Human transformation throughout life is a wonder in itself, evidencing changes that go far beyond the physical. When observing the evolution of a person from childhood to adulthood, we encounter a fascinating phenomenon. Despite the obvious physical transformations, what is surprising is how, in many cases, it is possible to identify an adult by seeing a photo from when they were little.
This is exemplarily captured in the photograph on the cover. The image shows a child with a serious expression, a face that today is one of the best known worldwide. This face, today associated with unprecedented sporting achievements, belongs to a figure who has marked an era in football.
This photo belongs to Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the modern legends of the sport and who currently leads Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia. In addition, he is one of the great attractions of Portugal, a country where he is considered a hero: he led the Portuguese team to its first victory in a major tournament in Euro 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
Cristiano Ronaldo, born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, on the island of Madeira, is a football icon and a symbol of sporting excellence. His career began at the modest Portuguese club Andorinha, where his father worked as a prop. His innate talent soon took him to Sporting Lisbon, one of the best teams in Portugal, where his skill and determination became evident. It was not easy, because he had to pay important tolls on a personal level, something complicated for a young child.
In 2003, after an impressive performance against Manchester United, he was signed by the English club, marking the beginning of his rise to global fame. Defending the interests of the Red Devils, Ronaldo developed a distinctive style of play, characterized by his speed, technical ability and prodigious scoring ability. His contribution to the team was decisive in the achievement of multiple titles, including three English leagues and a Champions League.
The next chapter of his career took him to Real Madrid in 2009, where Ronaldo definitively exploded and became one of the best players in history. In addition, he wrote his name in gold letters when he became the top scorer in the club's history. As if this were not enough, during his time in Madrid, he won four Champions Leagues, among numerous other honors, and forged a legendary rivalry with Leo Messi of FC Barcelona.
In 2018, he left for Juventus in Italy, continuing his streak of success with league titles and impressive performances. After a return to United, where according to his own words he felt mistreated, he was a pioneer in opening the doors of the Saudi league. There, although his level is not the same, he continues to make history at 38 years old.
Off the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his tireless work ethic, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit. In this sense, he has created a solid personal brand, which includes clothing lines, fragrances and hotels, which makes him one of the most valued and recognizable athletes in the world.
On a personal level, the Portuguese star has been in a relationship with the influencer and businesswoman Georgina Rodríguez since 2016. The couple has five children: the eldest, Cristiano Jr; the twins Eva and Mateo, who were born through surrogacy; Alana Martina, his first daughter with his partner; and Bella Esmeralda, the youngest of the family, born in 2022.