Cristiano Ronaldo

by ethnic on October 18, 2009

Birth Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Place of Birth: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Date of Birth: February 5, 1985

Ethnicity: Portuguese

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer. He has won five Ballon d’Or awards. He is the son of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Dinis Aveiro.

One of his great-grandmothers was from Cape Verde. It is unclear whether she was of Cape Verdean ancestry. Ronaldo is his second name. He was named after American President Ronald Reagan. Ronaldo has four children.

Cristiano’s paternal grandfather was Humberto de Aveiro (the son of José de Aveiro and Rosa Isabel da Piedade). José was the son of José de Aveiro and Maria de Jesus. Rosa was born in Praia, Cape Verde, the daughter of Rosa Maria dos Santos.

Cristiano’s paternal grandmother was named Filomena Martins Pereira.

Cristiano’s maternal grandparents’ surnames are Nunes and dos Santos.


Genealogy of Cristiano Ronaldo –

Genealogy of Cristiano Ronaldo (focusing on his father’s side) –

Article about Cristiano’s father’s family –

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by Ethnic and Mooki

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew December 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm

He has five Ballon d’Or awards, like Lionel Messi.

stlucas October 25, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Cristiano’s paternal grandmother was Filomena Martins Pereira.

Family Tree of Cristiano Ronaldo (focusing on his paternal grandfather’s roots) –

athelya November 22, 2015 at 5:48 pm

my grandfather originates from Madeira.. i’m happy about it because it keeps me from looking like an average white girl.

cwm85 November 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Stupidest comment on here… you have a problem looking like a “white girl” my advice be glad of who and what you are…

athelya November 23, 2015 at 2:14 pm

how is it stupid? i’m being proud about my roots because it keeps me from looking like everyone else where i live. Thats being glad for who i am (i knew someone was going to have a problem with that lmao) yet people comment negative derogatory comments about non-white people, oh the irony.

ashash November 26, 2016 at 9:57 pm

I don’t know. Lyndsy Fonseca looks like an average white girl to me, albeit better looking. Nelly Furtado does not look like the average white girl [in the U.S.] She probably looks like the average white girl in Portugal, though.

ashash November 27, 2016 at 5:11 pm

I also think that poster was claiming Portuguese people are white and they are. They cluster with the rest of Europeans.

Man from Leblon October 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm

yes many Portuguese have light eyes, but not the majority. That is due to the Germanic influence in the region mixing with the local Celtic peoples.
There isn’t any, if very little, trace of Arab or Moorish blood in the population of Portugal, since any person that was converted the Islam or married into Islam was also expelled from the country during the “Reconquista”, which was completed in Portugal ealier than in Spain.

fuzzybear44 October 29, 2015 at 11:38 pm

@Man from Leblon

(There isn’t any, if very little, trace of Arab or Moorish blood in the population of Portugal, since any person that was converted the Islam or married into Islam was also expelled from the country during the “Reconquista”, which was completed in Portugal ealier than in Spain.)

That’s not completely accurate. Yes they did expel a lot of people, but the ones they converted were allowed to stay. On top of that, they began importing Africans. You also have to remember that people left those countries by boat load. so it’s no telling what was in the bloodlines of the people who left. Also black people have continued to go to those countries over the centuries

Alice November 29, 2016 at 3:19 am

The Celts are interesting but they were not just one group of people and it is difficult to explain who they were as they have disappeared from the European mainland. In places like Spain and Portugal they were called Celtiberians because they mixed with the indigenous people there. There are many changing theories on who they are. The only criteria they use today is that they speak a Celtic language or at least spoke a Celtic language in the recent past e.g. the Cornish. I think really people can only say they were a culture as genetically the Insular Celts (Irish, Scots, Welsh) are more similar to their neighbours and also the Bretons. The Portuguese are also similar to their neighbours and cluster with the Southern French, Spanish and Northern Italians.

Peanut December 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm

portuguese people have around 10% african admixture, 3/4 of it from north africa, the rest from sub-saharan african.

ashash December 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Italians have more African admixture than him on average, and Portuguese usually have 2% or often less Sub-Saharan admixture.

ashash December 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm

*than them

Iberians (Spanish and Portuguese) are closer to Brits than Italians who are most similar to Ashkenazi Jews

Alice December 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

Iberians (Spanish and Portuguese) are actually significantly closer to Northern Italians than they are to any British Isles population. They are also closer to Tuscans which are more Central Italians. Iberians are closer to Southern French, Northern Italians and also many populations such as South Dutch, West Germans etc separate them from their closest British Isles population which would be South West English, Cornish, South East English etc. Interestingly Insular Celts such as Irish and Scots are in fact quite distant to any Iberian population hence what I was explaining about “Celtic” genetics.

andrew December 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm

@ Alice

those genetic charts are literally meaningless from a phenotypic perspective and they’re good just for nerds who surf so-called “anthropology forums”. Iberians (Spanish and Portuguese) might be significantly “closer” to Northern Italians than they are to any British Isles population (it makes sense being British Isles in North-West Europe and Iberia and Italy in Southern Europe), but Spanish and Portuguese overlap more to Southern Italians and Greeks, than to Southern French and even Northern Italians.

cwm85 August 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm

I thought he was Spanish. Lol I don’t follow soccer.

neiltennant August 4, 2015 at 8:23 am

i had my stereotypes about portugeses but then i had 4 friends in the last years both of full portugese descent and another one half italian+ half portugese

and all 5 blue eyed and all brown/black haired

look at NELLY FURTADO also full portugese

some claim that the light eyed indians got their appearance from the portugese settlers

andrew June 11, 2015 at 6:37 am

correction: “Pai Incógnito” is not the name of a person but it means “unknown father”

article about Cristiano’s paternal family

sarahle May 25, 2015 at 11:34 am

sorry, but he doesn’t look good at all… I don’t get the hype about him.

Woogieboo April 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm

I don’t care about his skin color, he is just perfectly molded! <3

SpaniardIam April 3, 2015 at 6:37 am

Cristiano is the island of Madeira. That island had many African slaves working in fields of sugar. That’s African heritage have many of the inhabitants of the island. I think it is clear that Ronaldo has an African side. He has an incredible physique, this is an African heritage.

thomas1987 April 26, 2015 at 3:17 am

Hes not mixed
He is white.
And his tan is fake btw

theropod April 1, 2015 at 6:56 am

He looks fully Southern European. Just because you’re a bit dark it doesn’t mean that you’re Mestizo, black, Indian….

A gorgeous picture of him btw. Yum…

idontknowlol May 25, 2015 at 9:11 am

Indian complexions vary greatly. You can’t generalize. Move over the “Indians are dark” stereotype already.

Check7t August 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

he look typical Spaniard/Portuguese

exotic looking Portuguese would be someone like Simao Sabrosa:

Marseille September 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Simao is not that dark, you picked a picture of him with a very dark tan.


Marseille July 9, 2014 at 11:28 pm

What does “Cape Verdean” mean? The Portuguese colonized Cape Verde and made the whole island mixed up. Some white, some black, some mixed.

Was his Cape Verdean ancestor a Black Cape Verdean? Mixed? White Portuguese colonial coming back to the mainland? Cause he looks typical Spaniard/Portuguese.

Marseille July 9, 2014 at 11:26 pm

“he looks like a mestizo”

Lol, bullshit. If he ‘looks mestizo’ he would have to exhibit Native American traits.

He looks like a typical Iberian man.

goleiro August 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Spanish and Portuguese are mixtures with Arabs.

nina January 11, 2015 at 2:28 pm

No it’s the other way around arabs are a mixtures with spanish and portugese especially north africa

xmargarida July 9, 2014 at 4:36 am

His grandmother is NOT from Cape Verde. She is Portuguese from Madeira. He is NOT part Cape Verdean. I can guaranteed you this as I am from his home town and know his family.

undashing April 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Ronaldo has black grandmother, so he is not 100% white.

He looks like a mestizo.

ssempre July 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Lol mestizos are native american and white, not black and white…

xoxo August 2, 2015 at 10:20 pm

He looks like a typical Brazilian of European, African, and Native American ancestry.

Check7t February 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I agree with the other comments, Ronaldo looks fully white, nothing black about him.

We don’t even know if his ancestor really did come from Cape Verde and if she did, that doesn’t mean she couldn’t have been a White Cape Verdean as the Portuguese were still there.

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