Two clubs followed Ronaldo very closely. One was, of course, Manchester United. They would sign him, and that would be that. But there was another team that had their eye on him — Arsenal! They sadly lost their chance to sign the champ.
Ronaldo confirmed the rumors in an interview with Piers Morgan. He said that he was very close to wearing an Arsenal jersey. He also said that he has a lot of respect for Arsene Wenger.
So how many goals has this football superstar scored internationally? In 2021, Ronaldo scored an incredible brace playing Ireland at Estadio Algarve, Portugal, during the World Cup Qualifiers. This earned him the Top International Goal-Scorer in the history of football.
He was also featured in the Guinness Book of Records for this achievement. Ronaldo has over 800 Fifa goals. He currently holds the title of the player with the most goals in the history of the game.
Ronaldo's in Hospitality
Is there a business Ronaldo can't be found in? He’s also in the hotel business. After teaming up with Portuguese tourism and leisure company Pestana, he established four Pestana CR7 Hotels. One of which is in the Portuguese Capital in Lisbon and another in Funchal, Madeira — his hometown.
Guests of the Madeira hotel can visit the CR7 museum free of charge. Ronaldo opened another hotel in Madrid and another in New York Times Square. Pretty cool, right?
First Portuguese Red Devil
Yep, that’s right. When Ronaldo signed with Manchester United in 2003, he became the first Portuguese player to join the Red Devils. This was when he received the number 7 jersey, which had previously been worn by Eric Cantona, George Best, and David Beckham.
Ronaldo was only a teenager when he joined Man United, who forked out £12 million for Ronaldo. Later Luis Nani, Bebe Tiago, Joel Pereira would follow suit.
What’s a billionaire without a yacht? We saw this coming — the football star celebrated his second Serie A title by splurging on a superyacht! The price tag? $7 million! Ronaldo selected a 27-meter boat.
It features five cabins, six bathrooms, a large kitchen, and two living areas. Images of his family enjoying the luxury yacht while off the coast of Celle Ligure were seen all over Instagram. What a life!