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Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional soccer player who plays as a forward for the Spanish football club Real Madrid and the current captain of the Portugal national football team. Along with the Argentine star midfielder Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the two best players of his generation, and by some, the greatest of all time. Ronaldo commands one of the biggest fan bases, as well as anti-fans, in online football communities.
Ronaldo began playing soccer at the age of eight for the amateur team Andorinha. In 2003, Ronaldo was signed by Manchester United as their first Portuguese player for a sum of €15 million. In June 2009, Real Madrid announced Ronaldo would be joining the Spanish football club the following month for €94 million, which broke the record for the most expensive footballer transfer in history.
On October 23rd, 2005, the Cristiano Ronaldo YouTube channel was launched, which highlights notable videos of Ronaldo. In nine years, the channel garnered over 15 million video views and 235,000 subscribers. On May 11th, 2009, YouTuber Canale di czitus uploaded a video in which Ronaldo appears to react with disgust after seeing a Manchester United teammate's erection (shown below). In the next five years, the video gained more than 950,000 views and 660 comments.
On October 4th, Redditor banned_from_all_subs posted an animated GIF of Ronaldo mouthing the word "injustica" (injustice) incorrectly captioned with the phrase "the jews did this" to the /r/gif subreddit, where it received upwards of 820 points and 30 comments prior to being archived (shown below).
On January 3rd, 2013, YouTuber 7ManuelRodriguez uploaded a montage of Ronaldo's on field fights, which gained more than 28.4 million views and 19,800 comments in the next two years (shown below).
On February 16th, the International Business Times highlighted several notable photoshops of Ronaldo jumping to perform a header soccer move (shown below, left). On December 11th, Redditor MarshallMx submitted a photo of Ronaldo jumping to reach a ball in mid-air to the /r/soccer subreddit, where it received upwards of 2,800 points and 560 comments prior to being archived (shown below, right).
On March 14th, 2014, Redditor Comicgeek1980 submitted an image macro praising Ronaldo for funding a child's brain operation to /r/AdviceAnimals (shown below, left). Within three months, the post accumulated more than 3,400 points and 1,400 comments. On May 5th, the football news blog 101 Great Goals highlighted several image macros praising Ronaldo for his performance during a football match between Real Madrid and Valencia (shown below, right).
Social Media Feeds
On May 6th, 2009, a verified Facebook page for Ronaldo was launched, which gathered upwards of 87 million likes over the next five years. In June 2010, Ronaldo joined Twitter, where he received more than 27.2 million followers within two years. On October 31st, 2012, Ronaldo created a feed on Instagram, earning over 5.79 million followers in two years.
2014 FIFA World Cup
On June 22nd, 2014, the United States competed against Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, during which Ronaldo performed an assist for a game-tying goal with only 30 seconds left in the match. That day, BuzzFeed highlighted several notable tweets reacting to the goal.
Damn you Ronaldo and your perfect face, hair and body— Erik Negley (@enegs_5) June 23, 2014
Also on June 22nd, Twitter user @naptimedoe tweeted a screenshot of a USA Today Sports article from March 12th about Ronaldo paying for a child's brain surgery, claiming that he had cut his hair to match the scar of the child. The following day, The Daily Dot published an article questioning the tweets authenticity, noting that Ronaldo had not verified the haircut inspiration claim in public.
Ronaldo cut his hair to match the scar of a young fan who had surgery to remove a brain tumor last week #respect pic.twitter.com/zGqAFS7DN7— Leönard (@naptimedoe) June 23, 2014
Ronaldo is widely considered one of the best football players in the world and is often compared to Argentine footballer Lionel Messi. Earlier in his career, Ronaldo earned a reputation for being arrogant on the field, which he later admitted may have prevented him from gaining more fans around the world. In 2011, Ronaldo was quoted saying "People are jealous of me as I am young handsome and rich" following a Champions League game during which he was tackled several times. In 2014, he apologized for the remark.
Ronaldo was born on February 5th, 1985 in Santo António, Portugal and was named after former United States president Ronald Reagan. In October 2005, Ronaldo was arrested for allegedly raping a woman in London. The following month, Scotland Yard dropped the charges based on insufficient evidence. In July 2010, Ronaldo announced he had become a father and that he had retained full custody of the child.
2009 Rape Allegation
On April 19th, 2017, Der Spiegel published an article about an anonymous allegation from an American woman that Ronaldo had raped her in Las Vegas in 2009, and that lawyers had arranged a $375,000 settlement to buy her silence. On September 28th, 2018, the woman, Kathryn Mayorga, 34, went public with the allegation in Der Spiegel. Her claim is that Ronaldo anally raped her despite her repeated clear protestations. Ronaldo claims the sex was consensual. However, emails between Ronaldo's lawyer and the soccer star from the time of the encounter and settlement appear to confirm that Ronaldo knew the sex wasn't consensual. According to the quotes grabbed by Der Spiegel:
"She said no and stop several times." And furthermore: "I fucked her from the side. She made herself available. She was lying on her side, in bed, and I entered her from behind. It was rude. We didn't change position. 5/7 minutes. She said that she didn't want to, but she made herself available." And further: "But she kept saying 'no.' 'Don't do it.' 'I'm not like the others.' I apologized afterwards."
As for the silence settlement, Mayorga's lawyer Leslie Mark Stovall is quoted as saying "those documents are evidence of a criminal conspiracy to conceal and obstruct the prosecution of that sexual assault," which is why the case has gone public.
Ronaldo's lawyers denied the allegation. They called the report by Der Spiegel "blatantly illegal" on the basis of slander, while Ronaldo stated the claims were "Fake, fake news" on Instagram live.
 Facebook – Cristiano Ronaldo
 YouTube – Cristiano Ronaldo
 Twitter – @Cristiano
 101 Great Goals – The best memes & pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo
 International Business Times – Cristiano Ronaldo Goal
 Reddit – Good Guy Cristiano
 Reddit – Cristiano Ronaldo Jump
 BuzzFeed – This Is How USA Fans Reacted To The Draw Against Portugal
 The Daily Dot – Cristiano Ronaldos Zorro Haircut
 CNN – Ronaldo admits perceived arrogance has cost him
 ESPN – Ronaldo regrets jealously remark
 Reddit – The jews did this
 Der Spiegel – Cristiano Ronaldo's Secret
 Der Spiegel – Serious Allegations Against Cristiano Ronaldo
 The Telegraph – Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyers deny rape allegation
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