As a Portuguese professional footballer, Ronaldo currently plays as a forward for the Saudi Professional League club Al Nassr and serves as the captain of the Portugal national team. Widely recognized as one of the most accomplished players in the history of the sport, he has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including five Ballon d'Or awards and four European Golden Shoes, the most by a European player. Throughout his career, Ronaldo has amassed an impressive collection of 32 trophies, including league titles, UEFA Champions Leagues, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League. He holds several records including most appearances, goals, and assists in the Champions League, most goals in the European Championship, and most international goals. He is one of the few players to have made over 1,100 professional career appearances and has scored over 800 official senior career goals for the club and country. Furthermore, he is the only player to have scored in five FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Ronaldo began his senior career with Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United in 2003, aged 18, winning the FA Cup in his first season. He would also go onto win three consecutive Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup; at age 23, he won his first Ballon d'Or. Ronaldo was the subject of the then-most expensive association football transfer when he signed for Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth €94 million (£80 million), where he won 15 trophies, including two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey, and four Champions Leagues, and became the club's all-time top goalscorer. He won back-to-back Ballons d'Or in 2013 and 2014, and again in 2016 and 2017, and was runner-up three times behind Lionel Messi, his perceived career rival. In 2018, he signed for Juventus in a transfer worth an initial €100 million (£88 million), the most expensive transfer for an Italian club and the most expensive for a player over 30 years old. He won two Serie A titles, two Supercoppe Italiana, and a Coppa Italia, before returning to United in 2021.
Cristiano Ronaldo made his international debut for the Portuguese national team in 2003 at the age of 18. He has since gone on to earn over 180 caps, solidifying his position as the most-capped player in Portugal's history. With more than 100 goals scored at the international level, Ronaldo also holds the distinction of being the nation's all-time top goalscorer. Throughout his career, Ronaldo has demonstrated his skill and talent on the field by participating in and scoring in 11 major tournaments. He scored his first international goal at Euro 2004, where he contributed to Portugal's run to the final. In July 2008, Ronaldo was appointed as the captain of the national team. In 2015, the Portuguese Football Federation named Ronaldo the best Portuguese player of all time. The following year, under his leadership, the national team won their first major tournament title at Euro 2016, and Ronaldo received the Silver Boot as the tournament's second-highest goal scorer. Later, in 2019, Ronaldo led his team to victory in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, and in 2020, he received the Golden Boot as top scorer of Euro 2020.
Cristiano Ronaldo is widely recognized as one of the world's most marketable and renowned athletes. In 2016 and 2017, Forbes named him the highest-paid athlete globally. Additionally, ESPN ranked him as the world's most famous athlete from 2016 to 2019. In 2014, Time magazine included him in their list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Ronaldo is the first professional footballer, and only the third sportsperson overall, to earn over one billion dollars in his career.