Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo in 2011, sportgraphic /

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 grandfather is named José Nunes de Viveiros. José was born in Machico, Madeira, Portugal.

Cristiano’s maternal grandmother is named Matilde dos Santos (the daughter of Matilde). Cristiano’s grandmother Matilde was born in Monte, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.


Genealogy of Cristiano Ronaldo –

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

Article about Cristiano’s father’s family –

by Ethnic and Mooki


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170 Responses

  1. stlucas says:

    Cristiano’s paternal grandmother was Filomena Martins Pereira.

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

  2. athelya says:

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

    • cwm85 says:

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

      • athelya says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

          • Ava900 says:

            Anyone with Portuguese blood is Portuguese. So Cape Verdeans , Brazilians, and Angolans with Portuguese blood who look 100% African are Ethnic Portuguese.

  3. Man from Leblon says:

    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 says:

      @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 says:

      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 says:

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

      • ashash says:

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

        • ashash says:

          *than them

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

          • Alice says:

            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 says:

            @ 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.

    • EltonLee says:

      This is far from true though, since Portugal’s genetic makeup contains North African and Middle Eastern DNA.

  4. cwm85 says:

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

  5. andrew says:

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

    article about Cristiano’s paternal family

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