PROFILE: CRISTIANO RONALDO

PROFILE: CRISTIANO RONALDO Full Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro Birth date: February 5, 1985 Birthplace: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Height: 184cm Playing position: Left/right winger, striker First club: Sporting Lisbon Career debut: 1999 vs Moreirense Current club: Manchester United International team: Portugal International debut: August 20, 2003 vs Kazakhstan Cristiano Ronaldo started playing competitive football at 8-year-old for amateur club Andorinha, and then for local team CD Nacional when he was 10. He then move to one of Portugal’s largest football clubs, Sporting Lisbon in 1996. Ronaldo trained in the youth team before playing his first senior game for Sporting in 1999 against Moreirense, and scored a double on his debut. Ronaldo played for Portugal’s youth side in the UEFA U-17 Championships and drew attention internationally. Liverpool under manager Gérard Houllier back then was reported to have interest in signing Ronaldo, but it was Manchester United that made the move in 2003 to fill the void of departed David Beckham. Ronaldo’s signature came after Sporting Lisbon beat Manchester United 3–1 in a friendly; on the way back to England the United players spoke enthusiastically about the young winger and suggested manager Sir Alex livescore toto Ferguson to secure his signature, which they did. Ronaldo made his memorable debut for Manchester United as a substitute against Bolton. His 30 minutes performances created hype with United fans and the English media with his dazzling dribbles. Ronaldo’s first two seasons at United received mixed reviews; despite praised for his skills, Ronaldo was often being criticized for lack of consistency and poor decision making on the field. However his consistency level has been...