Amazing Facts You Need to Know About Cristiano Ronaldo

His first professional game for Sporting Lisbon came when he plays in the "Portuguese Super League" match at the age of 17 and that was the start of a journey which will make him one of the greatest players ever.

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Many football fans only know him as Cristiano Ronaldo, however, when you dig deeper, you will find his name is a little longer. His actual name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. You may have known that, but what you may not have known is he was named after Ronald Regan, a former U.S President who was greatly loved by Ronaldo's father.

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Ronaldo was popular with other students at the school, but he was expelled at the age of 14 after he threw a chair at his teacher. Ronaldo said the reason he did it was that the teacher disrespected him. Despite it being a negative thing, it turned into a great turning point in his life. His mother then encouraged him to focus all his attention on soccer which he did and turned him into an international sensation.

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Cristiano has broken so many records, you might run out of your breath trying to count them all. However, one record that really sticks out as being the most highly paid football player at his age. In 2003, Cristiano was signed to Manchester United and was paid £ 12 million. After being signed up by Real Madrid, Ronaldo earns £ 365,000 per week, and the deal runs until 2021.

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In June 2010, during the build-up to the World Cup, Ronaldo became the fourth footballer - after Steven Gerrard, Pelé, and David Beckham - to be represented as a waxwork at Madame Tussauds London.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is fast, really fast. He recently defeated a Spanish sprinter Angel David Rodriguez in the zigzag spring challenge by half a minute while he narrowly lost against a professional sprinter in the straight line.

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It has emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo's mother, Maria, had a hand in his moving to Madrid. Ronaldo's mother is a big fan of Madrid and she may have given him a nudge to Spain. Furthermore, Madrid is closer to his mother and his roots rather than Manchester. And hey, what wouldn't you do for your mother, especially if she has brought you with as much hardship as that Maria did.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's net worth $500 million (Estimated)