Cristiano Ronaldo is known across the globe as a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Portugal national team. He became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth over GBP80 million. Ronaldo's contract with Real Madrid makes him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world. Ronaldo was the first player playing in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards. In 2008, 2013 and 2014, he won the Ballon d'Or award as best footballer on the planet. He is the first top European league player to reach 40 goals in a single season in two consecutive years, the fastest Real Madrid player to reach 100 league goals, and the first player ever to score against every team in a single season in La Liga. He also holds records for the most goals scored in a season for Real Madrid and most goals scored per minute in La Liga for a Real Madrid player. In January 2013, Ronaldo scored his 300th club goal; in January 2014, he scored his 400th career goal. He is, in short, a phenomenon. But little is truly known about this great footballer and athlete.
Guillem Balague's insightful and revelatory biography casts an illuminating eye on the - officially - greatest footballer on earth.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co