How did we miss this monumental event surrounding sexy footballer (“soccer” player for the Americans out there) Cristiano Ronaldo?
No, we’re not talking about the Ballon d’Or Gala, where Ronaldo was named the World Player of the Year for his skills with Real Madrid and being captain of the Portuguese national team. We’re talking about the young stud turning 29 this month.
Clearly we need to be paying better attention to our Facebook feed.
As one of the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world (he became the most expensive player in Football history after landing an $80 million deal to move from Manchester United to Real Madrid), Ronaldo is also one of the physically hottest. In fact, he’s so popular with the ladies (and, let’s face it, a bunch of gay men) and sells so many magazines, that a Spanish media company even paid a woman $5,500 to seduce the footballer so that she could report back on his performance.
Nice work if you can get it.
Back in the day, Ronaldo was the one doing the seducing, and in the past he reportedly scored with Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. The hunky striker was known for blurring the lines between being the ultimate sex symbol and an elite athlete — hence the above-mentioned award. He also got into the occassional trouble, like that time he crashed a hugely expensive Ferrari or the rumors of getting caught up with a sketchy call girl.
But age seems to have mellowed the man. Somewhat. He’s currently dating Russian model Irina Shayk, who shot to fame as the cover model of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011. He also has a son, who may or may not have been birthed by an unknown American waitress from the US.
To celebrate the big 2-9, we collected a bunch of Cristiano Ronaldo pictures from over the years. This isn’t meant to be exploitive — just a way for you to observe his evolution.
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