Five times World Player of the Year and 5 times Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo is now a household name all over the World. He has won domestic leagues in England and Spain and now he wants to extend that in Serie A with Juventus. But who exactly is Cristiano Ronaldo? What kind of childhood did he have? Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the Portuguese record breaker.
5. Ronaldo charged for rape
Shocking, right? Juventus star was once in the dock for allegedly raping a woman in a certain London hotel. However, the charges were dropped a month later due to lack of evidence.
“I have been notified that the police investigation has been closed and no action will be taken against me in relation to the allegations made previously,” Ronaldo said.
“I have always strongly maintained my innocence of any wrong-doing and I am glad that this matter is at an end so that I can concentrate on playing for Manchester United.”
4. CR7 Career almost ended when he was 15 Years
Cristiano Ronaldo career almost ended before it even started, when he was 15-year-old. The former Manchester United star was diagnosed with a heart problem that needed an operation.
“His heart raced a lot when he wasn’t running,” Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro said.
“They used a sort of laser to cauterize the source of the problem. He was operated on in the morning and came out at the end of the afternoon.”
“Before we knew exactly what he had, I was worried because there was the possibility of him giving up playing football. But the treatment went well and after some days he was back at training again” she continued.
3. Liverpool turned down a chance to sign him
Before Ronaldo made that important £12.2 million move to Manchester United, their great rivals Liverpool turned down the opportunity to sign him according to Reds former coach Gerard Houllier.
“I saw him in the Toulon Under-21 tournament and we went for him, but we had a wage scale and we weren’t paying the sort of salary he wanted,” he said.
“Then Manchester United played a friendly against Sporting Lisbon and all their boys said to Sir Alex Ferguson, “You have to sign him”. But I agreed with not breaking the wage structure. I thought it would cause problems in our dressing room.” admitted Houllier.