Ronaldo's second given name was chosen after then-U.S.
president Ronald Reagan, who was his father's favourite
He grew up in poverty, sharing a room with his brother
Ronaldo's favourite boyhood team was Benfica.
At the age of 8, he played for amateur team Andorinha,
where his father was the kit man.
He became the only player ever to play for Sporting's
U-16, U-17, U-18, B-team, and first team, all within
He opened his first fashion boutique under the name
"CR7" (his initials and shirt number) on
the island of Madeira, Portugal in 2006. Ronaldo expanded
his business with a second clothes boutique in Lisbon
At Manchester United his number 7 shirt was previously
worn by players such as George Best, Bryan Robson,
Eric Cantona, and David Beckham. At Real Madrid Ronaldo
was handed the No. 7 jersey with the departure of
Raúl during the summer of 2010.
In August 2010, Ronaldo reached 10 million fans on
Facebook and in doing so made history by becoming
the first non-American personality ever to achieve
that kind of success on the social networking site.