A rising star - Tracing Cristiano Ronaldo's evolution

Jan 15, 2014, 11:33 IST | PA Sport

After the Real Madrid Portuguese star forward won his second player-of-the-year trophy, we take a look at how the talented teen turned into the world's best player over the years

>> 1985: Born February 5 in Funchal on the island of Madeira.

>> 2002: Makes his debut for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Super Liga at the age of 17 after winning international caps for Portugal’s youth sides.

>> 2003: Aug 8 - Completes a £12.24million transfer to United, taking the number seven shirt following the sale of then England captain David Beckham to Real Madrid. Makes his debut as a second-half substitute eight days later in opening-day 4-0 win over Bolton at Old Trafford.

>> Nov 1 - Scores his first goal for United in the 3-0 victory over Portsmouth at Old Trafford.

>> 2004: June 24 - Scores in the shoot-out as Portugal knock England out of the European Championships. Portugal reach final but lose 0-1 to Greece.

>> 2007: April 13 - Agrees new five-year deal with Red Devils. Ends season by winning the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards and also voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association as United win the EPL title.

>> 2008: April 27-Voted PFA Player of the Year for second year running.

>> May 21 - Heads United in front in the Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow. The game goes to penalties and, despite Ronaldo missing his kick, United win the shoot-out. Ends the season with 42 goals.

>> Nov 15 - Scores 100th goal for Manchester United with the first of a brace against Stoke.

>> Dec 2 - Wins the prestigious Ballon d’Or, convincingly seeing off competition from second-placed Messi and Fernando Torres, in third.

>> 2009: Jan 12 - Named FIFA World Player of the Year.

>> May 16 - Helps United win Premier League title with 0-0 draw against Arsenal.

>> June 11 - United accept a £80million bid from Real Madrid.

>>Aug 29 - Scores first Primera Division goal in his first league game for Real at the Santiago Bernabeu against Deportivo.

>> Dec 1 - Finishes second in the voting for Ballon d’Or to Messi.

>> Dec 21 - Again finishes second in the voting to Messi, this time for FIFA World Player of the Year as the Argentinian registers a record points total.

>> 2010: May 5 - Scores his first Madrid hat-trick against Real Mallorca and goes on to finish the season with 33 goals.

>> 2011: Finishes the season with 54 goals, 41 of which came in the league, making him the first player in Primera Division history to score 40 goals in a season.

>> Nov 2 - Scores 100th goal for Real in a 2-0 win over Lyon in the Champions League.

>> 2012: Jan 9 - Finishes second to Messi in the Ballon d’Or race.

>> May 13 - His goal against Mallorca makes him the first player to score against every team in the Primera Division in a single season and he finishes the season with 60 goals, 46 of which come in the league as Real win the title with 100 points.

>>June 21 - Finishes as joint top-scorer in Euro 2012 tournament.

>> Aug 29 - Claims a third trophy with Real as they win the Spanish Super Cup.

>> 2013: Jan 7 - Finishes second to Messi again in the Ballon d’Or race.

>> May 8 - Scores 200th goal for Real against Malaga in just his 197th game for the club and ends the season with 55 goals.

>> Nov 19 - Scores a hat-trick as Portugal beat Sweden 3-2 in a play-off (4-2 agg) to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Ronaldo moves level with Pauleta as Portugal’s all-time top goalscorer.

>> 2014: Jan 13 - Wins Ballon d’Or with Messi finishing second and Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery in third.

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