Factbox: Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo

Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:16pm EST
 
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PARIS (Reuters) - Factbox on Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d'Or award for the fourth time on Monday:

EARLY DAYS

* Born Feb. 5 1985 in Funchal, Madeira.

* Plays youth team football at Nacional before joining Sporting Lisbon in 2002, arch-rivals to his boyhood favorites Benfica.

MANCHESTER UNITED

* Alex Ferguson signs 18-year-old Ronaldo for about 12 million pounds ($15.22 million) in August 2003 after an outstanding performance against his United side in a pre-season friendly.

* Named United's 2003-04 Player of the Year in his debut season and secures an FA Cup winners' medal.   Continued...