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Ronaldo  (be born) on 5 February 1985 in Santo António. His mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro,  (work) as a cook, and  his father, José Dinis Aveiro,  (be) a municipal gardener. He was  (name) Ronaldo after the US president Ronald Reagan, his father's favorite actor.

Ronaldo  (begin)  his career as a youth player for Andorinha, where he  (play) for two years, then  (move) to Nacional. In 1997, he made a move to Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal. Ronaldo's precocious talent  (catch) the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, and he  (sign) the 18-year-old for £12.24 million in 2003. The following season, Ronaldo  (win) his first club honour, the FA Cup. In 2008, Ronaldo  (win) the Champions League with United, and was named player of the tournament. The FIFA   (name) the FIFPro World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Player of the Year. He also  (become) Manchester United's first Ballon d'Or winner in 40 years.


On 26 June 2009, Ronaldo  (join) Real Madrid. 80,000 fans  (welcome) him at his presentation at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Ronaldo  (make) his Madrid debut on 21 July and he  (score) his first goal one week later.


On 3 July 2010 he  (have) his frst son, Cristiano dos Santos Aveiro. In 2010 he also  (start) dating Russian model Irina Shayk.

Lionel Andres Messi   (be born) on 24 June 1987 in south of Rosario, in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina.  From a very early age, he  (have) a passion for the ball. 

As a child, when I was about 8, he  (have) to undergo special treatment in order to have a normal rate of growth. Every night he  (sit) on his bed and have injections in his legs.  The problem  (be) that the treatment was very expensive and his family couldn’t afford it. His parents  (try) everything.  In the end, it seemed like the solution  (be) in Spain, in Lerida, where some of his relatives  (live). His Dad was offered a job and, at the same time, it  (be) his chance to go for a trial with Barça.

Luckily, the trials  (go) well and he  (join) FC Barcelona.  Barcelona  (sign) him after watching him play, offering to pay for the medical bills if he  (move) to Spain. His family moved to Europe and he  (start) in the club's youth teams. Messi  (make) his official debut for the first team against Espanyol on 16 October 2004 when he  (be). Since then he has won many team and individual awards. In 2009 and 2010 he  (win) the Ballon d'Or.





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