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Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 7
  • Date of birth: 5 February, 1985 (25 years old)
  • Height: 6'0" (184cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
4 Cristiano Ronaldo
9|12 Cristiano Ronaldo
0 As substitute
22|29 Total Portugal
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
4 Total Portugal
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
1 Cristiano Ronaldo
1 Cristiano Ronaldo
7 Total Portugal
6 Total Portugal
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
1|7 Cristiano Ronaldo
1|0 Cristiano Ronaldo
57|42 Total Portugal
8|1 Total Portugal
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Portugal games played

  1. Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal
    Tuesday, 15 June Match report
  2. Portugal 7-0 North Korea
    Monday, 21 June Match report
  3. Portugal 0-0 Brazil
    Friday, 25 June Match report
  4. Spain 1-0 Portugal
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report

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It is hard to imagine anything Cristiano Ronaldo does going under the radar, but while Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been grabbing the headlines and accolades, Real Madrid’s world-record signing has been as prolific as ever.

Although Madrid’s quest to win La Liga ultimately fell short, he still scored 33 goals in 35 games during an injury-hit season.

He arrived at the Bernabeu following 118 goals in 292 appearances in six years at Manchester United and in 2008 alone he won the Premier League, Champions League, Ballon d’Or, the Golden Boot, the Fifa World Player award, the FIFPro award, and the Uefa Club Forward of the Year bauble.

Quite an achievement given his humble upbringing on the island of Madeira.

But once scouts from Sporting Lisbon had spotted him he was fast tracked at an incredible rate and is still the only player in the club’s history to be promoted through four academy teams and make his debut with the first team in one season.

He will be hoping this World Cup provides less infamy than in Germany 2006, where his part in getting Wayne Rooney sent off following his United team-mate’s stamp on Ricardo Carvalho in the quarter-final saw him vilified by England fans.

He scored seven goals in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup and eight ahead of Euro 2008, but remarkably failed to score a single goal during qualifying for South Africa.

Coach Carlos Queiroz first saw Ronaldo play at the age of 15 at Sporting’s Academia de Alcochete and says he was the most talented youngster he had ever seen: “I saw them all as boys, Figo and Rui Costa as young as 13, and their talent stood out. But Ronaldo was unique. There was something different about him, even then.”

Queiroz coached Ronaldo when they were both at Man Utd, helping him hone his trademark free-kicks.

His dedication to his art always impressed Queiroz as he put in hour-upon-hour of extra effort: “That is what makes him a pleasure - I always say he motivates the coaches, not the other way around.” He is reportedly going to be paid £900,000 for three hours work at the A:3K event at the O2 Arena on 17 July.

A dedicated follower of fashion, he appeared on the front cover of June’s issue of Vanity Fair magazine in his underpants and is also a model for Giorgio Armani.

Ronaldo is actually his middle name and he was given it by his father in honour of his favourite actor, the future US President Ronald Reagan.

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