Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best soccer players in the world. If not the best of all time. On the field, the Manchester United forward has had an incredible career, becoming one of the world’s highest-paid athletes and winning numerous titles and awards.
Off the field, he’s just as good, dating some of the most beautiful ladies, including model Irina Shayk and his present girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez.
Let’s take a closer look at Cristiano Ronaldo’s path to becoming one of the top soccer players in the world, as well as his numerous celebrity relationships off the field.
A star was born
Cristiano Ronaldo was the son of Maria Dolores and José Dinis Aveiro. Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985, in Madeira, Portugal. He is the youngest of four children, with an elder brother, Hugo, and two sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia.
His father was an alcoholic, and his family was poor. As a result, Ronaldo’s mother planned to abort him, but doctors refused to conduct the procedure.
Nobody could have predicted that Ronaldo would go on to become one of the world’s top soccer players.
The Formative Years
Cristiano Ronaldo was a natural soccer player as a child. He attended a three-day tryout with Sporting CP when he was only 12 years old and chosen for £1,500 (about $2,000).
Ronaldo believed he could play professional football when he was 14, so he dropped out of school to focus solely on soccer. It wasn’t long before Sporting CP(a soccer team) started noticing him.
Getting His Name Out There
Ronaldo impressed Sporting CP’s first-team manager László Bölöni with his dribbling skills at the age of 16, and he was promoted from Sporting’s development team, making his first-team debut on September 29, 2002.
Many teams were willing to sign Ronaldo after he impressed them during the 2002-2003 season. Alex Ferguson, the manager of Manchester United, was adamant about acquiring the young talent.
Ronaldo created history when he signed for Manchester United, becoming the first Portuguese player on the team and the most valuable teenage transfer cost in English football history at £12.24 million (nearly $16.5 million).
Ronaldo was part of the team for the 2003-04 season, and his transfer fee paid off when he scored the team’s first goal in the 2004 FA Cup final, assisting them in winning the title.
He proceeded to win three Premier League titles with the club.
And Ronaldo was ready to make history by breaking yet another sporting record.
Making the headlines
Ronaldo made a splash before the 2009-2010 season when he signed with Real Madrid for a world record £80 million ($108 million) transfer fee.
After that, he played for Real Madrid until 2018, then joined Juventus from 2018 to 2021 before returning to Manchester United in 2021. He was also a member of Portugal’s national team during this time with Manchester United. Ronaldo not only broke transfer fee records, but he also broke records in the sport.
Setting New Highs
Ronaldo went on to win five Ballon d’Or honors and four European Golden Shoes, the most ever by a European player. In addition to seven league crowns, five Europa Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League, he won 32 trophies during his career.
He also has the most appearances, goals, and assists in the Championship League, the most goals in the European League, the most international goals by a male player, and the highest international appearances by a European.
But Ronaldo wasn’t just scoring on the field; he was also a player in his personal life, dating several A-list celebrities.
Cristiano Ronaldo was as busy off the field as he was on the game as he became renowned as one of the best soccer players of all time.
When his soccer career was only getting started in 2002, he was photographed on the beach with Portuguese beauty Karina Ferro, sunbathing and getting intimate.
Soon after, rumors of the two together began to circulate, but they were never clear about their relationship. Whether Ronaldo and Ferro were dating or not, he was soon onto his next relationship.
He has a type
Ronaldo was associated with numerous models, including Brazilian model Jordana Jardel, the sister of his Sporting Lisbon teammate Mario Jardel, 2003.
Jardel is said to have been his first significant girlfriend as a professional soccer player, and the two were together while he was rising to prominence in the sport. They were frequently photographed together and were said to have dated for a few months.
As Ronaldo’s fame grew on the ground, he was with a growing number of attractive women. He wasn’t one to confirm his relationships, though.
For example, stories started circulating that the soccer player had a passionate night with Big Brother star Imogen Thomas who was working as a waitress at a London hotel. Although neither party confirmed or denied the relationship, Thomas later revealed her crush on Ronaldo in an interview, saying, “Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s a hottie, and I’d snog him!”
But the romance was over before it ever started, and his next was set to be his longest yet.
Nine years older
Ronaldo was ready to move on to his next romance, and he was attached to a new model—Merche Romero—while playing for Manchester United just a few years later.
They were pictured together on vacations and at various events. Ronaldo, neither confirmed nor denied dating the model, who was nine years his senior.
She did say that the relationship was real and that “there was an enchantment between the two,” according to Nova Gente.
By September 2006, the two had broken up, and Ronaldo had moved on to his next relationship.
Date with a British Flair
Ronaldo was preoccupied with being one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, and his next relationship was with Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson.
They had a traditional British first date in 2007, where they sipped tea and watched Only Fools and Horses.
“I’m not sure if he’s into it now, but he appeared to love it,” the actress told Manchester radio station Key 103.
“When we broke up, I was offered a lot of money to talk about him, and I turned it down,” she told the radio station.
Ronaldo’s next romance was equally secretive.
Ronaldo made headlines again the following year, he was seen kissing Indian beauty and actress Bipasha Basu. Although the photo caused a stir in Bollywood, Basu told the Hindustan Times that the kiss had been taken out of context.
“Yes, that’s me in the photo.” It was taken at a convenient time… it appears to be a case of rash assumptions.”
“He is now a friend, and he has promised me that I will be welcomed to all of his matches,” she continued. Ronaldo had moved on to his next affair in no time.
A Difficult Breakup
It wasn’t long before Ronaldo moved on to his next relationship, which was, of course, with another model.
In 2008, Ronaldo had a couple of dates with Spanish model Nereida Gallardo before joining Real Madrid.
She was devoted to Ronaldo during their relationship she wore a ring with his jersey number and even had his initials tattooed on her wrist. They dated for nine months, but their breakup was acrimonious, and she spilled some bedroom secrets.
Gallardo would later come to his rescue when he was embroiled in a complicated legal struggle, despite their nasty separation.
Taking a Stand for the Group
Cristiano Ronaldo was becoming known as a ladies’ man by this point, and he was going to be hooked up with the sisters of another soccer player. But this time it was with Juliano Belletti’s sister Luana Belletti, his Chelsea opponent.
“Cristiano had been mentioned to Luana’s brother a couple of times, so he set it all up,” a source close to the couple told The Mirror.
“Cristiano appears to be treating Luana differently than his previous girlfriends by keeping her out of the limelight,” the person continued.
However, the two were not meant to be, and Ronaldo was about to embark on his most public romance to date.
The Hilton Experience
Ronaldo was photographed with reality TV star Paris Hilton just a few months later. Some witnesses thought the couple was kissing after they were seen close to one other in a Los Angeles nightclub.
A source told Marie Clare, “[She] was hot and heavy, making out with Cristiano at his table.”
Hilton, on the other hand, denied the relationship. “Cristiano and I are great pals. Excellent friendships. He’s a kind man who also happens to be a fantastic athlete. We’re still getting to know one other, so I’ll stop there, “She told The Mirror.
Ronaldo was then linked to another Hollywood A-lister, Kim Kardashian. They met in Los Angeles, and when the athlete learned that Kardashian was visiting his hometown, they decided to meet.
A witness at the restaurant told Us Weekly that the two were “kissing” and “extremely affectionate” during their romantic lunch in Madrid, Spain.
According to the source, they were “just having fun” and Kardashian was “taking her time.” Nothing came of their brief romance, and Ronaldo was ready to move on to the next beauty. But this was going to be more than a one-night stand.
Ronaldo was tied to a new woman, Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, not long after his brief relationship with Kim Kardashian.
They met at an Armani advertising campaign in 2010 and began dating soon after. Ronaldo and Shayk decided to keep a low profile to avoid letting their burgeoning romance be derailed.
With the unexpected arrival of a child, matters were about to get exceedingly complicated for the couple.
Arrival by Surprise
Cristiano Ronaldo astonished the world when he announced on June 17, 2010, that he is now a father to Cristiano Jr., just weeks after he and Shayk began dating. The fact that Irina Shayk wasn’t the mother was even more startling!
Who is the mother, then?
The athlete has kept the identity of the mother a mystery to this day. Some sources claimed he impregnated a lady during a one-night encounter and paid for full custody of his child, while others claimed he paid for a surrogate to carry his child.
“It’s been said that I was with this girl or that I had a surrogate mother. “I’ve never told anyone and I’ll never tell anyone,” Ronaldo remarked on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.
It wasn’t long before Ronaldo was again in the news, this time for being disloyal.
Andressa Urach told The Sun in 2013 that she met Ronaldo after he chased her via text messages. Miss BumBum from Brazil stated he called her “little horse” and was intrigued with her bum.
When Shayk confronted Ronaldo, he denied it and said it wasn’t true.
Two months later, he was photographed partying with bikini-clad ladies while dealing with a stalker. She began receiving texts from an unknown woman who claimed to have flirted with Ronaldo. However, those were not the only rumors circulating.
Was this the end?
After Shayk’s absence from the 2015 Ballon d’Or, wherein Ronaldo was named the world’s best football player, the whispers about a possible breakup continued. She unfollowed him on Twitter and deleted personal photographs of them together from her Instagram account when she didn’t attend his mother’s 60th birthday party.
As if things couldn’t get any hotter, Lucia Villalon, a Spanish TV presenter, tweeted a selfie of herself and Ronaldo posing with his Ballon d’Or award on a plane to Madrid, captioned the message, “There are 3!” Congratulations on winning the Golden Ball! “12/01/15, Zurich.” Was this the end of Ronaldo and Shayk’s relationship?
Ronaldo announced a week later that he and Irina Shayk had broken up after a five-year relationship.
“My relationship with Irina Shayk has ended after five years of dating. We decided that now was the best time for us to take this step. I wish Irina the happiest life, “Ronaldo added in a BBC statement.
So, why did the seemingly ideal couple break up after five years together? Was it connected to the rumors?
Confirming his actions
The reality of the couple’s split was rather shocking. According to The Sun, after confronting Ronaldo, the supermodel decided to call it quits on New Year’s Eve.
Shayk discovered messages from the soccer player to dozens of women, and after initially denying it, he admitted it that night. Irina has always chosen to support her man. There was no avoiding the fact, which was staring her in the face. She felt she couldn’t disregard the signs after much thought and consideration.”
The One That Got Away
However, a close friend of Ronaldo stated to The Sun that the soccer star believes they broke up because she wanted a kid and that he told friends, “she’s the one who got away.”
“He regrets how things ended and continue to be interested in her life,” the insider said, adding, “He never expected Irina would truly leave.”
While the breakup stunned the globe, it didn’t take long for Ronaldo to find solace in a new woman.
Following their breakup, Ronaldo was with Lucia Villalon for a short time before moving on to another woman, Spanish model Desiree Cordero.
Before being seen together multiple times at his former luxurious house in La Finca, the two exchanged likes on Instagram photographs and exchanged private messages.
She also fuelled rumors that the two were dating when she posted photos from Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, where she was watching one of his matches. They dated for approximately a month before he broke up with her.
And, after a few brief flings, Ronaldo was set to embark on his next long-term engagement.
The time he met Georgina
Ronaldo was ready to move on to his next serious relationship just a year after ending his long-term relationship with Irina Shayk.
While working as a sales assistant at a Gucci store, the athlete met Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez. She was working as a sales assistant at a Gucci store. She couldn’t get him out of her brain when they passed each other on their way to work.
“It stuck in my head from that moment on, and it was a ‘click’ moment,” Rodriguez said in I Am Georgina.
“I came to a halt and began to experience stomach tickles, and I exclaimed, ‘But hey, what’s wrong with me?'” she added.
Love at First Sight
A few days later, Ronaldo and Rodriguez stumbled into one other at an event for a different brand. She told The Sun, “It was then that we could converse in a calm situation, outside of my job surroundings.” “For both of them, it was love at first sight.”
So, what drew the model’s interest? “His stature, physique, and beauty drew my attention. She told *Grazia Italia *, “I was trembling in front of him, but a spark lit.” “I’m a shy person, so perhaps this roused me more in front of someone who had moved me deeply with a single glance.”
Luxurious Way of Life
Ronaldo was soon picking up the model from her job in a luxury vehicle. “He’d arrived after work several times. I remember him showing up in a Bugatti once. My coworkers were enraged. They come to work by bus, whereas I would arrive in a Bugatti. People couldn’t believe it.
“It was amusing because I would meet her outside the store in one of my fancy cars. We’d return home and retreat into our little worlds “Ronaldo continued.
The two were first seen together in November 2016 at Disneyland Paris. Ronaldo tried to hide with a wig, hat, and sunglasses, but he was easily identified. But it wasn’t until May 2017 that the two announced their relationship.
Ronaldo captioned a snapshot of him and Rodriguez embracing on a couch with a heart as the caption.
Rodriguez shared a photo with Ronaldo and a group of friends at a J Balvin performance later that month.
The couple was doing well, but a surprise visitor was coming to put their new relationship to the test.
Ronaldo welcomed two new arrivals into the world on June 8, 2017, after dating for roughly eight months. His twins Eva Maria and Mateo were born on June 8, 2017. Georgina Rodriguez, on the other hand, was not the mother.
The twins were through a surrogate mother, whose identity was kept hidden.
The soccer player shared an Instagram photo of himself holding the babies to announce their arrival. “So delighted to be able to hold the two new loves of my life,” he wrote in the caption.
Only a month later, speculations of Rodriguez’s pregnancy began to circulate.
They Have Their Own Surprise
Ronaldo and Rodriguez were ready to announce some fantastic news to the world a few months after the twins arrived: they were expecting a kid of their own!
Alana Martina, the couple’s daughter, was born on November 12, 2017. “Alana Martina is just born!” Ronaldo captioned a wonderful photo of the family in the hospital. Geo and Alana are doing fantastic! We’re all overjoyed!”
With over 11 million likes, the shot went on to become one of the most liked photos on Instagram in 2017!
#seven is the lucky number
After the birth of his fourth child, the soccer player announced that he didn’t want to stop there—he wanted three more! So there are a total of seven kids!
Ronaldo told The Sun, “I want seven children and the same number of Ballon d’Or.”
Cristiano Jr., his eldest son, concurs.
“He’d like to have more siblings and sisters.” Cristiano told Correio da Manhã, “He wants seven, the magic number, and I think that’s fantastic.”
While Ronaldo was having children, he was also dealing with legal troubles after a lady accused him of having extramarital affairs in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. All of the claims were refuted by him.
Throughout everything, Rodriguez stood by his side. “You constantly change the difficulties that are put in your way into urge and strength to show how wonderful you are,” she captioned a snapshot of her watching one of his games on Instagram shortly after the charges were made. Thank you for making each game enjoyable for us. More and better is always the goal. @cristiano, I adore you.”
But she wasn’t the only one who came out in support of Ronaldo.
My ex > Your ex
Do you recall Nereida Gallardo, Cristiano Ronaldo’s ex-girlfriend? Even though the two had a bad breakup, she stepped forth to support the soccer star following the charges.
“He was kind —warm and loving,” she told The Mirror. With me, he was always a gentleman.”
“During my time with Cristiano, he was quite kind to me. “That’s why I was startled when all of this came out,” she adds, “since he was never aggressive toward me—not even close.”
Ronaldo was cleared of all allegations in the end. He and Rodriguez, on the other hand, continued to make headlines.
Twins on the Way
The couple announced their exciting news in October 2021: they were expecting twins!
“We are overwhelmed to announce that we are expecting twins. “Our hearts are full of love—we can’t wait to meet you,” Ronaldo said on Instagram, alongside a photo of him and Rodriguez in bed, holding ultrasound images.
He also posted a cute snapshot of himself and his other four kids at the pool.
“I am Georgina”
I am Georgina, a Netflix documentary that portrays Ronaldo and Rodriguez together and separately, was released in January 2022, giving audiences a glimpse into their lives. It centers on Rodriguez’s life as Ronaldo’s girlfriend and mother of their children.
She reveals in the episode that she had to adjust to life after meeting the sportsman and that their connection helped her get fame.
“I went from selling high-end merchandise to wearing it on the red carpet.” “I have millions of followers and am the wife of the world’s most popular man,” she stated on I Am Georgina.
Ronaldo didn’t expect his relationship with Rodriguez to be any different from the rest. He didn’t expect to fall in love with her.
“I didn’t expect the relationship to be this strong at the start. I had no idea I’d fall in love with her “I am Georgina reveals the soccer star. “To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it. But after a while, I began to believe she was the woman of my dreams ” he said.
Cristiano Ronaldo is among the best soccer players on the planet, and he is just as good off the field as he is on it. He seemed to have met his match with Georgina Rodriguez after dating many of the world’s most renowned ladies, including Irina Shayk. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the couple and their twins