When was Cristiano Ronaldo first called CR7? Exploring ex-Real Madrid star’s nicknames

Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Manchester United talismanic player has been blessed with many adored nicknames over the years from his fans, the media, and the public for his unprecedented charisma on the green field of soccer.
So, let’s explore some of his most common nicknames and the history of their origins.

When Ronaldo got his CR7 nickname?

The footballer moved to Manchester United in 2003 and there he was given jersey no. 7 to wear which was previously worn by the iconic footballer, David Beckham.

Putting on a jersey of a legendary player motivated the player immensely and since then people started calling him CR7 which is a combination of the initials of his name and his jersey number.

Which US president he named after?

Ronaldo’s father José Dinis Aveiro was professionally an operation manager of a local club. The man was a big fan of the late actor and the 40th president of the USA Ronald Reagan. During his son’s birth, Ronald was the active president of America and for his love for the man, he named his son after him.

Why is he called “El Bicho”? What does it mean in English?

Spanish commentator gave this nickname to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner during a game when he was playing for Real Madrid. ‘El Bicho’ is a Spanish term that means ‘The Bug’ in English.

Ronaldo has always been a ferocious figure on the field, his exceptional dribbling; killer shots, and game-changing abilities create fear among his opponents just like bugs. And this is the reason why he was given such a nickname by the commentator.

Why is he called “Mr. Champions League”?

Ronaldo is called Mr. Champions League by the public for the successes he achieved at the peak hours of his career adventures. He won five championship league trophies and achieved an enviable mark within the league. His first championship win was with Manchester United and the other four were with Real Madrid.

This Portuguese footballer has established himself as one of the best footballers of all time by dint of his unwavering dedication to the sport. What are Ronaldo’s top skills as a footballer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Golenur Aktar

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Golenur Aktar is a writer and made her debut in the 'Pen & Paper' industry holding the hands of Sportszion. She ignited her writing craze from Biography articles and now writes about NFL.


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