Cristiano Ronaldo

by ethnic on October 18, 2009

Birth Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Place of Birth: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Date of Birth: 5 February, 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 not clear whether she was of Cape Verdean ancestry.

Cristiano was named after American President Ronald Reagan. He has four children.

Cristiano’s paternal grandfather was Humberto de Aveiro (the son of José de Aveiro and Rosa Isabel da Piedade). Humberto was born in Madeira. 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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andrew September 30, 2018 at 4:32 pm


CR7 and Messi’s pics are very very old. If you can, you might change them with more recent ones.

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

DK1x September 30, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Look at his hair. He’s clearly not African.

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

DK1x September 30, 2018 at 1:47 pm

I’m Italian, French & Portuguese according to ancestry. How come middle eastern didn’t show up in my results Sherlock?

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.

DK1x September 30, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Pic or gtfo.

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.

Indian January 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Im from sri lanka and im of Tamil & Portuguese descent .
Im 100% sure Ronaldos grandmother is ethnic Portuguese orgin. It has nothing to do with skin colour , Ronaldo has Caucasian Facial feutures look at him . Im little dark Brown like most Indians (India) but my Facial feutures are 80% like Caucasian.

Susy January 1, 2014 at 11:51 pm

CRonaldo has no great grandmother from Cap Verde. This is an absolute stupidity. Ronaldo is completely white has all real Portuguese.

Some have more sun exposure than others. Ronaldo likes the good life and is often seen in beaches and resorts as well as being a user of solarium.

Look at pictures of a young Ronaldo at United and it’s clear that he is 100% Caucasian.

fuzzybear44 January 2, 2014 at 3:40 am

Looking white completely white,doesn’t mean no mixed heritage.Spend enough time on here,and you’ll see that

fuzzybear44 January 2, 2014 at 4:40 am

wrote white to many times

ethnic January 2, 2014 at 5:37 am

Agreed. You never really know just by looking at someone.

fuzzybear44 January 2, 2014 at 5:52 am
ethnic January 2, 2014 at 6:40 am

What a mix!

Marc 2 January 2, 2014 at 7:22 am

Oh… this is Tracey Emin, British painter… i’ve seen documentary film about her ancestors, not long ago. She’s of English,Turkish and Gypsy origin.

fuzzybear44 January 2, 2014 at 7:45 am
fuzzybear44 January 2, 2014 at 7:46 am


AnonymousPerson December 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

He’s overrated and not as hot as he thinks he is. I’ve seen better looking guys than him that aren’t even famous.

Susy January 1, 2014 at 11:53 pm

How do you know what he thinks? Are you some sort of mind reader?

Anyway, his current GF, one of the hottest Supermodels on earth, must be a lot more attractive than you and she ain’t complaining.

By the way, no one ever said he is the most attractive person on earth. Only that he is the best football player and ADDING to that, one of the most attractive bodies of the world sports.

nina January 11, 2015 at 2:31 pm

In my opinion he doesn’t look attractive at all he looks more feminine exept for his body and he is not the best football player

andrew May 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

also the desciption couldn’t be worst than “..was once dating American socialite Paris Hilton”…

nnnnn May 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

That’s why he’s a “celebrity”. His achivement in football
are not important

pixels May 6, 2013 at 2:42 am

Ronaldo is white like all people who are ethnically Portuguese.

Just because he has some non-white admixture at some point down the line it does not make him a non-white.

Some white people have small percentages of Native American and black in them.

That doesn’t mean they aren’t white.

He’s white and that’s all.

fuzzybear44 May 6, 2013 at 4:38 am

(Some white people have small percentages black in them.)

Some,no try a lot of them.However I do agree,(That doesn’t mean they aren’t white).

DK1x September 30, 2018 at 1:50 pm

I took a DNA test from Ancestry & my African DNA is 0-1%. So that means I most likely have no African DNA.

DK1x September 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm

And I’m white by the way.

andrew May 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm

CR7 has no Cape Verdean heritage IMO, it was just the alleged scoop of a local newspaper to sell more copies.

Lima December 28, 2013 at 12:02 am

In your opinion he doesn’t have any cape verdian heritage, what are you a joke its a fact you dumbass , its nothing to have a opnion about.

andrew December 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

quote: “It is unclear what her ancetry was.”

beyfox January 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm

He looks brazilian

Alice January 6, 2013 at 2:13 am

My other comment is awaiting moderation. Yes I have heard of Sandra Laing. That is a baffling case. I wonder if there are more cases of white people having a black child? Even if the parents had black ancestry I don’t know how Sandra could look like she did? The parents would show more African traits than they did. I would need a dna test to confirm that her parents are actually hers? I know the father had a blood test but there was no dna tests at the time he took the test. The test only confirmed that with his type blood he could be the father of Sandra but that’s not really conclusive to me. There are more likely scenarios for someone like Sandra than something like a throwback gene. Why doesn’t this sort of thing happen more often? Things that make you go hmmm.

Alice January 6, 2013 at 4:08 am

Above comment was in answer to fuzzybear44.

fuzzybear44 January 6, 2013 at 5:44 am

To Alice

LOL,I know you were talking to me.Now going by the story,the third child also came out blackish looking.Now at that time,it was said he watch wife like hawk.So he was sure his wife wasn’t cheating on him.Now I don’t know how it happen,all I can say is the human body has it’s own playbook,that we still don’t understand.Now I have seen other cases on net,but I haven’t spent much time on them,to busy.However,I only mention her,to see if you guys ever heard of her.

Alice January 6, 2013 at 5:51 am

It is a very interesting case. Because they were in South Africa the two parents probably have some African ancestry. It is just amazing that Sandra came out looking as she did when her parents looked white. I really would like a paternal dna test done in these cases. In Sandra case they could do tests on her brothers and compare the dna to her. Then we would know for sure.

fuzzybear44 January 6, 2013 at 6:03 am

To Alice

That’s true,but neither brother would even talk to her

andrew January 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

he is portuguese..stupid claiming by cape verdean media

GeorgeJeanPierre January 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

No I can’t agree with you because it isn’t true. How can 8 to 12 percent African amount to anything? It can’t. He doesn’t look mulatto or quadroon or octoroon he looks like a standard Portuguese man. Because he is. He even said he wasn’t black.

fuzzybear44 January 6, 2013 at 5:29 am

To Pierre

(He doesn’t look mulatto or quadroon or octoroon )
All these you mention,can look completely white,and you wouldn’t know they were 50% or lower.It seems to me,your looking for stereotypical traits.Now as I’ve told many other s on here,black people are not just Negroid(they do come in Caucasian).We have no idea what that black ancestor looked like(especially if he was mixedblood).So the traits you’re looking for,might not exist.There’s a family of black people with red hair around the corner from me.From the Grandmother,her daughter and sons,to the grand kids(all have red hair). Now going by the grandmother,her husband was black.So that means the red hair predates grandma,that would put it 12% and lower in the grandkids,yet that red hair gene is still in affect.Just because you don’t see a traits you can recognize,doesn’t mean the 12% didn’t do anything.Maybe it gave him his height,or maybe it was recessive in him.Like I said,the human body has it’s own rules. Then what about all the half bloods that look completely white(does their 40-50% black blood not count)?. This is why I was wondering,were you fgm(first generation).Because,I’m getting the impression,that you haven’t been around many mixed bloods.I’m from a creole background,and pretty much my entire family are mixed bloods. I’ve seen probably all the combos and traits black and white, Asian,Latino can make.I go to a family reunion,and it’s like a crayon box exploded. I looking at picture of my cousin whose is(AA/Creole).She’s married to a white man,and they have two daughters.The oldest girl looks exactly like her.Now because his mother was always Whispering in his,he had a DNA test done,and she is his daughter.Now the youngest daughter is white,has taken all of the daddy side.You would never think those two were sisters,or that my cousin was her mother.So as you can see,even 50% can do different things.I mean look at people,99.9% the same.Yet look at what that .1% does.

Also the fact that he doesn’t recognize his black heritage is no big deal,you have people who are predominantly black,that don’t recognize it in themselves.However at no time in my comment,did I ever say he was a black man,nor that he was not Portuguese .I see him as a white man,who has recent black heritage,that all.

Alice January 6, 2013 at 5:39 am

You have a very interesting background fuzzybear. The people you are talking about are multi-generational mixed populations (as far as my understanding is). If you get a fully black person and a fully white person and they have a child the child will look mixed like Obama not white. For multi-generational mixed people you can get a child looking white and a child looking black in the same family.

fuzzybear44 January 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

To Alice

Your right,MGM is the name for it.Now I had no idea how serious my family members took it.I called my Aunt African American,and she went ballistic(WE are Creole).Now the differnt color thing in the same family,is how me and my siblings are.My father was pretty much white,and mother looks like a Blaians woman.So none of us are the same color.

Now to the other part. That’s just it,whose fully white,and whose fully black

fuzzybear44 January 6, 2013 at 6:07 am

To Alice

My other comment is in moderation

fuzzybear44 January 6, 2013 at 6:29 am

To Pierre

After all that writing,I’m not really in the mood for a long debate.So since I can’t convince you,and you can’t convince me,I’ll end it.No hard feelings man.

KEMET January 9, 2013 at 10:28 pm

no he said it himself that hes part black

cape verdean

go ask him

GeorgeJeanPierre January 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

one great grandparent who is black would only equal about 8 to 12% black, virtually nothing. my great grand dad is seminole native american but i dont see myself as native american. Same with him. He is Portuguese. and a great foot ball player.

fuzzybear44 January 3, 2013 at 5:39 am

Virtually nothing?I’m surprised you wrote something like this(given your mixed heritage).Doesn’t that 12% of nothing,help make him the man he is?How much of a percentage do you have to have(to matter)?Without that ancestor,he would be here.So although the percentage isn’t high enough for you,it’s alot to the human body.

GeorgeJeanPierre January 4, 2013 at 3:05 am

if he was around 25% then i guess you could count it. But physically you will lean more towards what you mostly are. Im 1/2 white 1/4 black 1/8 seminole. People think im from somewhere in south europe because of my Caucasian features yet tanish light olive toned skin. You really think that little 12 to 8 percent native will leave a mark? it wont. just like his little bit of black blood wont leave anything. And no that little bit of blood does not make him who he is. You can be whoever you want and he grew up in Portugal and considers himself Portuguese. Not cape verde.

fuzzybear44 January 4, 2013 at 4:45 am

Your telling me,that a person would have to be 25%,before you would even consider it(boy you are tough).

(physically you will lean more towards what you mostly are)
Well maybe,however genetics are very funny. Take Neguinho here:
he’s 67.1% European,yet you see what he took after,and he’s not the only one.There was a documentary on Brazilians,who were DNA tested,to be more European than African,yet the majority looked like Neguinho(the rest were what you expect).Now I know your background,that’s why I said I was surprised by your comment.Now you say 12% wouldn’t make a mark.The human body doesn’t work the way we are taught math,it has its own rules.I mean you have to remember that just 2% separates man from ape(I think you can see the difference).So I think 12% could do alot.Like the difference between you being 6ft 1″,and 5ft nothing.Or you burning in the sun(turning red),instead of tanning.Now I think you misunderstood something,I never said the man wasn’t Portuguese or wasn’t a white man. Also I think I said (helps ) to make him who he is.Because without that ancestor,he might not even be here.

fuzzybear44 January 4, 2013 at 4:58 am

I forgot to asks,you’re a fgm right?

GeorgeJeanPierre January 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

i dont believe in those sham tests. How can he be 67% white and look straight up black? same with Paulo zulu who got 99% african. when only one of his great grandparents was african. That makes no sense. Those test are bs.

Alice January 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I agree with GeorgeJeanPierre. Some of these tests are not accurate. Look how Larry David came out 37% NA in a test.
Some of the latest tests are a lot more accurate though than the ones given to some of these celebrities.

fuzzybear44 January 5, 2013 at 4:04 am

To Pierre and Alice

Ok Neguinho and DNA test aside.Since both of you are focusing on that part,can it be concluded that you thought ,the rest of my statement was Logical ?

P.S: just wondering,have you ever heard of Sandra Laing?

Alice January 6, 2013 at 1:31 am

Cristiano is Portuguese. He has a black Great Grandfather. It would be part of his ancestry but I think that is too far back to have much influence on him. Sure it is part of his genetics. It is just like if his Great Grandfather was Scottish it wouldn’t make him feel much connection. He would look at himself as Portuguese. He looks Portuguese. All your ancestry is important and makes you what you are but he is largely European.

Alice January 6, 2013 at 4:13 am

In my comment I should have said Great Grandmother not Great Grandfather. The Great Grandmother was from Cape Verde so I don’t know if she was black. I was just assuming based on the comment of GeorgeJeanPierre and the following discussion with fuzzybear.

DeanB November 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Ronaldo is 100% Portuguese.

Rossa Prendergast March 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

Ronaldo is actually tanned, but I can see how some confuse him with being part African because of his athletic prowess. Yes, Ronaldo had family members on his mother side that owned business in Cape Verde in the early 20th century as many Madeirans at the time did. But the supposed tie/link comes from his great grandfather’s family that came back to Madeira after a long drought. So yes, there are Cape Verde ties, but the family lineage you speak of was ethnic Portuguese and not African Cape Verdean. Hope this clears up the misunderstanding.

levangelista36 May 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Am I the only one who thinks it’s weird Ronaldo failed to mention he is part Cape Verdean? He always goes on about loving the country.

KEMET June 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm







christian March 26, 2012 at 2:41 am

this guy is so awesome

he looks like a typical portugese guy
most portugese have black + brown hair + blue or green eyes

they are genetically white/caucasian

unlike the spains they are not so exotic

Rossa Prendergast March 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

Yes, agreed. Portuguese are not very exotic looking. Most are Atlato-Mediterranean, no different than Galicians, Brits, or French particularly from the Atlantic coast.

Ronaldo’s siblings if you look at them are very Portuguese looking and what most would expect, don’t let the tan confuse you.

Limberg March 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm

he looks mixed, some time ago I thought he was brazilian!

me March 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm
me March 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm
me March 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

You mean that the African side of him is insignificant?

me March 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

He is gay and his son looks mixed like him.

marczzz March 2, 2012 at 2:10 am

this guy is mixed
just look at him

Allison C. February 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

he looks latino! hes sexy!

brian j February 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

You guys are stupid. Portuguese、Cape Verdean is not a race, they are nations which has many different races in the country.

Mac January 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Who cares about his ethnicity if he’s like 1/8 or something Cape Verdan, all that matters is he’s better than Messi !!!!!!!!!!

Jane December 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

There have been DNA done in southern Europe that show african admixture who cares that doesn’t take way from being European. Everyone in the world and the Northern Europeans know souther European are mixed it is your history get over it. Like we blacks from the Amricas know majority of us are mixed. Plus the moors are black go to museums in Europe and see for your selfs that will show arts of the moors. Portuguese are well known for having sex with black women look at where ever there landed :) there descents are mixed.

With the Irish having dark skin everyone knows where that came from read deep into your history. I have meant so many Irish that fit the black and white mixed it is not funny my boyfriends step father looks like our son lol. Anyways the Romans came to conquered the british and the areads surrounding them. Guess who the Romans told to come and conquered those people allot of those people where BLACK Roman army men. Because at that time the Romans did not care about race but believe those people the british,Irish ect were uncivilized and there tried making them civilized. So those dark skin black Roman army men spent hundred of years over in british area mixing with the people not all but enough to leave admixture like skin and hair ect. The pass is interesting certain kinds of Irish people are mixed with black plus the british had black slaves all over in there area. I am trying to say blacks were all over in Europe because on colonization places like Germany,France, Beligum,Spain, Portugual, Italy,Greece,Turkey blacks were everywhere in some place in smaller numbers and other places in big number you cannot change anything of the pass but move forward.

Oh by the way I am not suprise of him being mixed because I thought of it because my sister has a huge crush on him I always wondered.

Alice January 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

Can you back anything you say up with some evidence like genetic studies. Links would be appreciated. All those places you have mentioned have had quite a bit of genetic testing done. The Romans never got to Ireland by the way. They called it Hibernia because they thought it was so cold and wintry. They also didn’t go to Scotland and built Hadrian’s Wall to keep the Picts out. People make all sorts of claims on this site that can be easily refuted.

Niklaus October 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

omg so man ignorant comments. just cuz someone is tanned doesnt mean he or she is black in any way. and portugal was black for thousands of years ??? lol such idiocy. if ure reffering to the fact that some southern europeans have traces of black in them so what that doesnt mean they are black. are u aware that many africans have white in them cuz long before colonizers romans spread more than just their culture in africa and then it was passed later on by arabs. so africans are same as some southern europeans a big mix. but does any of that rly matter. or u all just on a rant here??

Rossa Pendergast April 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm

s.G, your comments are retarded.

Baise March 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Wow, your really ignorant.

renato feijao February 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Ronaldo’s grandmother on his mothers side is black the same way portugese poster boy eusebio was black, ronaldo looks different and darker than most of the portugese players on his team anyway, also have you seen how dark ronaldos son looks? its similar case to puerto ricans

Rossa Pendergast April 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Yes, it’s true – she was from Cabo Verde but she was an ethnic Portuguese: meaning, Western European.

Again, there’s nothing wrong with having black ancestry as all of Western Europe does from hundreds to thousands of year’s back, but c’mon – let’s not b.s. here.

Rossa Pendergast April 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Ronaldo is slightly different looking because he is from Madeira and they descend from Southern Iberian peninsula (including Spain). If you look at most Portuguese in North America you will see they tend to come from Minho/Porto, the northern regions and the Azores. Azoreans tend to look closer to Southern Portuguese as well, but are whiter on average than Madeirans.

Ricardo August 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm

People from Madeira were mostly farmers from Minho (North of Portugal). If Madeirans seem dark to you than it’s because they are more tanned. Hint: Madeira is in the same latitude as Marocco.

Rossa Pendergast April 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Here’s a pic of his grandparents…the man is descended from the Cape Verdian lady…

Rossa Pendergast April 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm
Dasher October 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I go to school with a few Portuguese kids. They are just as dark as Ronaldo; some of them are darker. Ronaldo’s coach, Jose Mourinho, is just as dark as him as well.

CAPE VERDEAN April 1, 2012 at 4:06 am




Anonymous September 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

His great grandmother is from Cape Verde

Fuzzybear September 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm

so his Great grandma was most likely part recent African mixed lineage;since that what a person from there usually is

Rossa Pendergast April 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I saw something on RTP about this, and they showed a pic and the lady looked pretty Portuguese to me. Then again, she could very well have had some African ancestry, no doubt. It’s hard to tell sometimes.

Maria. September 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Makes sense to me. He looks like he could be mixed with something other than Portuguese.

Anonymous September 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

is cape verdean gonna be added to his ethnicity.

Anonymous September 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Ethnic, Will you gonna put cape verdean to his ethnicity?

angel April 1, 2012 at 4:23 am


i just saw it on his wikipedia

that hes part cape verdean african

Jose Lomba April 1, 2012 at 7:22 am

@angel- there is no such thing as cape verdean african. That is like saying because a person is from the U.S. that they are American Native. There were no Africans on any of the 10 islands when the Europeans arrived there.

sarah March 2, 2012 at 2:09 am

his mom is white. i know. but his father side is pretty mixed
just look at him. and his childhood picture. mixed 100%

Anonymous August 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Are u sure he was “dating” Paris Hilton not just a three nights of make out sessions?

ethnic August 7, 2010 at 1:56 am

I guess it depends on what you define “dating” to be

bet July 30, 2010 at 1:29 am

i have a friend who got mouros in his family, and he looks exactly CR.

impar June 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm

it means Moor. Moor is like northern africa and modern muslim people. And the portuguese are mostly decended from spain. The first king of portugal was the son of the king of spain.
ps. <3 ronaldo

bet July 30, 2010 at 1:20 am

yeah =) are you portuguese?

Portuguese September 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Portuguese are not decended from spain! Portugal is much older than Spain, in fact, it’s one of the oldest countries (if not THE oldest) in Europe! Once Portugal was conquered by Spain, but it didn’t last long and we already had a history of centuries as an independant country before that.

Rossa Pendergast April 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

You’re right, Portugal did not descend from Spain. But the truth is, Portugal is a country due to family squabbles, meaning money. Up until 1000 years ago, people flowed freely between the Iberian borders without issue.

So you’re right, Portugal did become independent first. But we’re the same people as Spain with slight variation.

So much silliness! June 15, 2010 at 11:09 am

I have been reading a lot of these reviews of celebs and what makes me laugh is that anytime a European person doesn’t fit the “stereotype” of what a European person looks like everyone comes along and says they must be mixed! I’m Irish and even within Ireland we have so many different types of “looks”. My best friend has snow white skin, pale blue eyes and blonde hair. Another good friend has jet black hair, almond shaped deep brown eyes and tanned skin. I have dark brown hair, medium fair skin and very green eyes. I have really high cheek bones and unusually shaped eyes – if I posted a photo up here and said I was part Native American everyone would believe it. My Grandfather had brown hair and blue eyes yet his facial structure was indentical to an Apache or Comanche. My maternal Grandmother had jet black frizzy hair, sallow skin and almond shaped brown eyes. People looking at photos of her when she was young always comment on how “Jewish” she looked. Yet, all the people I have described are “100%” Irish. There is so much variation within individual ethnicities. And anyway, ultimately we all came from one lovely black African lady … she is the Mother of us all :-) If I could meet her I would give her a big hug and thank her for making such a beautiful and varied global family. We are all more similar than we are different and we should embrace these similarities.

ethnic June 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

I think most people who regularly use this site know that each ethnicity is more varied than most people think. For example, If you look at Fuzzybear’s and Drexxx’s comments they always show examples of varied African people. If you look at comments about Italian people youll see that a lot of people on here argue that Italians are very varied in appearance. I often comment on the diversity of Japanese people, who most people think are homogeneous.

I think this site demonstrates the diversity of ethnicities rather than encourage stereotypes of what an ethnicity is supposed to look like.

lol February 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

no ethnic most here do not know that every country has varied people and looks and are completley ignorant and racist all you have to do is look at the comments
.Maybe when you posted this 2years ago people on here has sense.Obviously not now it seems to have go down hill.I don`t see you moderating much on this site much.and is totally does encourage stereotypes.sry but it`s the truth.just being honest

ethnic February 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

Well I have a full time job and other responsibilities so its hard to read every comment on here daily. Ill get there though.

lol February 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

ETHNIC .You should get someone to help you out if its too much work if you have a job aswell. Really its none of my business anyway ,But pages about race and ethnicity will always attract racists and trolls and be popular .I think everyone here is so sick of seeing stupid comments they just start commenting crap themselves why not?everyone here anyways at it. .Im not trying being an arse_hole just what i notice.Its not an attack on you just about the people that are too immature to being using the

Secondly i seen you a message asking to block my ip over a week ago from here coz i cant seem to do it on my comp anytime i get on my comp out of of habit i always end up looking at recent comments on this site its kind of addictive,ha, which is a bad thing coz most of the recent comments are just stupid racist trash.
And i would rather thing people like this did not exist in the world.And be happy unlike most here who live resentful lives.
When ever you get around to it if you can plz
You would be doing me a big favour.

lol February 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I wish i never started reading the comments on this page it a great page but the comments ruin it.

lol February 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I mean the comments ruin it for me,But oh well you cant turn back time.

Mili February 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

This site attracts fanatics who have nothing to do
@lol you’re always watching everyone’s comments, will take care of your life!

Alice March 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

You do a great job ethnic. It is an interesting site you have here and so many varied comments and points of view. It is very addictive.

lol March 26, 2012 at 5:43 am

Yes Mili fanatics like you why not use your real name everyone already knows you.Comment on the same celebrities it gets old and boring broaden your horizons.You seem to watch everyone on here you think your the site Gaurd dog mind your own.

lol March 26, 2012 at 5:45 am

Following everyone around weird stalker.That is why you use name Mili because you look weird and crazy following and commenting everyone go away.

Paul. June 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Omg another Irish person.
Excuse me while I squee! Lol.
I totally agree with you. Me and my sister, for example, are partially Asian, but we both have really blue eyes and really pale skin, and she has light blonde hair. Yet if we tell anyone, they’re like, “Oh you’re lying!”
People are so ignorant. Dx

Rossa Pendergast April 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm

The most common misconception people have about Portuguese or Spaniards is that they’re not white. My mom is Portuguese born, believe me: she’s as pale as they come. Truth is: English, Irish, Welsh or Scottish are not nordic. They have Northern European blood, yes. And their skin tends to be whiter than a Spaniard, but that’s due to a few thousand years of being in the wet cold. Truth is, their hair colour doesn’t lie, neither do their features. You can never confuse an Englishman with someone from Finland or Sweden. Sorry, that’s just the truth. Mel Gibson who is of Scottish descent looks like my cousin Jorge from Portugal. I am Irish on my dad’s side and Portuguese on my moms.

Pat June 15, 2010 at 6:59 am

At first I tought Ronaldo was southamerican because he looks like a beautiful mixture of native/african and white , like many people in southamerica.. anyway he’s damm gorgeous

ethnic June 15, 2010 at 7:25 am

hey Pat, He does look quite Latin American despite not being. I tend to believe the African/Moor heritage theory.

Jimmy April 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

He is Portuguese which is a white country. He is white!

lll April 1, 2012 at 3:56 am


cape verdean



ethnic February 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Part Japanese? Id like to see some evidence of that!

Paul. February 4, 2010 at 1:03 am

I read that he was part Japanese somewhere.. :o

lll April 1, 2012 at 3:57 am

no that said he was caep verdean

that part black

kira February 4, 2010 at 12:34 am

good find! :D

Luomi (cloudberry) February 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I think it means Moor in Portuguese

kira February 3, 2010 at 9:28 am

yeah im wondering what mouro means

Luis February 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

Ronaldo has african negroid ancestors from his Mother’s side.
I think Portugal has many ethnicities (Gallaecian, Lusitanian, Algarbian, Madeirense, Açoriense) so he is not from Portuguese ethnicity.
In Race, the most correct should be, Madeirense and Negroid.

Rossa Pendergast April 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

You have no idea what you’re saying. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but Ronaldo does not have African ancestry on either side. He has about as much African ancestry as the rest of the Portuguese which is negligible.

The bulk of Portugal’s African ancestry is ancient berber which are present thousands of years back in Western Europe, not just Portugal and Spain (France, Belgium, Germany also).

Fuzzybear April 13, 2011 at 5:36 am

To Rossa

How do you know he doesn’t?going by these other sites,they say he does.Also if his grams is from Cape Verde,then the odds are pretty good that he does.Also I don’t know where you got the idea that the last black blood in Portugal was thousands of years old;hundred at the most.Black has never stayed out of Europe,they were there in the past,they are there now

Rossa Prendergast March 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I happen to study Portuguese and currently live in Madeira where he was born and have heard Ronnie’s mom talk about her family through interviews on RTPi (Portuguese Channel). They actually asked her if she had native Cape Verde blood and she said ‘no’ they were white native Madeiran Portuguese. She said they owned a fleet of cattle in Cape Verde and her family were wealthy business owners but lost it all to drought so they returned to Madeira.

ethnic January 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

whats mouro?

bet January 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm

he’s mouro

CAPE VERDEAN April 1, 2012 at 4:00 am


ethnic March 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for the comments Alice. I appreciate it

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