By Avyay Aggarwal, Grade 6
Ronaldo recently made headlines with his return to Manchester United (Fun fact: His father named him after the US president and film star, Ronald Reagan!). For those of you that don’t know him, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on February 5th, 1985, and is a Portuguese soccer superstar. He had a difficult childhood with an alcoholic father and a mother with breast cancer working as a cleaning lady. He didn’t attend football classes but he loved the game so much, he’d miss meals and escape out of his window to practice. Even a heart surgery at the age of fifteen did not keep him away from football. He is over 6 ft tall and he can jump 44 cm in the air, which generates five times the power of a wild Cheetah in full flight. He lifts a total of 23,055 kgs during his weight training, which is like lifting a total of 16 Toyota Prius cars. He started as a right-winger, developed into a forward with a free-reined attacking style and sleight-of-foot style. Ronaldo was only 16 during his first stint with Manchester United. He was paid a record fee of 12 million pounds. Today he plays as a left-sided striker. He has won 4 Golden boots and 5 Ballon d’Or. His return to Manchester United has inspired many while leaving many in doubt. Many argue that at the age of 36 he has crossed his prime. However, others say that because of his biological age of 28 years, he dared to stay in the English Premier League unlike other aging players in the past (Eg: David Beckham). In his debut match on 11th September 2021, he scored two goals. In 2012 he sold the Golden Boot that he won in 2011, for 1.5Mn Euros, and gave the money to “go fund schools in Gaza”. This is the side of Ronaldo that is least talked about.