You can,t talk football  in this century and not talk about Ronaldo. definitely one of the most successful sportsmen of our time, Cristiano Ronaldo has proved beyond doubt why he has been classified as a living legend. But apart from Ronaldo being a great player and sportsman, what else do you know about the Legend. Here are 8 awesome facts about Cristiano Ronaldo you probably didn’t know.

1. C.Ronaldo Never Wanted The Number 7 Jersey

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After joining Manchester United back in 2002/03, Ronaldo was offered the number 7 shirt. However, he was too worried about the pressure that the shirt, worn by club legends like Johnny Berry, George Best, Steve Coppell, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham, came along with.

“After I joined, the manager asked me what number I’d like,” he said. “I said 28.

“But Ferguson said, ‘No, you’re going to have No. 7’ and the famous shirt was an extra source of motivation. I was forced to live up to such an honour.”

He was later given the same number at Real Madrid when long-serving club captain Raul Gonzales left the club for Schalke.


2.  Ronaldo was once arrested on charges of rape

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A month after his father’s death in 2005, Cristiano Ronaldo was taken into custody after being accused of raping a woman at a London hotel. But, very soon he was soon granted bail by Scotland Yard due to lack of evidence to pursue a case against him. The charges were subsequently dropped a month later.

“I have been notified that the police investigation has been closed and no action will be taken against me in relation to the allegations made previously,” Ronaldo later said about the incident.

“I have always strongly maintained my innocence of any wrong-doing and I am glad that this matter is at an end so that I can concentrate on playing for Manchester United.”

3 Ronaldo’s footballing career almost ended when he was 15

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Cristiano Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart when he was 15, something that could have forced the Ballon d’Or winner to retire even before his football career started. He was representing Sporting CP then, and the staff were made aware of the situation.

“His heart raced a lot when he wasn’t running,” Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro revealed.

“They used a sort of laser to cauterise the source of the problem. He was operated on in the morning and came out at the end of the afternoon.”

The surgery was successful and he was discharged from hospital by the end of the afternoon.

“Before we knew exactly what he had, I was worried because there was the possibility of him giving up playing football. But the treatment went well and after a few days he was back in training again.”

4 Ronaldo wasn’t good enough for Liverpool

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Back in 2003, Liverpool were on the verge of signing Ronaldo before his move to Manchester United for £12.2 million from Sporting. Former Liverpool manager, Gerard Houllier had admitted to have watched him play, but due to a lack of funds and lack of interest, talks broke down.

“I saw him in the Toulon Under-21 tournament and we went for him, but we had a wage scale and we weren’t paying the sort of salary he wanted,” he explained.

“Then Manchester United played a friendly against Sporting Lisbon and all their boys said to Sir Alex Ferguson, ‘You have to sign him’. But I agreed with not breaking the wage structure. I thought it would cause problems in our dressing room.”

We suspect things worked out for the best. Ronaldo hardly ever talks about Liverpool and the man who is driven by sheer ambition has a comment about every football related thing in the world. So there must be some animosity that still exists.


5 It was Ronaldo’s mother who called him a cry-baby first

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Often accused of being a play-actor on the pitch, Ronaldo’s history with bad name-calling is quite a common norm these days. Rival fans taunt him in several ways; ‘Cry-baby’ being one of them.

But, surprisingly, it was the player’s own mother who nicknamed him ‘Cry-baby’. Not the supporters.

His mother, Dolores Aveiro revealed: “He was nicknamed ‘Cry-baby’. He cried and got angry very easily if a teammate didn’t pass him the ball, if he or someone else missed a goal or a pass, or if the team wasn’t playing how he wanted.”

6 Ronaldo was expelled from school for throwing a chair at the teacher

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Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the popular kids at school, however, his reputation didn’t help him when he was expelled after throwing a chair at his teacher who made fun of his Madeiran accent and mocked his family’s financial status.

“I was not thick but I was not interested in school,” he admitted. “I was expelled after I threw a chair at the teacher. He disrespected me.”

7 Cristiano Ronaldo is everything but selfish

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Often accused of being a selfish player, he is often mistaken to be a person who is arrogant and full of ego; which is not the case.

He has always been involved with fund-raising NGOs and has even donated £100,000 to a hospital back in 200 so that they could build a cancer centre in his native island of Madeira. In addition, he had once sold his golden boot, that he had won in 2011 for €1.5m.

He later used the money to fund schools for children in Gaza. He is also an ambassador to ‘Save the Children’ and ‘The Mangrove Care Forum’ in Indonesia.

8. Cristiano admits that he owes his lucky break to one of his closest friends,Albert Fantrau.

“I have to thank my friend Albert for my success. We played together for a youth club. When people from Sporting (Lisbon) arrived, they told us that whoever scored more goals would be accepted to their Academy. We won that game 3-0, I scored the first goal, the Albert scored a header, and the third was a goal that impressed everyone. Albert went to one on one with the goalkeeper. I was running next to him, he went round the keeper, all he needed to do was just to get the ball into the empty net. But, he passed it to me and I scored. I was accepted to the Academy. After the match, I approached him and asked him “why” and he answered; “You’re better than me”. Several years later, the journalist went to Albert’s house and asked whether the story was true. He confirmed. He also said that his career as a football player finished after that match and he is now unemployed. “But where did you get such a gorgeous house, a car? You seemed to be a rich person. You also maintain your family … .. Where is all this from?.” Albert proudly replied; it’s from Cristiano.

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