesitation in handing this tricky and unpredictable winger the No7 shirt vacated by David Beckham in summer 2003.
Name: CRISTIANO RONALDO
Date of birth: 5 February 1985
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Current Club: Manchester United (ENG)
Int'l Goals: 11 (as of 30-May-2006)
Int'l Caps: 31 (as of 30-May-2006)
First Int'l Cap: Portugal v. Kazakhstan (20-Aug-2003)
Detail: Greatly admired by Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United FC manager had no hesitation in handing this tricky and unpredictable winger the No7 shirt vacated by David Beckham in summer 2003.
Having played for Portugal at the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and at U18 and U21 level, Cristiano Ronaldo made his full debut in August 2003, coming on in the second half of a 1-0 victory against Kazakhstan and went on to establish himself as a regular as UEFA EURO 2004™ approached. His finals displays earned the winger a place in the All-Star Squad and Portugal a spot in the final, although Ronaldo could not add to his two goals as Greece prevailed. Subsequently competed at the Athens Olympics and has continued to appear - and score - regularly in FIFA World Cup qualifying, including two in a 7-1 win against Russia.
Born in Madeira in August 1985, Ronaldo joined Sporting Clube de Portugal from CD Nacional in 1997. Made his debut for the Lisbon club against FC Internazionale Milano in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, and went on to make 25 appearances - starting eleven of them - in his only season at Sporting. Joined United on 13 August 2003 for €17.5m, a world-record fee for a teenager.
2003: Took a while to adapt to English football but overall enjoyed a promising debut season in the Premiership, making 29 appearances. Ronaldo capped his season by dazzling in the FA Cup final, opening the scoring in the victory against Millwall FC.
2004/05: As he matures, Ronaldo continues to improve, and again ended the season with an excellent FA Cup final performance. Although United lost on penalties to Arsenal, he scoring a cool spot-kick in the shoot-out.
Did you know?
Ronaldo was named after the late American president Ronald Reagan.