The Portuguese earned the nickname while in Spain playing for Real Madrid…
Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the legends of the game. Although he is often referred to as the ‘GOAT’ (greatest of all time) by his fans, he also has several other nicknames.
He has played in four different countries and in Spain, where he spent the best years of his career with Real Madrid, he is affectionately known as “El Bicho”.
So what does the nickname mean and why does he call it? OBJECTIVE have a look.
Why is Cristiano Ronaldo nicknamed ‘El Bicho’ and what does it mean?
Ronaldo spent almost 10 years in Spain and scored 451 times in 438 competitive appearances, averaging more than one goal per game. He was at his best and won four UEFA Champions League titles and Ballon d’Or each. He has set several records and is the club’s all-time top scorer and also happens to be the only player in Real Madrid history to score more than 60 goals in a single season.
Ronaldo was all the rage among Spanish commentators and his goals would follow an elaborate and euphoric commentary. During one such match, Spanish sports broadcaster Manolo Lama coined the term “El Bicho’ during a radio commentary at the start of his La Liga spell. This means ‘The insect’ in Spanish that can scare and devour opposing defenders.
Ronaldo’s incredible dribbling skills and ability to finish from difficult angles and positions have made him one of the most feared footballers on the planet. His quick leaps into the penalty area or the wings are a Ronaldo signature that was a nightmare for defenders. Although his game has changed, he showed no signs of slowing down and was Manchester United’s top scorer with 24 goals to his name in all competitions in 2021-22.
What other nicknames has Cristiano Ronaldo?
Ronaldo has quite a few other nicknames except ‘El Bicho’. He has been widely known as ‘CR7’ since his breakout at Manchester United and the footballer has gone on to create an entire global brand around the moniker. It has a wide range of accessories, clothing and a hotel chain called CR7. Nike even offers its own line of CR7 products, including football boots, balls and training equipment.
In 2013 a museum was opened in his home town of Funchal in Madeira and it is called Museu CR7. Few people know that the galaxy known as Cosmos Redshift 7 Where Galaxy CR7 was inspired by Ronaldo.
Ronaldo is also known as Mr. Champions League due to his incredible record in European competition. He has 140 goals to his name and has won the tournament five times.
However, among his family and close friends he is referred to by the name “Ronnie” or “Cris”.