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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo's name isn't new to people, even those that know nothing about football are very familiar with this superstar. He doesn't need any introduction.

So real quick, let's look at some intriguing and interesting facts you probably didn't know about the football star.

1. He has an African origin. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Yes! You're surprise? Cristiano Ronaldo's grandmother was born in Cape Verde. Many other European players also have African origins, like Zinédine Zidane, Paul Pogba and a host of others. But Ronaldo's is very surprising.

2. He almost signed for Liverpool and Lyon. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

While at Sporting Lisbon, the club wanted to exchange Ronaldo with a Lyon player. However, the deal didn't happen in 2002; he was still young then. He almost signed for Liverpool too, but the deal didn't happen also, due to Liverpool's pay scale.

3. His mother encouraged him to play for Madrid. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Maria Dolores, Ronaldo's mother wanted her son to play for the Spanish giants. As a fan of the club, she's dreamed of seeing her son wear the legendary white shirt, and the transfer allowed him to be closer to Portugal.

4. Ronaldo didn't want the No.7 View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

At Manchester United, the player wanted the No.28 jersey when he first arrived. The "CR7" nickname has become a brand. He could have been "CR28"

5. Ronaldo is a die-hard poker player. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

He's a die-hard poker player, he's even one of the faces of a popular poker site- Pokerstars.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real set a record on his debut. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Cristiano Ronaldo on his debut for Real set a new record for attendance on July 6, 2009, more than 80,000 people gathered at the Bernabéu to watch the Portuguese player.

7. He won the first Puskas award. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

We all know the Puskas award goes to the player with the most beautiful Goal of the Year. Created in 2009, Ronaldo won the award thanks to his monumental goal with Manchester United in the Champions League semi-final against FC Porto.

8. He was named after an American president. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Cristiano was named "Ronaldo" in tribute to President Ronald Reagan. His father who was a huge fan of the former US president decided to name his son after him.

9. He and Badr Hari are best friends. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

He and the kickboxing world champion are best of friends. CR7 frequently holidays with the kickboxer.

10. No alcohol, no tattoo, no cigarettes. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Seldom will you find any celebrity or footballer without tattoo on his or her skin. CR7 doesn't have tattoos on his skin; he detests smoking and doesn't like drinking alcohol, as his father died of it in 2008.

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