Cristiano Ronaldo’s 35th birthday: He is the youngest child of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro

Cristiano Ronaldo made 35 years on Wednesday, February 2020 but the superstar continues to make wonders both at his club Juventus and national team Portugal.

In this article, Herman Nnyanzi brought you some of the facts about Ronaldo’s childhood life.

His full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, but he goes by Cristiano Ronaldo, he was born on February 5, 1985 in Madeira, Portugal.

He got the name ‘Ronaldo’ after former USA president Ronald Reagan, who was his father’s favorite actor.

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The young Cristiano Ronaldo

He is the youngest child of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro a cook, and José Dinis Aveiro, a municipal gardener, he has one older brother, Hugo, and two older sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia.

He grew up poor and said he shared a bedroom with his siblings. At the age of eight, Ronaldo played for amateur team Andorinha, where his father was the kits man.

Ronaldo was nicknamed ‘cry-baby’ as a child according to his mother Dolores Aveiro.

“He used to cry when he passed and his friends didn’t score. People called him ‘cry-baby’ and ‘little bee’ because nobody could catch him,” Dolores said.

“When he got home from school I’d tell him to do homework but he’d say he didn’t have any. I’d be making dinner and he would jump out of the window and run off until late,” she added.

He was popular with other students at school, but he was expelled at the age of 14 after he threw a chair at his teacher. Ronaldo said the reason he did it was that the teacher disrespected him.

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Ronaldo with his childhood friend

Despite it being a negative thing, it turned into a great turning point in his life, his mother then encouraged him to focus all his attention on soccer which he did and turned him into an international sensation.

The former Manchester United superstar signed with local club Nacional in 1995 and after a title-winning campaign, he went on a three-day trial with Sporting CP who subsequently signed him for an undisclosed sum.

“When he got the ball he went past two or three players. At the end of the game, the players gathered around him, they knew he was a special kid,” Paulo Cardoso, his first coach at Sporting Lisbon said.

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Ronaldo with his mother

At the age of 15, Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart, a condition that might have forced him to give up playing football.

He had an operation in which a laser was used to cauterize the area of his heart that was causing the problem. The surgery took place in the morning and Ronaldo was discharged from hospital by the end of the afternoon he resumed training that same evening with supervision from his father.

He became the first sporting CP player to play in the under-16, under-17, under-18, B-team and first team in the same season.

The five-time ballon dor winner’s representative spoke with the then-Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier and Barcelona president Joan Laporta on signing him.

Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Sporting Lisbon
Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also met with Ronaldo to discuss a possible transfer but it was Sir Alex Ferguson who was impressed by Ronaldo’s performance in a 3-1 defeat of Manchester United in August 2003.

Ferguson was further pressurized to sign him permanently after United’s plan to sign him for a year before loaning him back to Sporting CP, United paid 12.24 million pounds in exchange for him.

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