Bobby Coral

first_imgFINE ARTS student Roberta “Bobby” Coral first saw the symbol on the wall of a Rad Cam toilet. It was alongside the tracks of a downward juddering bandwagon of homage to Pete Doherty. Drawn in aggressive pencil, it was a gaunt black triangle, its sides two-thirds up punctured with what could have been angel wings, or horns on a Viking helmet. Above it in jagged letters: HEADLESS. All the more striking was the dirty pearl of blank wall around it, six inches wide. It seemed the symbol was universally understood, among those who autographed toilets, to be sacrosanct.Bobby was eminently well-adjusted. If anything, that was her problem. It meant, as she knew, that she was rather supermarketbrand. Packaging like that of the market leader, only flimsier and in fewer colours. Hints of artificial sweeteners in that smile. But she did the job, with her shortcomings written plainly on the tin, and was not out to please an elite. So no ladders in her tights to lead you to snakes: the under-loved, the overindulged, the midnight quivers of a soul that needs always to be its own daydream. She was artless, no more, but no less. Not that she was wholly immune to itches for something more. She’d give herself an edge of walked through fire by charring her eyes with liner and mascara. Or stand in the Boots queue until it had tapered to only three deep, daring herself to go all the way with this blacking kit for her tresses currently reminiscent of weak tea.But that day, in the Rad Cam cubicle, she felt no such itch. So she refused to spook out, even if it was so weird that no one dared write near it (What if she did, right now? What would happen?). She restrained the same impulse on seeing the symbol again the following week, this time in chalk on Longwall Street, a little way down from the long-running “FREEDOM: NOT YET OUT ON DVD”.By her third encounter with it, her unease refused for a moment to get back in its kennel and howled clumsily through her veins instead. At The Sackler Library, a librarian whose stare at rest could disinfect a public toilet had told Bobby that ‘Aztec Premonitions of Modern Art’ was “naturally” on the shelf. Bobby searched for twenty minutes in vain. Then, at that point where it should have been according to its shelfmark, she noticed a tiny jaundiced tongue protruding from between two books. She prised them apart and pulled out a crumbling flake of card. There, drawn in ink that had purpled in antiquity like a bruise, was the Headless symbol. Paling, she took it downstairs to the librarian. “Book wasn’t there,” she told her. “But this was.” The librarian arranged her face into what she hoped was the highest madness antidote known to man. “So it was.”None of which prepared Bobby for the fourth time. Late for her tute with Dr Pynchette, she puffed up a blaze of rickety momentum across Pembroke, at last knocking on his door and flurrying in without waiting for his customary “Entertain me”. The curtains were drawn, drowsing the incoming sun so that it curled up at the feet of his bookshelves like an old cat lapping plaintively at dust. Amid this light someone was standing – but it wasn’t Dr Pynchette.Beside his desk, a woman upheld five feet, two inches of what they might tout as ‘Laura Ashley does Sexual Awakening’. She had her fingertips up on its oak, as though to takes its pulse. At Bobby’s entrance, she tightened with all the special force of a small woman and hissed: “Yes?” Bobby: “Dr Pynchette?” “He’s on leave. His students should have been told. Perhaps there hasn’t been time.” On leave? So abruptly? Bobby frowned: “Is it to do with the book he’s writing? Marginalia?”The woman edged around the desk and folded into its chair. She murmured, “I’m not sure what it’s to do with. As you can see, his phone was off the hook. I’m his sister.” It took a while for Bobby to process each of these sentences, like digits punched rapidly into a telephone. She moved forward into the smell of fried eggs that always hung over his desk like a builder’s daydream. The phone was still off the hook – his sister had touched nothing, as though this were his last fragile sandcastle.Bobby said, “He’s AWOL?” His sister flinched. “I,” she muttered darkly, “have three children, flowerbeds the dog waters and a suburban Jacuzzi of fellowship it sadly doesn’t. You know when I really wake up each morning? Raising the garage door. Shrieks like Bambi’s hit the blender and spits rust at me. That will always be so because I will never get round to fixing it. Yes, I have my frustrations too. Ray’s the only one who feels he can just disappear and come back if life rubs him the right way.”“He’s done this before?” His sister shrugged. “I was six the first time. We were in a Bristol supermarket: Ray, me, our mother. I leant closer to a fridge, my breath clouding the glass and his reflection. When it faded, he was gone. He’d followed the sound of a city seagull down the aisle and out the door. He called us later from a record shop to play some jazz down the line…”Bobby wasn’t listening. She was standing tremulously, having just had the breath whipped out from under her like a tablecloth in a show of tricks at a village fete. On a pad next to the phone, under the logo of the coffee-shop whose waitress he’d bullied it from and a feverish scrawl of ‘LOITERER’, was the Headless symbol.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

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House masters appointed

first_imgHarvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African-American Studies, today (March 26) announced the appointment of three House masters. Rakesh and Stephanie Khurana will become master and co-master of Cabot House. Douglas Melton and Gail O’Keefe will assume those roles at Eliot House, while Christie McDonald and Michael David Rosengarten will oversee Mather House.Last month, James L. Cavallaro, clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School (HLS) and executive director of the HLS Human Rights Program, and his wife, Nadejda Marques, were appointed interim master and co-master of Harvard College’s Currier House for the 2010-11 academic year.“I’m tremendously pleased that such outstanding scholars — and talented, enthusiastic members of the Harvard community — will be taking on these important and influential roles,” Hammonds said. “Each of the new masters — Professors Rakesh Khurana, Doug Melton, and Christie McDonald — are leading scholars in their fields. But more important than their scholarly contributions, they are, alongside their spouses, wonderful, outgoing people who have a passion for working with and mentoring students.“Harvard’s House system is both unique and has been central to the College’s undergraduate experience since the 1930s,” Hammonds continued. “Rakesh, Doug, and Christie will live up to the traditions of their many predecessors, while bringing new life and ideas to Cabot, Eliot, and Mather Houses. Please join me in welcoming them to each of these House communities.”Professor Rakesh Khurana and Stephanie Khurana (Cabot House)Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. He teaches a doctoral seminar on “Management and Markets and the Board of Directors and Corporate Governance” in the M.B.A. program.Khurana received his B.S. from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and his A.M. in sociology and his Ph.D. in organization behavior from Harvard. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a founding member of Cambridge Technology Partners.His research uses a sociological perspective to focus on the processes by which elites and leaders are selected and developed. He has written extensively about the CEO labor market and business education.His wife, Stephanie, is acting executive director for the Tobin Project, an alliance of the nation’s leading academics committed to pursuing transformative ideas that improve the lives of fellow citizens. She previously was co-founder, CEO, and director of Surebridge Inc.She received a B.S. in applied economics from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has served on the Cornell Advisory Board for Dean of Students and the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Her career includes receipt of a “Top 40 Under 40” award from the Boston Business Journal. She also serves on the board of Step Into Art, a nonprofit that provides art education for inner-city children.The couple have three children: Sonia (13), Nalini (11), and Jai (7).Professor Douglas Melton and Gail O’Keefe (Eliot House)Douglas Melton is the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is also a co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and has become a leading researcher and public advocate in stem cell research.He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois and then went to Cambridge University in England as a Marshall Scholar, where he received a B.A. in history and philosophy of science and a Ph.D. in molecular biology at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. He teaches undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students at Harvard in courses ranging from basic developmental biology to bioethics.As an educational consultant, Gail O’Keefe works with parents to help them gain an understanding of the learning issues that their children face, advocating for services, placement assistance, and working to improve parent-child relationships. She also works with EDCO, a voluntary collaborative of 21 urban and suburban school districts serving Greater Boston, to ensure that educational opportunities remain available for children in state custody.O’Keefe earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Connecticut, studied at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, and received an M.A. in applied developmental and educational psychology from Boston College.Professor Christie McDonald and Michael Rosengarten (Mather House)Christie McDonald, who grew up in New York City, received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College (having previously studied for a year in Paris) and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She is the Smith Professor of French Language and Literature and professor of comparative literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, where she served as chair from 2000 to 2006. Her research and teaching focus on the dialogue of literature with the social sciences and the arts. Two of her most recent collaborative projects will be published this year, “Rousseau and Freedom” and “French Global: A New Approach to French Literary History.”A native of Montreal, Michael David Rosengarten is associate dean of the Center for Continuing Health Professional Education and associate professor of medicine at McGill University. He earned a bachelor of electrical engineering from McGill before moving to the University of Ottawa, where he received his M.D. degree. Since 1980, Rosengarten has held numerous appointments at McGill and the Montreal General Hospital. A longtime cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology, he combined his medical experience with his computer and Web skills to lead McGill’s continuing medical education in distance learning.The two have spent more than 15 years commuting between Montreal and Cambridge, often meeting at their home in northern Vermont near the Canadian border. They will reside together at Mather House. They have four grown children in Montreal, Seattle, Atlanta, and Lowell, Mass.last_img read more

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Revealed: Inside the most expensive homes in QLD

first_imgThe beachfront home of BreakFree accommodation group founder and ex-AFL player Tony Smith and wife Simone has sold for a record $25m. Picture supplied.FROM lavish riverside mansions to palatial beachfront pads with equally luxurious price tags, Queensland’s top-selling homes of the past year have been revealed.The agents inking deals for the state’s most exclusive homes say COVID-19 had little impact at the top-end of the market, with big money changing hands for lifestyle properties before and during the pandemic.But many of the priciest property sales took place behind closed doors, shrouded in secrecy as the growing trend of selling offmarket gathered pace and high profile buyers and sellers sought discretion.The Gold Coast had the biggest home sale in Queensland in fiscal 2020, with a beachfront mansion fetching a jaw-dropping $25 million — equalling the state’s most expensive property on record.In fact, half of the 10 top selling homes in 2019/20 are on the Glitter Strip.Selling agent Harry Kakavas of Prestige Property Sales said the sale of 2 Heron Ave, Mermaid Beach, was proof cashed-up buyers — mostly from interstate — were seeking lifestyle properties even in the middle of a global health pandemic.Place Estate Agents managing director Sarah Hackett, whose $8.4 million sale of 99 McConnell St, Bulimba, just missed out on making the top 10 list, said COVID-19 was not even factored in to conversations with buyers and sellers in Brisbane’s prestige market.“For buyers and sellers, it’s a good time to consider upgrading, as it’s a neutral playground to invest in,” Mrs Hackett said.“I’m currently working with Sydney and Perth investors looking to Brisbane for opportunity.”“I’m excited about the top-end market and what is to come.” Two of the biggest sales of the past year were negotiated by Tom Offermann Real Estate in Noosa, which is now the most expensive housing market in Queensland.Mr Offermann said the inability to travel during coronavirus restrictions generated a surge in buying activity for holiday homes. “This year we sold apartments for $9 million and $14 million on the Noosa beachfront, which would have contributed to the rising median price,” principal Tom Offermann said.1. 2 HERON AVE, MERMAID BEACHVendor: Tony and Simone SmithNew owner: Not disclosedSale price: $25mSold: May 2020 This beachfront mansion at 2 Heron Ave, Mermaid Beach, was the biggest home sale in Queensland in 2019/20 and equals the biggest home sale in the state on record. Image supplied.One of the Gold Coast’s premier beachfront mansions sold offmarket for a jaw-dropping $25 million in May, blitzing the competition to take out the top sale of 2019/20. The luxurious abode — which takes up a whopping 40-metre slice of ocean frontage — was home to former AFL player and now property developer Tony Smith and his wife Simone.They paid $12 million for the property in 2014 when it was a block of shabby units and knocked it down to build a four-bedroom, four-bathroom Hamptons-style home.The buyer, who does not wish to be named, is believed to be a high profile figure from the Melbourne suburb of Toorak who intends to use the luxury beachside pad as a family holiday home.The home features high ceilings, a guest wing, a cinema, a spa and steam rooms, and sits on a 2112 sqm lot. This home at 2 Heron Ave, Mermaid Beach, sold for $25m. Picture: Jerad Williams.2. 1 KING ARTHUR TCE, TENNYSONVendor: Karl Morris, Brisbane Broncos chairmanNew owner: Canstuct International CEO Rory MurphySale price: $17.6mSold: October 2019 This property at 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, was the biggest home sale in Queensland in 2019/20.The riverfront mansion owned by the chairman of the Brisbane Broncos sold offmarket to another high-profile chief executive in October.Records confirm Canstruct International CEO Rory Murphy paid a whopping $17.6 million for the property at 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson.Canstruct International, a construction and services company operated out of nearby Yeerongpilly, was awarded the lucrative contract by the Federal Government to run the immigration detention centre on Nauru.The house sits on a whopping 4224sq m and has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, garaging for six vehicles, a pool and a championship-size tennis court.It also boasts possibly Brisbane’s biggest private pontoon at 50m, plus 98m of river frontage and unobstructed northern views up the Brisbane River to the Walter Taylor Bridge.Karl Morris and his wife, Louise, bought the property in 2008 for $6.8 million and tore down the original home to rebuild a Bayden Goddard-designed, Tuscan-style home in its place in 2010.It comes close to being the most expensive home ever sold in the city, but that title is still held by the clifftop mansion at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, which recently came back on the market.It sold for $18.48 million in 2017. This property at 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, sold for $17.6m.3. 46 SEAVIEW TCE, SUNSHINE BEACHVendor: David Hales, Betty’s Burgers’ founderNew owner: Therese Rein and Kevin RuddSale price: $17mSold: May 2020 This beachfront home at Sunshine Beach recently sold for $17m.The stunning Sunshine Beach mansion owned by Betty’s Burgers founder David Hales sold for $17 million in May, after being on the market with another agent for six months.Hales had hoped to get $20 million for the seven-bedroom, five-bathroom property, which was previously owned by tennis great Pat Rafter. Ms Rein and Mr Rudd were recently revealed as the buyers of the luxurious home. Designed by architect John Burgess, the seven-bedroom home has panoramic views of the ocean, as well as a pool, home theatre, study, media room and wine room with climate-­controlled cellar. The sale is just shy of the all-time record for Noosa, which was set in 2018 when a seven-bedroom beachfront property at 21-23 Webb Road sold for $18 million. Therese Rein and Kevin Rudd have been revealed as the buyers of this Sunshine Beach home.4. 8/55 HASTINGS ST, NOOSA HEADSVendor: Modara Grange Pty LtdNew owner: Lisgroup Pty LtdSale price: $14mSold: February 2020 A unit in this apartment block on Noosa’s famous Hastings Street sold for $14m.An apartment on Noosa Main Beach smashed multiple records for houses and apartments in the seaside town, when it fetched a cool $14 million in February — the highest price ever paid for an apartment there.Tom Offermann Real Estate agents Eric Seetoo and Nick Hunter were the listing agents and Roark Walsh negotiated the sale of 8/55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads.The all-time residential record for Noosa Heads was exceeded by nearly $3 million with the previous highest sale being $11.2 million two years ago.One of the two penthouses in the six apartment building, it has 242 sqm of living space, three-bedrooms, a study, plus a 66 sqm L-shaped rooftop terrace, which seemingly floats over the Laguna Bay beachfront. The view from 8/55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads.5. 14 SUTHERLAND AVE, ASCOTVendor: Christopher and Linda MiersNew owner: Not disclosedSale price: $13.14mSold: March 2020 This house at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, sold for $13.14m. Image: CoreLogic.One of Brisbane’s oldest and grandest estates sold for more than $13 million in March — setting a sale price record for the blue-chip suburb of Ascot.The property at 14 Sutherland Ave was snapped up after less than three weeks on the market in a deal negotiated by Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire and his colleague, Hamish Bowman.Built in 1886, Windermere is a six-bedroom, four-bathroom heritage Queenslander on a 4660sq m parcel of land.Mr Lancashire said the property sold to a local developer with a young family after attracting interest from interstate as well as expat buyers in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, plus some Australian farmers.The property has a tennis court, pool and spa, and lush gardens landscaped by designer Paul Bangay.A guest wing features a second kitchen and access to a wine cellar, sauna and media room. There are two courtyards – one with a pizza oven and fountain, and the other with a barbecue, shed and cubby house. The kitchen in the house at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot.6. 15 SOUTHERN CROSS DR, SURFERS PARADISEVendor: Terry Gavan, head of EMACS ElectricalNew owner: Not disclosedSale price: $12.45mSold: June 2020 This property at 15 Southern Cross Dr, Cronin Island, Surfers Paradise, has sold for $12.45m.The former family mansion of disgraced Billabong CEO Matthew Perrin just made it into the top sales list for the past financial year. The property, which became one of the Gold Coast’s most controversial homes, sold in June to an interstate buyer who plans to relocate from Sydney.The price is more than double the $6.1 million seller Terry Gavan paid in 2012.When Mr Gavan purchased 15 Southern Cross Dr eight years ago it ended a wrangle between the Commonwealth Bank and Nicole Perrin, the ex-wife of the later-jailed Mr Perrin. Inside the property at 15 Southern Cross Dr, Surfers Paradise.The bank sought to seize the property in a bid to recover a $13.5 million debt owed by Mr Perrin after he filed for bankruptcy in 2009.Ms Perrin won in court, arguing that her then-husband had forged her name on loan documents.The house, which sits on two lots, has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a 2000-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, and garaging for 12 cars.Michael Kollosche, who sold the property with the Kollosche agency’s Ryan Ward, said the sale was achieved in 10 days.Mr Kollosche said the sale reflected the strength of the top end of the market for ‘trophy assets’. This property at 15 Southern Cross Dr, Surfers Paradise, sold for $12.45m.7. 1-3 LA SCALA COURT, ISLE OF CAPRI Vendor: UndisclosedNew owner: UndisclosedSale price: $11.75mSold: June 2020 This mansion at 1-3 La Scala Court, Isle of Capri, was one of the biggest sales of the last financial year. Picture supplied by Amir Mian.This jaw-dropping mega mansion on the Glitter Strip recently sold for $11.75 million.Amir Mian of Amir Prestige negotiated the sale, but declined to comment on the sellers or buyers.Riverpoint, a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom residence with a raft of luxury features, is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and is reminiscent of a Thai resort.Built on a massive point position with 90m of main river frontage, the 1,651sq m residence at 1-3 La Scala Court has several areas for relaxation and entertainment, including a cinema, kitchen with scullery and cold room, an executive office, gymnasium and three powder rooms.There’s also a private beach, pontoon and boat ramp with direct access to the 10 car basement garage, as well as the tennis court. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoInside the home at 1-3 La Scala Court, Isle of Capri.8. 37-39 BRITTANIC CRES, SOVEREIGN ISLANDSVendor: Xin ChenNew owner: Ka Yee ChoiSale price: $11 millionSold: September 2019 This mansion at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, sold for $11m.A Sovereign Islands mansion sold for $11 million in September.The sprawling residence at 37-39 Brittanic Crescent is in the affluent gated community within Paradise Point.The deal was inked before the property even had a chance to hit the market.The residence is the epitome of opulence with soaring ceilings, feature lighting and luxury detailed finishes throughout.It has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms while a ‘Gold Lounge’ cinema room, wet bar and outdoor entertainment pavilion with pool are among its highlights. Inside the home at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands.9. 67 & 69 HEDGES AVE, MERMAID BEACHVendor: Mitchell Services founder Peter MitchellNew owner: Sara Kirby, wife of Village Roadshow CEO Clark KirbySale price: $10.3 millionSold: December 2019 The double block at 67 and 69 Hedges Ave on “Millionaires Row” at Mermaid Beach sold for $10.3m. Photo supplied.Still on the Gold Coast, a beachfront double block in Mermaid Beach’s so-called ‘millionaires’ row’ fetched $10.3 million.Drilling business veteran Peter Mitchell sold the neighbouring properties for almost double the price he paid.Property records show Mr Mitchell paid $200,000 for No. 67 in 1981 and $5 million for No. 69 in 2005.The land parcel, comprising 810 sqm, was one of the last remaining double blocks on the beachfront at Mermaid Beach.It was offered for sale for the first time in nearly 40 years by the drilling tycoon. An old house on the site at 69 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.Surrounded by luxurious homes, the development site with 20m beach frontage was originally advertised for $10.5 million through marketing agent Tony Velissariou.Two houses are currently on the block, but will likely be demolished to make way for the Kirbys’ new dream home.Sara Kirby, formerly Groen, was a co-host on Channel Seven’s Saturday Disney in the early 2000s, before going on to become a weather presenter for the network’s evening news.Last month, the 39-year-old appeared alongside her husband to announce the reopening of Village Roadshow’s Gold Coast theme parks after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. Clark and Sara Kirby.10. 6/55 HASTINGS ST, NOOSA HEADSVendor: Pamela RoseNew owner: David Anstey and Rachel WalshSale price: $9 millionSold: November 2019 An apartment in this building at 55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, sold for $9m.This beachfront unit is in the same Hastings Street complex as the apartment that fetched $14 million earlier this year.The property at 6/55 Hastings Street, which was also sold by Tom Offermann Real Estate, was listed with a price guide of $11 million, but ended up selling for $9 million in a cash unconditional deal.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment is literally footsteps from Noosa’s glamorous Main Beach and is the size of a penthouse at 250 sqm. This apartment at 6/55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, sold for $9m. BIGGEST HOME SALES OF FISCAL 2019/20 IN QUEENSLAND 1. 2 Heron Ave Mermaid Beach House $25m 05/20202. 1 King Arthur Tce Tennyson House $17.6m 07/10/20193. 46 Seaview Tce Sunshine Beach House $17m 05/20204. 8/55 Hastings St Noosa Heads Unit $14m 02/20205. 14 Sutherland Ave Ascot House $13.14m 15/03/20206. 15 Southern Cross Dr Surfers Paradise House $12.45m 29/06/20207. 1-3 La Scala Court Isle of Capri House $11.75m 25/06/20208. 37-39 Brittanic Cres Sovereign Islands House $11m 26/09/20199. 67 & 69 Hedges Ave Mermaid Beach House $10.3m 7/12/2019 10. 6/55 Hastings St Noosa Heads Unit $9m 6/12/2019(Sources: Realestate.com.au, CoreLogic, selling agents) Address Suburb Property type Sale price Sale datelast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo: All you need to know about the goal machine

first_img 11 months ago Cristiano Ronaldo breaks down during interview with Piers Morgan Cristiano Ronaldo or CR7 is a football player born in a small town in Portugal. He is known for his records and for his amazing fitness. However, his road to glory wasn’t an easy one. As a young boy, CR7 played for Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. He developed his skill there but he wasn’t discovered until he faced a giant team. It was this match that got him noticed and started his goal-scoring spell. This match was between Sporting Lisbon and Premier League giants Manchester United. Facing such a high profile opposition at a young age, Ronaldo managed to impress the Premier League side while playing for Sporting Lisbon. Read: Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals His Blood, Sweat&tear Filled Fitness Regime Cristiano Ronaldo’s Career So FarWhile playing against United, Ronaldo caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager of Manchester United. They showed interest in him and soon he was signed by the Red Devils. After joining Manchester United, he was welcomed by the fans there. He was young and all alone miles away from home. This didn’t demotivate him and he used all the time he had to practice there. His former teammate Carlos Tevez has mentioned in an interview that Ronaldo would start training before anyone else could even arrive. Read: Student Writes Cristiano Ronaldo In Answer Paper, Fails French ExamRonaldo is very competitive in nature and is absolutely disciplined about his lifestyle. While at Manchester United, he made 196 appearances and scored 84 goals in the Premier League. He was best known for his free-kicks and for his finishing skill. He gained a massive fan following while at Manchester United. He absolutely showed dedication towards the club and that helped them win the league. CR7 was loved by all and he did face some amount of criticism. However, he didn’t let that get in his way and kept working on himself. In 2009, Real Madrid showed interest in Ronaldo and signed him from Manchester United.Ronaldo’s fierce competition with MessiWhile at Real Madrid, Ronaldo became an absolute legend, however, Lionel Messi was in the same league as him and was his fierce competitor. Cristiano has said that for 15 years, he and Messi have shared a competitive rivalry. He pushes Messi to be better and Messi pushes him to be better. Ronaldo became an absolute beast while at Real Madrid and it is here where he earned the tag of ‘the goal-scoring machine’ Ronaldo was scoring goals in almost every match that he played. Internationally, Ronaldo has gone on to win many accolades for his country. His most notable performance was when Portugal faced Spain during the FIFA World Cup in 2018 as he scored a thrilling hat-trick and won the game for his team. Ronaldo has been an inspiration for many young football players. His hard work and dedication have been an example for many professional players as well. Currently, Ronaldo plays for Juventus and has already won the Italian Serie A title with his side. Read: Lionel Messi ‘made Me Better Player’, Says Cristiano RonaldoRead: Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks Down During Interview With Piers Morgan 11 months ago Cristiano Ronaldo reveals his blood, sweat&tear filled fitness regime COMMENT Gladwin Menezes 1 year ago Student writes Cristiano Ronaldo in answer paper, fails French exam SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 year ago Lionel Messi ‘made me better player’, says Cristiano Ronaldo Last Updated: 18th September, 2019 21:37 IST Cristiano Ronaldo: All You Need To Know About The Goal Machine Cristiano Ronaldo: Cristiano Ronaldo in football and how and why he is called The Goal Scoring Machine. His journey from a a 19 year old to an Absolute legend.center_img FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND Written By First Published: 18th September, 2019 16:16 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE 11 months ago Mateo Messi imitates father’s signature style celebration, watch herelast_img read more

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