Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in modern football. There are many speaking points about the Portuguese star who has literally won everything during his playing career. There are many well-known facts about him, but you may have still missed some of them. We have collected the TOP 5 facts about Ronaldo.
1. He could join Juventus instead of Manchester United in 2003
The Portuguese youngster who was thinking about leaving Portugal in 2003 could have moved to Italy instead of England. Sporting Lisbon directors had already reached an agreement with Juventus and as a compensation, Juventus had not only to pay a significant amount of money but also to transfer Marcelo Salas to the opposite direction. Ronaldo had passed the medical tests and even packed his luggage when the Turin-based side called to Sporting and told that Salas decided to reject the move to Portugal. The contract was canceled and Ronaldo transferred to Manchester United weeks later.
2. Ronaldo was named after former US president Ronald Reagan
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. This is Ronaldo’s full name. His second name was given after the US president Ronald Reagan. It may seem a strange choice, and the initiator of this idea was Cristiano’s father who was a big fan of Reagan’s talent. It’s a well-known fact, that Reagan was a Hollywood star before he runs for the presidency.
3. Taboo on tattoos
Everybody knows that Ronaldo is strictly following his body shape and his look. Many people even say that he spends more time on his body than on football. And the most interesting thing is that he doesn’t have any tattoos. An explanation to this surely exists. Ronaldo is a blood donor. He has even become the face of Red Cross and shoot a social advertisement with a slogan “I don’t have tattoos because I cannot be a donor if I have them”.
4. Heart surgery
For his successful sporting career, Ronaldo owes not only to his talent and hard work but also to Sporting Lisbon doctors. A tachycardia (heart rhythm disorder) was detected when he was just 15 years old. Even thought about becoming a professional player could have killed him given the fact of this kind of a heart problem. However, the professional approach and the fast reaction of the medical staff let him not only overcome the illness but also become the player that he is now.
5. Ronaldo threw a chair at his teacher
Ronaldo moved to his home city of Madeira in 1997, where he had to continue his education in Sporting academy. He was in middle school then. Ronaldo was popular with other students at school – but not with the teachers. He was even expelled from school at the age of 14 when he threw a chair at his teacher after the latter disrespected him and made fun of him.