Cristiano Ronaldo Rookie Cards and Apparel Guide

Cristiano Ronaldo

Date of Birth: 2/5/1985
Rookie Card Year: 2002-03
Investment Rating: 8.5


Few players can match the global recognition or elite ability of Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite the fact that he is nearing the downward slope of his prime, Ronaldo continues to produce and he resides in a special collecting group of top soccer players. Based on his immense popularity, Cristiano Ronaldo cards and autographs should remain a hot commodity for years to come.

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Although he has made headlines with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Portuguese National Team, Cristiano Ronaldo got his start with Sporting CP. After spending the bulk of his youth career with the club, Ronaldo only played for Sporting CP for one season before making the jump to ManU. Despite this limited stay, the very first Cristiano Ronaldo cards were released during his time with the team. Both released by Panini, these two cards are viewed by many as his true rookie cards. The following season with Manchester United saw his first Upper Deck cards and some consider these to also be rookie cards despite appearing in his second season. Regardless, the majority of his early cards maintain good values.

While autographed cards remain rare, in recent years, both Topps and Panini have released signed cards for Cristiano Ronaldo. There were also several released by Upper Deck during the early part of his Manchester United career. Rounding out the list of signed cards, Sportkings remains the only place to get on-card autographs for the dynamic striker. For a detailed look at autograph options, view our guide to the top Cristiano Ronaldo cards. 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are widely considered the top players in the world and the debate continues to rage over which player is truly best. Although they match up equally in many aspects, based on his pop culture relevance, Ronaldo is actually more similar to David Beckham, who made the transition from soccer star to global brand. This is one area where Cristiano Ronaldo appears vastly superior to Lionel Messi.

Key Early Cristiano Ronaldo Cards

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2002-03 Panini Stickers #306 Cristiano Ronaldo

While stickers are not the first cards that normally come to mind, these early Cristiano Ronaldo stickers are actually quite valuable. Showcasing the teenager in his Sporting CP kit, the card is still much cheaper than his other rookie card and can be found for around $50+ ungraded.

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2002-03 Panini Mega Craques #137 Cristiano Ronaldo

Collectors normally prefer the more traditional options and the Cristiano Ronaldo card from 2002-03 Mega Craques provides that. A full-length action shot adds something to this early CR7 card and values have really been picking up steam. A BGS 9.5 sold for $725 in May of 2014.

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2004 SP Authentic Manchester United Soccer Card- CRISTIANO RONALDO Mint
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2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP Blue Red Wave Aerial Assault Cristiano Ronaldo #1
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2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Red Blue Plaid Aerial Assault Cristiano Ronaldo #1
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Panini Brasil 2014 Neymar Jr. Cristiano Ronaldo. James Rodriguez. Lionel Messi
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2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP Captains - Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal #5 Refractor
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2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP Blue Red Net Finders Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal #20
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RARE CRISTIANO RONALDO Panini clear insert (Eurocup 2008)
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Cristiano Ronaldo OMR 2004 Soccer Football Manchester United Graded 10 Gem Mint
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2004-05 Panini WCCF WSA Cristiano Ronaldo # WSA4 foil insert card Rare
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Panini Prizm World Cup 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Mesut Ozil R W B Plaid refractor
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2002-03 PANINI Portugal Futebol Stickers #306 CRISTIANO RONALDO RC BGS 9 w 10
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2004 Topps Premier Gold Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Rookie Card
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2014 Panini FIFA World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Mesut Ozil Gold Refractor 05 10
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Apparel Guide

Cristiano Ronaldo Apparel Buying Guide

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the biggest brands in world soccer, and there is plenty of gear to be found. Check out some of the top Cristiano Ronaldo apparel, including jerseys, cleats and more.

Active Listings for Cristiano Ronaldo Jerseys / T-Shirts

Jerseys are among the most popular choices for collectors, and if you are in the market for a Cristiano Ronaldo jersey, top options include his Portugal jersey or his Real Madrid jersey.

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Jersey

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Jersey Front White 257x300 Image Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Jersey Pink Back 256x300 Image

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal National Team Jersey

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Cristiano Ronaldo T-Shirts

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Active Listings for Cristiano Ronaldo Cleats / Boots

The Cristiano Ronaldo signature shoe is made by Nike and the current model is the Nike Mercurial Vapor X.

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Active Listings for Cristiano Ronaldo Photographs / Prints / Posters / Artwork 

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Active Listings for Cristiano Ronaldo Figures / Bobbleheads

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Nike Men's Portugal 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Jersey Size XL With Shorts!
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Cristiano Ronaldo 7 Nike Dri-Fit Portugal Away Kit. FIFA World Cup Soccer Jersey
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Spain Portugal Cristiano ronaldo Real Madrid Adidas Jersey Shirt Size Large NEW
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Cristiano Ronaldo #7 Real Madrid Orange Jersey Size: Large
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Cristiano Ronaldo Home Portugal Jersey. Size Medium. Nike Dri-Fit
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Cristiano Ronaldo Home Portugal Jersey. Size Medium. Nike Dri-Fit
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MATCHWORN SHIRT Cristiano Ronaldo Jersey MU Manchester United Real Madrid
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Portugal Sporting Lisbon Cristiano Ronaldo Reebok Jersey shirt Used L
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Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Adidas Home Long Sleeve Jersey Size Large L CF CR7
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Adidas Climalite Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo #7 Soccer Jersey Size S EUC
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Spain Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Adidas Jersey SHirt Large New
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NWOT Nike Cristiano Ronaldo #7 Portugal Home Jersey L
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Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Jersey
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Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Portugal Jersey
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Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup 2014 Jersey Size Large
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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