The young Cristiano Ronaldo could have hardly imagined living the life he lives now. Born into an impoverished family, with his father working as a gardener and maintenance man and his mother working as a cook and maid, the family often found it hard to make ends meet.
Cristiano and his three other siblings had no choice but to share a single bedroom. He inherited all of his clothes as hand-me-downs from his older brother, Hugo.
You’ve Got a Friend in Me
When you are a world-famous football player with every resource and convenience at your disposal, how do you best show your love and admiration for your friends? By buying an entire island for them in the Greek Isles, of course!
Close confidante and agent of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorge Mendes, requested that Cristiano be the best man at his wedding. Cristiano took the gesture so to heart that he bought Jorge a wedding gift in the form of a private island. Wouldn't you want to be Ronaldo's friend?
A Ph.D. in Cristiano Ronaldo
No, Cristiano Ronaldo does not have a university degree. A university in Canada, the University of British Columbia Okanagan, offers, of all things, a course on the man himself. Yes, the life and times of Cristiano Ronaldo is part of an elective for sociology students.
Admittedly, it has less to do with the player himself and more about the “sociological relevance of social phenomena like organized sport and the forces that create a global athlete.” Still, we bet many football fans take this class regardless.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a heart problem that almost put an end to his athletic aspirations. Tachycardia is a relatively common heart condition that causes the afflicted heart to beat rapidly, frequently in excess of one hundred beats per minute.
While generally not fatal, the physical demands of being a football player would have caused long-term issues. Cristiano underwent a routine operation at 15 to prevent tachycardia. The operation was successful and Cristiano was back on the football pitch within two days!
When Cristiano Ronaldo moved over to Real Madrid, his first performance at the world-famous Santiago Bernabéu Stadium drew in crowds that shattered even attendance for Maradona’s games. Walking onto the pitch, the beaming Cristiano was greeted by the roar of around eighty thousand fans, falling just short of the 81,000 seat capacity the stadium holds.
Diego Maradona held the previous record for fan attendance, who drew in a crowd of 75,000 spectators.