Cristiano Ronaldo was born on 5 February, 1985 in Santo Antonio a suburb of a place called Funchal on the island of Madeira, in Portugal. He was born in in the Cruz de Carvalho Hospital to Jose Aveiro, a municipal gardener and Maria Aveiro a cook; he is the youngest kid of the couple who has three other kids Hugo, Elma and liliana. He was named after his father’s favorite actor and the then president of U.S. Ronald Reagan.
As a child he grew up mostly in a humble working class neighborhood, where he lived in a tiny shack with tin roofs overlooking the sea. The Aveiro family went through difficult times when Cristiano was young. His father Jose Dinis used to work part time as a kit man for a football club in Santo Antonio, it was an amature clube by the name of CF Andorinha. Where he asked the team captain Fernao Barros Sousa to be the godfather of his new son Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s first step into the world of football was at the age of 8, when he played in the amateur hometown club CF Andorinha, after a couple of years by the age of 10 he shifted to CD National, one of the famous local clubs in Madeira. In 1996 he was taken in by one of the biggest football clubs in the nation named Sporting Lisbon.
After he joined Sporting Lisbon he was trained in the world-class football training centre known as Academia Sporting of Sporting CP in Alcochete. He is only player of Sporting CP to play under various divisions in the same season, where he played in under-16, under-17, under-18, the first team and the B-team.
When Ronaldo was 15 years old he was diagnosed of heart problem called Tachycardia, a condition where the heart rate exceeds the usual range. However; it was taken care off with the help of laser surgery after few days of which he returned to train with Sporting CP.
In October 7, 2002 Cristiano Ronaldo debuted in a league match where he scored 2 goals that helped Sporting CP win against the Club Moreirense by 3-0. Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting CP) also went onto to representing Portugal in the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.
Ronaldo came to Manchester United manager (Alex Ferguson) attention in 2003 in an inauguration match of the Estadio Jose Alvalade played in Lisbon. Where Sporting CP won against Man-U by 3-1 and subsequently Alex was persuaded by the United players to sign Ronaldo.
But in the summer of 2003 when he joined Man-U, Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes had proposed his services to Barcelona (Barca). They could have signed him for less than €15 million the amount that was finally paid by Manchester United. Barca president Joan Laporta said that they could not afford him having invested heavily on other players, such as Ronaldinho.