One of the top soccer players in the world, he rose to fame as a forward for Real Madrid after being acquired from Manchester United for a $131.6 million transfer fee in 2009. He became captain of the Portuguese national team in 2008 and received the Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the Year in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
He broke a number of La Liga records as well as Real Madrid franchise records and scored his 300th career goal in January 2013.
He was raised with an older brother named Hugo and two older sisters, Katia and Elma. He dated Russian model Irina Shayk from 2010 until 2015. He became a father to Cristiano Jr. in July 2010 and in June 2017, he welcomed a pair of twins named Eva and Mateo via surrogacy. He and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Alana Martina, on November 12, 2017.
He and Lionel Messi developed a great rivalry as the top two forwards in professional soccer and Leaders of La Liga's Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, respectively.