Born: , Portugal
Position: Right midfielder,
Current Club: Manchester
Cristiano Ronaldo became Manchester United's
newest young hero when he signed from
Sporting Lisbon in August 2003 and was
immediately given David Beckham's number 7
The Portuguese teenager is expected to
become one of the world's best players in
years to come, but will be trying to offer
support to Ruud van Nistelrooy as soon as
Hailed by Sir Alex Ferguson as the most
outstanding young talent in Europe,
Cristiano Ronaldo is skilful, he has got an
awful lot of talent and he can open people
up. So much is his adoration for the
Portuguese that the Man Utd manager had no
hesitation in handing this tricky and
unpredictable winger the No7 shirt vacated
by David Beckham in summer 2003.
Among his main characteristics there are:
terrific physique, balance, pace, two feet
and he`s technically terrific. Also he`s got
a fantastic personality and great strength
Born in Madeira in August 1985, Ronaldo
joined Sporting Clube de Portugal from CD
Nacional in 1997. Made his debut for the
Lisbon club against Internazionale FC in the
2002/03 UEFA Champions League third
qualifying round, and went on make 25
appearances - starting eleven of them - in
his only season at Sporting. Joined United
on 13 August 2003 - the same day as
Kleberson - for €17.5m, a world-record fee
for a teenager.
Ronaldo is in the mold of a past Manchester
United winger, by the name of George Best.
Ronaldo is as comfortable on the left as he
is on the right side of the pitch.
Cristiano Ronaldo produced a performance to
remember at the Millennium Stadium as
Manchester United claimed a record 11th FA
Cup win in 2004.
Ronaldo tortured the Millwall defence with a
mesmerising display of wing wizardry that
the First Division side simply could not
Played an important role in Portugal's run
to the finals of Euro 2004. Ended the
tournament with 2 goals and 2 assists.