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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

This article has been specially written for thousands of pupils across Northern Ireland who are doing the Belfast Telegraph cross-curricular project on the 2018 World Cup. Over a six week period we will focus on star players from countries involved in the tournament, the places where games will take place in Russia and cultural icons of the host nation.

World Cup cities


Rostov-on-Don is filled with culture and is around 1,000km from the Russian capital Moscow.

The streets are named Harmonious, Creative and Lucky streets and when visitors walk down them they will see a host of unusual monuments.

The Don River in the city is lovely to look at and attractions for children include water parks and a dolphinarium which is an aquarium for dolphins.

Rostov Arena is a spectacular stadium and is a fantastic sight, especially at night.


Nizhny Novgorod was founded in 1221 and is located on the Volga River.

It is considered one of Russia's most beautiful and traditional cities and has become an important place for business in the country.

It has a population of 1.2 million people and they are relishing hosting several World Cup matches.

Those games include England's Group G clash against Panama on June 24.

➊Venue: Rostov Arena

City: Rostov-on-Don

Capacity: 45,000

➋Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

City: Nizhny Novgorod

Capacity: 45,000

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a football legend from Portugal.

He is viewed as one of the best players of all time and his individual and team successes over the years have been extraordinary.

Last month he helped Real Madrid win their third Champions League in a row, beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final.

In total Ronaldo has now won the Champions League five times - four with Spanish side Madrid and once with Manchester United in the 2007/2008 season.

Ronaldo was born on Madeira, a Portuguese island, and started his career in his home country with Sporting Lisbon.

In 2003 he moved to Manchester United when he was just 18 and enjoyed a hugely successful period scoring goals galore and winning numerous trophies including three Premier League titles.

Real Madrid made a then world record transfer bid of £80m for Ronaldo in 2009 and he left Manchester United.

Since joining Madrid, Ronaldo has won two Spanish league titles and become an even bigger superstar. He has now scored over 650 goals in his career - a staggering number - and has won the Ballon d'Or award on five occasions. That prize is given to the player considered to be the best in the world each year.

For Portugal, Ronaldo has been an influential figure from the moment he made his international debut in 2003.

He inspired his nation to the Euro 2004 final where they lost to Greece and was a proud man when Portugal won Euro 2016 beating France in the decider.

Ronaldo is Portugal's most capped player and in 2015 was voted his country's best player ever by the Portuguese Football Federation. He will be hugely important in the World Cup in Russia.

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane is a brilliant striker for Senegal.

He is also a big hero for Liverpool and is part of a formidable attacking trio for the club which also includes Egypt's Mo Salah and Brazil's Roberto Firmino.

Mane scored for Liverpool in their 3-1 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid this year.

That goal was the first for a player from Senegal in the final of the competition.

Mane started his career in France with a club called Metz and in 2012 he joined Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.

The forward won the league and cup with Red Bull Salzburg before joining Southampton in the English Premier League in 2014.

The African player became a key man for Southampton and created history in 2015 when he scored the fastest Premier League hat-trick. His three goals came in just 176 seconds in a victory over Aston Villa.

Liverpool were very impressed by those types of performances and they signed him two years ago for £34m.

At that time, in 2016, with that move he became the most expensive African player ever.

After his first season he was named Liverpool's Player of the Year and remains popular with the fans.

Opposition defenders in the World Cup will be keeping an eye on Mane when they play against Senegal because he has great skill and speed.

He made his first appearance for his country in 2012 and has represented Senegal at the Olympics and the Africa Cup of Nations and can't wait to play in the World Cup finals in Russia in the summer.

Pubil profile

Name:  Dáire Devine

Class: Year 7

School: Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh

Which sporting activities do you take part in?

I like to take part in football, gaelic and hurling.

Who is your favourite sports person and why?

My favourite sports persons are Kieran Tierney and Bastian Schweinsteiger because they are both legends for their teams and they both play football.

Which sporting team do you support and why?

I support Celtic FC because they are very successful and have loyal fans.

Which country do you think will win the FIFA World Cup?

I think Germany will win the FIFA World CUP 2018 because they have a very skilful team. They also won the last World Cup.

Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova was a famous Russian ballerina admired all over the world.

Born in Saint Petersburg in 1881 she loved dance from the moment she saw a production of the ballet The Sleeping Beauty when she was a child.

Anna attended the renowned Imperial Ballet School quickly establishing herself as a star turn. Her best known performance was in The Dying Swan in 1905.

Six years later she formed her own company becoming the first ballerina to tour around the globe going to places such as the United States of America, South America and India.

Anna Pavlova felt it was her mission to show ballet to as many people as possible but unfortunately she died of pneumonia in 1931 aged 49.

It is said that the dessert pavlova is named after Russia's iconic ballerina. The tasty dish was apparently created in the dancer and choreographer's honour during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s.

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