See the gorgeous Cristiano...

Before making his name playing football, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is born on 5 February 1985 in Madeira.

He has laser treatment to cauterise a problem area of his heart at the age of 15 but makes a full recovery and begins his career as a youth player for Portuguese club Andorinha.

In 2003, he becomes Manchester United’s first-ever Portuguese player and signs for £12.24 million.

Our gallery tells the story of Cristiano’s rise to fame and success on the pitch. We’ve also thrown in plenty of sexy pictures of the sports hunk.

Let’s be honest, Cristiano just has to stand there and he looks great. He looks even more delicious in a suit and we love his cheeky smile.

We chart how rumours circulate that Real Madrid are willing to pay £54 million for Cristiano in March 2007. In the world of football, Cristiano Ronaldo is highly sought-after.

That year, he wins an award at the Football Writers’ Association Player Of The Season in London. In 2008, Cristiano lifts the cup after Manchester United beat Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League Final.

Quite a few of our snaps show the star on holiday. Away from football, Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly a big fan of Sardinia as he’s spotted relaxing there more than once.

Not that we’re complaining – he looks gorgeous sunning himself in a pair of tiny orange swimming shorts. A deep tan really showcases his athletic six-pack.

Cristiano’s pictured on crutches while recovering from ankle surgery in 2008. Luckily, he’s back on his feet to receive the European Footballer Of The Year trophy that December.

He proves he’s a true sex god modelling for the new Armani underwear campaign in 2010.

A 10-metre high statue of him is later put up in Ramales Square, Madrid. The larger-than-life monument is created for a Nike advert.

Read on to check out more hot pictures of Cristiano…