20 Amazing Facts You Might Not Know About Cristiano Ronaldo

1/20. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was named after his father’s favorite actor and former American President, Ronald Reagan.

2/20. Unlike his heavily-inked teammates, Ronaldo refuses to get tattoos because he wants to be able to continue donating blood (many countries make you wait a considerable amount of time between getting a tattoo and donating).

3/20. Ronaldos path to success has been characterized by hardship. He was born into a poor, working class family who lived in a roofed shack on a small, Western island in Portugal. His father was a gardener and his mother worked as a cook and cleaning lady.

4/20. Ronaldos first taste of the game was through his father, who sometimes worked as an equipment manager at a boys club.

5/20. Ronaldo is notorious for his sensitivity, and was even nicknamed cry-baby when he was little. According to his mother, he would take it very personally when he would pass the ball to another player and they wouldnt score. This caused young Ronaldo to burst into tears on the field.

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6/20. Ronaldo does not drink alcohol, and not just because he has to stay fit. His father died in his early 50s from complications related to alcoholism, so Ronaldo chooses to stay away from it altogether.

7/20. Ronaldo was expelled from school when he was fourteen years old for throwing a chair at his teacher. Allegedly, it was because he felt as though his teacher disrespected him.

8/20. The soccer player has an incredibly impressive vertical, able to reach about 78 cm off the ground – 7 cm higher than the average NBA player. This incredible ability has allowed Ronaldo to achieve some of the most amazing headers the sport has ever seen.

9/20. Ronaldo has a fashion boutique based out of his hometown, Madeira, Portugal. Its called CR7, a combination of his initials and jersey number.

10/20. When he was 15 years old, Ronaldo found out he had a heart condition that could jeopardize his soccer career. It was called racing heart, but luckily, with the help of laser surgery, the doctors were able to cauterize the area of his heart that was causing the problem.

11/20. The University of British Columbia-Okanagan in Canada offers a sociology course on Cristiano Ronaldo.

12/20. In July 2010, Ronaldo had a son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. He never revealed who the mother was and has full custody of his son.

13/20. Over his career, Ronaldo has scored a goal in every minute of the 90-minute soccer game. He has scored an impressive 20 goals in the 90th minute, making him one of the deadliest scorers in the game.

14/20. When he was a teenager, Ronaldo put himself through challenging, rigorous workouts to become the best soccer player he could be. When he went to the gym, he would put weights on either foot before dribbling the soccer ball. He thought that this would improve his dribbling technique since without the weights he would move even faster.

15/20. People knew that Ronaldo would be a soccer phenomenon when he was only eleven years old. According to Paulo Cardoso, his first coach at Sporting Lisbon, “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.”

16/20. The speed of Ronaldos free kick is a whopping 130km/hour, or 31.1m/second.

17/20. Ronaldo is currently the highest paid soccer player in the world.

18/20. In 2008, Ronaldo scored a record 42 goals. This earned him the FIFA World Player Of The Year Award.

19/20. Ronaldo signed to Manchester United in 2003 at the ripe, young age of 18. He was the franchises first ever player from Portugal.

20/20. Alongside Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is considered the best soccer player in the world of his generation.