Let this sink in — in 2016-2017, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo earned round $93million.
Portugal’s MVP, Cristiano Ronaldo’s enormous supply of wealth in the previous yr has come from an $58million pay packet (together with winnings), alongside $35million from endorsements, of which features a lifetime sponsorship cope with Nike, itself value over $1billion. There’s a motive why he tops the checklist of Forbes‘ highest-earning athletes. He’s additionally bloody good at soccer — final evening he was named the world’s greatest male participant at the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards in London.
But, there’s extra to the 32-year-old than wild quantities of money, Bugatti Veyrons and questionable hometown statues. We imagine CR7 could possibly be the good human — even exterior of the Bernabéu. Here’s why.
1. He’s a father
Becoming a father to Cristiano Ronaldo Jr (what else would he be known as?) in 2010, CR7 proves that the fable of footballers being egocentric, narcissistic and uncaring is something however. In truth, Ronaldo often posts photos of his son on Instagram, exhibiting his delicate aspect off the pitch.
What’s extra, in summer season 2017, CR7 introduced that he turned the father to twins and — the following month — introduced he plans to have a fourth baby together with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, a 22-year-old Spanish mannequin.
Now, how do you get a baby seat in a Bugatti Veyron?
2. People respect him
“We’ve had some great players at this club in my 20 years,” stated Sir Alex Ferguson in The Times in 2007. “But he’s up with the best.” This was Sir Alex Ferguson’s — who managed Manchester United for 26 years, happening to win 38 trophies — view of a younger Cristiano Ronaldo, who performed for the membership for six years, earlier than shifting to Real Madrid in 2009.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the reward for CR7 continues to circulation, starting from Spain’s Fernando Torres naming him as “the best player in the world, a machine”, to Cesc Fàbregas dubbing him an “exceptional player”. He’s even backed himself, saying soccer followers dislike him as a result of he is “rich, handsome and a great player.” His humility does want some work.
The greatest praise, although? QPR’s Ian Holloway saying that Ronaldo “…makes you sick. He looks the part, he walks the part, he is the part. He’s six-foot something, fit as a flea, good-looking – he’s got to have something wrong with him… Hopefully he’s hung like a hamster!” All we will do is hope, Ian.
3. He’s unbelievably gifted
Ronaldo’s unbelievable finishes, gifted touches and awe-inspiring examples of play are myriad, rivalled solely by the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Even then, Ronaldo comes out on high, proving, with some gusto, that José Mourinho’s notion of the Italian league being the most tactical, the English the most passionate and the Spanish leagues the most expert.
In truth, simply final evening, Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s greatest male participant at the 2016 Best Fifa Football Awards, beating Lionel Messi — who, at the time of writing, has netted 13 extra objectives than Ronaldo, his rival — and Neymar; every partly because of serving to Real Madrid clinch a Champions League-La Liga double throughout 2016-2017. Not too shabby.
4. He has an enviable physique
Did you suppose we might make it this far with out bearing on CR7’s lean-machine six-pack? It goes with out saying (though, lots do) that the four-time Ballon d’Or winner is in implausible form, with a chiselled six-pack, a V-shape torso and lean, athletic muscle.
According to soccer bible FourFourTwo, Cristiano Ronaldo’s training varies massively in response to match calls for. “During the season when we have many games our training can be fairly light, focusing on technique and pre-match preparation,” he tells the journal.
“During pre-season, when we’re all returning from time off, our work tends to be intense. We may have more than one training session in a single day, plus strength and conditioning workouts. I watch my diet, eat healthily and avoid things that are bad for me like alcohol, sugary sodas and processed foods,” he continues to inform FourFourTwo. “I focus on eating simple whole foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.”
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