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10 interesting facts about Ronaldo

Here are 10 interesting facts about Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro you might not have known before

1. He got the name “Ronaldo” after former US president Ronald Reagan, who was his father’s favourite actor

2. Ronaldo was expelled from school at the age of 14 after he threw a chair at his teacher. Ronaldo said he did it was because the teacher disrespected him. Despite it being a negative thing, it turned into a great turning point in his life. His mother then encouraged him to focus all his attention on football, which turned him into an international sensation

3. There is a museum named Museu CR7 in his hometown of Funchal which contains his trophies, rare photographs, medals and paraphernalia related to the player

4. In July 2012, computer security company McAfee produced a report ranking footballers by the probability of an internet search for their name leading to an unsafe website. Ronaldo’s name led the list

5. When Ronaldo jumps, he generates 5G of G-force on take-off – this is five times the power of a cheetah in full flight. This enables him to reach heights of 44cm in the air from a standing start and 78cm with a run-up – 7cm more than the average NBA player

6. His free kick speed is about 13.1kmph, which is compared roughly with the speed of a space shuttle while launching

7. Ronaldo does not smoke nor does he have any tattoos on his body because he regularly donates blood.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is $250 million

9. If any club wants to buy Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, they would have to pay $1 billion

10. Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the two best players in the world in his generation (the other being Lionel Messi)

Source: ESPN, Goal, Bloomberg, The Telegraph

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