With long admiration of the former Manchester United player for his fondness for beautiful cars, and he has owned a vast number of them in his time. Take a look at as many of them as we could find – and among the Ferraris and Bentleys, there are some surprises in store….
Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley’s Continental GT has carved out a reputation as a favourite runabout for well-heeled soccer stars and Cristiano seems to have fallen for its charms. This is the man himself in 2007 driving the convertible GTC model.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sports Coupé
Sometimes global football superstars need a break from their exotic cars and like to get behind the wheel of something less plush. Here’s Ronaldo ‘slumming it’ with a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sports Coupé while on holiday in Madeira in 2007.
Porsche 911 Carrera 2S Cabriolet
Hold the footballer jokes please, because Cristiano really did buy a Porsche 911 Cabriolet before selling it for around £70,000 in 2009.
Surprise, surprise, but it was finished in proper footballer spec, with bling 19-inch Turbo alloys, a tiptronic auto box and, of course, that canvas roof.
This is Cristiano filming a commercial in Madrid in March 2011. He’s at the wheel of a Maserati GranCabrio, the drop-top version of Maserati’s gorgeous GranTurismo coupé. The car costs £98,000 and is powered by a 434bhp V8 engine.
Bentley GT Speed
With a 600bhp W12 twin-turbo engine, a top speed in excess of 200mph and four-wheel drive, this is the perfect car to show off in.
Ronaldo owned this one before selling it for around £114,000 in 2009.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo by Techart
Rumour has it that Ronaldo has owned a number of Porsche Cayennes including this eyeball-shattering monstrosity by Porsche tuner Techart.
Finished in white and wearing a bold bodykit and wild 22-inch wheels, it could rocket to 62mph in 5.6 seconds and sold for £35k recently.
The R8 is the must-have supercar of the season so few surprises that Ronaldo has owned one.
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
Cristiano will always be associated with the 599 GTB. He’s been photographed with the car on many occasions and he famously crashed one in a tunnel near Manchester Airport.
This shot was taken in July 2008 around six months before the accident but rumour has it that he later replaced the damaged 599 with another one.
Costing £180,000 and capable of 205mph, the 599 GTB Fiorano has been one of the best-received Ferrari products of recent years. It’s powered by a 6.0-litre V12 with 612bhp and can hit 62mph in 3.7s.
Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI
Lord knows what possessed Ronaldo to buy one of these. Presumably it’s for the maid to nip to the shops in? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good enough car, but a diesel smoker doesn’t exactly fit with his superstar image.
He sold it on Auto Trader for £10,795 and got his street cred back.
Audi’s mighty RS6 is a fire-breathing monster amongst sensible estate cars. It packs a twin-turbo V10 engine with over 570bhp. The sprint to 62mph takes 4.6 seconds and Audi asked customers for nearly £80,000 for the privilege of scaring themselves, four passengers and a flat-pack wardrobe witless.
This is Ronaldo in his silver RS6 while house-hunting in Spain in 2009. He’s in good company: both messrs Beckham & Rooney have been seen in these uber-estates recently.
This is Ronaldo in 2008 arriving on the red carpet at an award ceremony in the Audi Q7 SUV. Even by luxury 4×4 standards, the Q7 is a big hunk of car. It’s over five metres long and tips the scales at over 2,200kg in its most slimline guise.
Ronaldo raced a Bugatti Veyron on foot – and beat it – for a TV advert and was apparently so impressed with the 253mph Bugatti that he placed an order for one.
Aston Martin DB9
Rumour has it that Cristiano’s fleet of automotive exotica has featured Aston Martin’s elegant grand tourer. The £130,000 asking price certainly puts it in his exclusive ball park and the 470bhp V12 engine can see it to 60mph in 4.6s.
BMW’s M6 has a 500bhp V10 engine and a £90,000 price tag but compared to the super-exclusive hypercars in Cristiano Ronaldo’s collection it actually looks quite modest.
Ronaldo is pictured here in August 2006 leaving a cafe in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. He’d recently returned to train with Manchester United after the 2006 World Cup, in which a frank discussion with fellow Man Utd player Wayne Rooney during the England v Portugal match put him on both front and back pages.
This is Cristiano in 2007 riding aboard a modified Porsche Cayenne being driven into the Manchester United training ground by a friend. In high-performance Turbo form, the Cayenne turns in fearsome performance thanks to its V8 engine packing close to 500bhp.
Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid in 2009, leaving Manchester United after 196 appearances and 84 goals. He’s pictured here getting into his £80,000 black Audi RS6 in that same year.