Ronaldo’s lengthy name
Many football fans only know him as Cristiano Ronaldo, however, when you dig deeper, you will find his name is a little longer. His actual name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. You may have known that, but what you may not have known is he was named after Ronald Regan, a former U.S President who was greatly loved by Ronaldo’s father.
2. His birthday and family background
Cristiano Ronaldo was born on 5th February 1985. He was born into a family of four as the last born. His father Jose, was a gardener and the footballer recollects his father was a heavy drinker. His mother, Maria was a cook and a cleaner, and she would work until late night so as to provide for her children and family.
3. Little Bee
Growing up, Ronaldo didn’t have the catchiest of nicknames. He was referred to by two popular nicknames, ‘crybaby’ and ‘little bee’. The former was because he would more often than not cry if things didn’t go his way. When other kids would fight on the pitch, Ronaldo would result in tears as his favorite conflict resolution method. The latter nickname was because he was as quick as a bee when he was playing football. Very little has changed, as few would match his skill and speed when he has the ball.
4. A friend in need
This one is not really about Ronaldo -at least not directly, but without this fact, you might never have heard about him.
Ronaldo has accredited his success to Albert Fantrau. In his younger years, Albert was admitted to a football academy, however, he turned it down and Ronaldo was taken into the academy. When Ronaldo was asked Alfred why he refused the intake position, he simply responded, “You’re better than me.” The rest, as they say, is history.
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5. A clean body and a giving heart
Football today has been marked by stars who have inked their bodies in tattoos, from the likes of Dani Alves and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo has no single tattoo on his body and doesn’t plan on having any in the foreseeable future.
Above and beyond the aforementioned, Ronaldo is a devout blood donor. This could explain why he has no tattoos as the Red Cross guidelines stipulate that one should not donate blood at least four months after getting a tattoo.
Moreover, CR7 has donated his bone marrow in a bid to help his teammate Carlos Martins’ son.