It sounds like a spy name but is actually a nickname for Ronaldo. The name is a mash-up of his initials and his preferred number. Renaldo received this numbered shirt when he joined Manchester United. Later in his career, he swapped his number 17 for number 7.
Everyone knows 7 is a lucky number. But could this be the secret to his success? Probably not, but it makes for a cool-sounding nickname!
Goals Goals Goals
Back in 2006, Ronaldo scored his first World cup goal while playing against Iran. This would be the first of many! The powerhouse would go on to score 42 goals during the 2007/2008 season.
It is no wonder why this man has made a name for himself in the game. In 2008, Ronaldo scored his first hat trick (three goals in one match). This would not be his final one; in fact, he would hold 58 by the end of 2021.
Player of the Year
Ronaldo was the first Manchester United player to hold the coveted Ballon d’Or since George Best. But wait, there’s more. He was also named FIFA World Player of the year. Ronaldo was the first Premier League player to be awarded this honor.
It seems like the accolades pour in faster than any of us can keep up! A strike from 40-yards away got him the FIFA Puskas Award. This was awarded to highlight the best goal of the year!
Ronaldo’s temper tantrums have early beginnings. He was expelled from school after an altercation with his teacher. When questioned about his outburst, he said the teacher disrespected him. This wouldn’t be the last fit that he’d throw. In 2010 he started a fight with his own teammate, Nani.
Ronaldo was about to score one of the best goals in his career when Nani intercepted the ball. Suffice to say, Ronaldo was not happy about this.
Ronaldo received his first ULC red card in 2019 while playing for Juventus. During the match, Ronaldo pulled the hair of Jeison Murillo. This infamous red card was given by referee Felix Brych, who sent Ronaldo for an early shower.
As you can imagine, this upset Ronaldo greatly. Whether he should have been sent off is a matter of opinion. That aside, Ronaldo’s reaction goes down in history as one of the most vigorous protests in football history.