Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is presented with his new #9 jersey in front of a crowd of 75,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as he is set to begin his new contract playing for the Real Madrid club. (Bauer Griffin)more pics Cristiano Ronaldo is a pro footballer who used to wear the number 7, but now wears the number 9. (Getty Images)Cristiano Ronaldo is a popular pro soccer player who is often searched for on the Internet. People type in some very creative terms such as 'Cristiano Ronaldo Bugatti', 'Cristiano Ronaldo and Kim Kardashian', and 'Cristiano Ronaldo new number'. He competes for Real Madrid and is also the captain of the Portuguese National Football Team.
Cristiano Ronaldo's now famous ManU number 7 was not his first choice. When he was signed by Manchester United, he first chose number 28, which he had previously worn. He says he didn't want the pressure of wearing number 7, which had been worn by the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson and David Beckham. Ronaldo says he only wore the number 7 upon the insistence of United manager Alex Ferguson, and the jersey became an extra source of motivation in his early career.
You'll now see C.Ronaldo in the number 9.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his flashy moves, but he says it's all in service of helping his team win. The star footballer says the tricks and dribbles come easier when he's playing well, but he only breaks them out when he thinks his special moves are what the team needs to win.
Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Funchal on Portugal's Madeira island with the full name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. Ronaldo's second given name came from his father, who named him after then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who was his favorite actor.
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