UPDATED: Two Crissy Pieces In the Mirror Today

2 Jul

Updated: Cris posted this on his Facebook and Twitter saying that he never spoke to the Mirror and the quotes are untrue.

The Mirror had two articles on Cristiano today – one a personal interview where he comes out with some doozies and the other about staying at Real Madrid. The latter is up first…(bolding of certain  interesting parts by me)

Ronaldo plans to stay at Real Madrid with Mourinho
Published July 2, 2011
by Jim Hughes

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he will return to England and the Premier League.

But first the 26 year-old ­Portuguese striker is determined to achieve his current sporting goal – to win the Champions League with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo, who left Manchester United for Madrid in an £80million transfer two years ago, was ­flattered by Manchester City’s ­discreet overtures to him earlier in the summer.

But before the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham launch their recruitment funds to sign one of the world’s greatest players, they should read how he sees his future plans.

Ronaldo said: “I think if I went from Spain it would be to the Premier League – but not now. First we have to win the Champions League. If I went back to the ­Premier League it would have to be with a club in the north west. I don’t like London.”

That would clearly put City – or his old club United – in pole ­position.

Sunday Mirror sport revealed last month how Ronaldo was being wooed by relatives of the ­super-rich Abu Dhabi owners of Manchester City, with claims that the Sky Blues would pay him £350,000 a week to join them.

There was no suggestion that the club had made a direct approach but that a third party connected to Sheik Mansour had sounded out the player.

Ronaldo went on: “It’s flattering to be offered like £20m a year – it’s very good, but I spoke to my agent and I think it’s better to stay in ­Madrid because this year we’re going to be the best. This ­season we are going to be a big force. Jose Mourhino is staying at Madrid so I stay. If he went to Chelsea then I would have left. I would have gone to Manchester City. But now he’s staying, I’m ­staying.”

There were ­reports from Spain last season, ­following Real’s ­embarrassing Champions League defeat by arch-rivals Barcelona, that the Real coach and star player were at war. Mourinho had attempted to beat Barca by killing their fluent, ­passing style and ­sacrificed Real’s own attacking strengths to do it.

Ronaldo admitted he was disappointed by the tactics that failed so badly.

But the duo have patched things up and Ronaldo has his own ­reasons for viewing Mourinho as the ‘Special One’.

Ronaldo explained: “We went to a wedding together last week and we’re on good terms and we have the same agent. He [Mourinho] is a nice person and we live in the same street.”

And that leads to the next ­potential step in the Mourinho-Ronaldo relationship. Cristiano wants to return to the north west of England. If the Special One ­succeeds Sir Alex Ferguson they could they be reunited one day.

The Real Cristiano Ronaldo
Published by July 2, 2011
by Mirror Football

From the off, Cristiano ­Ronaldo is keen to get one thing straight.

The self-styled “world’s greatest footballer” is unhappy that Forbes magazine’s rich list put his wealth at a staggering $160million (£99million).

“That is not correct,” he tells me. “On paper it’s actually much closer to $245million!”

I’m speaking to one of football’s most enigmatic, colourful figures. His career on the pitch is rivalled only by his reputation as a lothario… and matched by his life of fast cars and luxury. And his ­extraordinary wardrobe – on which he says he spends £8,000 a month.

But, as a close friend of Ronaldo, he has offered me an exclusive insight into his life – and where his loyalties really lie.

“My family comes first – my son is the most important thing in my life,” he says. “After that, it’s the football that matters most to me. Money comes after that.”

For Ronaldo, who recently turned down a £20million-a-year offer from Manchester City to stay with Real Madrid, one-year-old son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr clearly rules his world.

The boy – whose mother has never been named after being paid £10million to give up her legal rights to the child – attends every match his dad plays along with Ronaldo Sr’s mother Delores.

He joins the family on five-star £10,000-a-night holidays, where he’s flown by private ­helicopter, and he’s ­always dressed in the finest ­designer baby clothes.

“He has his own personalised No 7 shirt just like mine and I salute him in the crowd every time I score a goal,” ­says proud Ronaldo.

“But I’m very security ­conscious. Nobody ever sees him in the stands and security is very high for him at games.

“I’d love him to follow in my footsteps and become a footballer but he can be anything he likes. It’s still a long time off to worry about that.

“I want to keep him from being spoilt with luxuries. He will be taught values and religious values,” Ronaldo says.

The player is so staunchly Catholic he even collects crucifix necklaces, which he says bring him closer to God during games.

“Although I was raised in poverty, he’s going to be raised very rich. But I am not posh, so my son is not going to be posh. I don’t want him to go to a posh school. I want him to mix with normal people.

“But because of my success, I think I’m going to have to send him to private school. I’ll have to choose carefully.

“I was brought up with nothing, we were very poor. I had no toys and no Christmas presents. I shared a room with my brother and two sisters and my parents slept in the other.

“It was a small space. But I didn’t mind. I’m incredibly close with my brother and sisters and we loved being together. For us it was ­normal, it was all we knew. Everyone around us lived the same way and we were happy.”

But Ronaldo Jr will find it hard to avoid the ­trappings of his dad’s ­eccentric life.

The 26-year-old tells me he has spent thousands of pounds having his ­trademark “CR7” etched into the ­windows of his ­£5million Madrid home, and emblazoned on his ­furniture, sofa, dinner table and plates.

“This is ­probably the most extravagant thing I’ve done,” says Ronaldo, who became the world’s most expensive footballer after his £80million move to Madrid from Manchester United. He is also one of the ­richest, with multi-million ­endorsements from the likes of Armani, Nike and Coca-Cola.

The Sunday Mirror revealed last month that he was being wooed by relatives of the ­super-rich Arab owners of Manchester City

He says: “If I went from Spain it would be to the ­Premier League – but not now.

“First we have to win the ­Champions League. If I went back to the Premier League it would have to be with a club in the North West. I don’t like London.”

Ronaldo – full name ­Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro – came to the attention of Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003 and was signed for £12million.

“It was the first time I’d ever been on an ­aeroplane,” he says. “This was when I knew I had made it as a footballer.”

Life was basic for the Aveiro family.His mother Dolores, a chef, and father José, a municipal gardener, lived ­incredibly humbly. His mother, who is his rock, raised him strictly and ­religiously but with a lot of love.

Ronaldo admits that, although he wasn’t spoilt with material possessions, he was spoilt with affection.

But his school days are ones he looks back on with little emotion.

“I was quite popular in school but I’ve not kept in touch with one person. I was not thick but I was not interested in school. I was expelled after I threw a chair at the teacher,” he explains.

Why? “He disrespected me.”

Dolores, despairing at her son’s ­wayward ­behaviour, decided he should focus entirely on football. “People knew I was a talented kid. When I got to 14 I felt I had potential. I thought I was maybe good enough at that time to play semi-professionally.

“It was not until 22 when I was at Manchester United that I started to believe I was the best.”

Ronaldo has just had one of the best seasons of his career at Real – scoring 53 goals and becoming the first player to win the European Golden Boot for the top scorer in two ­different leagues.

I ask him what he thinks sets him above the rest. ­“Because I’m determined, I’m strong, very quick, I’m very, very professional.”

Ronaldo tends to shun parties in ­Madrid. Instead he prefers to spend time at home with friends.

“Half the boys like to go to the disco. They like to try to f*** lots of different models, they like to party hard, they like to try to ­impress girls with ­champagne. But it’s better to train hard and do well. That’s why in ­England the youth ­players are very bad. In Spain they’re more ­professional – the youth players are ­better.”

And despite his well-documented dalliances with a string of glamour models ­including Nereida Gallardo, ­Ronaldo – whose current beau is high-end model Irina Shayk – tells me: “I hate glamour models.”

But surely he’s entertained a few? “NO!” he insists. What turns him off in a woman?

“Girls who do glamour. Girls who get off their face on alcohol, girls who are shallow. Girls who dress with their boobs out on show all the time and try to be hot, I find these types pathetic.”

So what does turn him on? “A girl who is clever, intelligent, someone that just looks… pretty – that’s my type. I ­prefer girls who are normal to rich girls.”

I ask him who would be his perfect date. “It’s hard to think of a suitable match for the hottest man in the world,” he laughs.

Then he names Cheryl Cole. “I’d like to take her for a hot chocolate,” he chuckles.

I ask him if he knows her ex-husband Ashley and he replies: “No, but I do know Michael Essien (Cole’s ­Chelsea team-mate).”

He says he doesn’t really mix with other footballers: “I don’t know David Beckham. I’m great friends with Rio ­Ferdinand, he’s a real laugh, and I chat to Wes Brown. Wayne Rooney and I speak now and then – that’s pretty much it.

“I have my circle of friends, my club. People who’ve been with me a long time. I look after these people. I take them to five-star hotels, I pay for private planes, I pay at the bar. I never drink in public. I drink Red Bull while I buy my friends champagne at £1,000-plus a bottle. It’s no problem – I like my friends to be happy.”

Ronaldo takes huge pride in being able to support and spoil his friends and family.

“I bought my mother a £400,000 house in Portugal, she lives there with her partner and my son. I bought my sisters houses as well.”

Ronaldo is also a shrewd businessman, creating an extensive property portfolio – with his family taking control of it.

“I sit on my money,” he says. “I earn £400,000 a week but I can’t spend it all, it just gets bigger. My brother runs my ­nightclubs and various bars. I also own a hotel. But money hasn’t changed me – I’m still the same person.”

While Ron is incredibly generous, he likes to spoil himself too. He takes huge pride in his appearance, admitting he easily spends “£8,000 a month on clothes” and enjoys “collecting shoes”.

He effortlessly models Armani boxer shorts in its current ad campaign alongside Megan Fox. As for wearing the same pair twice? “No need,” he says. “­Armani give them to me for free.”

Ron also recently spent £13,500 a night on a holiday in Miami for himself and his family and friends and spends and “maybe £180,000 a year on private plane flights”.

He’s also just bought two new cars, a white Ferrari 599 Fiorano and a silver Mercedes McLaren SLR, which cost over £600,000.

And he adds: “I collect crucifix ­necklaces – it’s because of my relationship with God.

“I always had a gift. I was shown the skills and I am a fantastic footballer but I do believe God gave me the gift.”

Ronaldo says his competitive streak often sees him challenging other sportsmen in their own fields – and is currently ­determined to beat today’s Wimbledon finalist Rafael Nadal at tennis. “I have already come ­incredibly close,” he claims.

He also loves gambling websites. “When I first joined ­Manchester United, I’d never even heard of the internet. Now I spend maybe 15 to 20 hours a week browsing.

“I’m a target for casinos and I get invited to celebrity tournaments. But I prefer to play online or among friends.”

In public, Ronaldo comes across as a cheeky chancer – often misconstrued as arrogance. But when you get to know the real person, like I have, besides his sometimes fierce temper, he also has an incredibly sweet side. He has a huge heart and wicked sense of humour – he’s just a kid at heart.

Ronaldo admits: “I often feel misunderstood. I am a very private person and am down-to-earth.”

Although he rarely shows signs of emotion, it is clear how much he misses his father José, who died when Ronaldo was 19. There is huge sadness his dad was never able to share his success.

“My father was an alcoholic. He died of alcoholism. He would never have known what I was to go on to do. Of course, he knew I was ­talented but you get many good players who go to England.

“But it’s really hard to go to any country and be the best.”

What would Ronaldo have become if not a footballer? “I don’t know… a waiter?” he laughs.

Although I do recall an occasion where he told me he would have been President, he’s seemingly more bashful now… “A model, maybe?”

Just not a glamour model…

Um, Cristiano, do the names “Paris Hilton” and “Kim Kardashian” mean anything to you? It’s odd – he’s a weird combination of insufferably arrogant and naively sweet sometimes, isn’t he?  He has a really strong work ethic and all the players say this. Also, most of the new guys have talked about how welcome he’s made them and how sweet he is. I guess he’s just…complicated. I guess that’s by virtue of growing up in the spotlight and being constantly criticized. He definitely doesn’t do himself any favors sometimes, but he seems to have grown up quite a bit this past year.

10 Responses to “UPDATED: Two Crissy Pieces In the Mirror Today”

  1. maddy July 3, 2011 at 5:43 am #

    i really dont believe ronaldo said most of those things in the second interview. it doesnt seem like him to go on and on about how much money he has and how much he spends and how rich he is and about his women. he very rarely ever talks about his love life. this guy is supposed to be a close friend of cris’?

    i love the relationship between mou and ronaldo. they really are like father and son to me. especially when mou said ‘yes, his father will defend him’.

    • maddy July 3, 2011 at 5:45 am #

      and may i say mesut is more of a playboy than cris is!!

    • maddy July 3, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      cris just stated on his facebook that he never spoke with the mirror and the content is false. whats wrong with the press and why is the world out to get cris and so eager to paint him as a less than ideal person?

      • headbandsandheartbreak July 3, 2011 at 11:20 am #

        Yeah, just read this and about to update post.

      • manie July 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

        I agree! I don’t know why people want to read about the CR7 portrayed in the Mirror cause, to me, reading about the stuff he does off the pitch like mentoring younger players, helping new signings adjust, his great professionalism…that’s more interesting. But it can’t be sensationalized, sadly.

        • maddy July 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

          anyone who knows cris (the way us madridistas do) would know that he wouldnt say half the rubbish in that interview. when was the last time we heard him talk about money or women? he’s been with the same woman for a year and a half now!!! and people still want to paint him as some kind of manwhore. if you ask me, all the hatred towards cristiano stems from jealousy. people just can expect that he would have it all. if messi were 6 foot tall and an underwear model, they’d be hating on him too. they just cant take it that cristiano can be one of the greatest footballers to ever live and look like a million bucks at the same time. he’s the most popular athlete on facebook, he has more fans than my country has people. it shows that no matter what the idiot pundits want us to believe, people who follow him know the real ronaldo,

          • maddy July 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

            just cant accept that he could have it all *

  2. jellyace July 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    He tweeted that he was never interviewed for the Sunday Mirror article: http://twitter.com/#!/Cristiano/status/87538958111739904

  3. emily July 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    So, the paper comes out with this, people read it and believe it because the press ‘knows’ we are all too stupid to realize that it’s a bunch of hooey, anyway. Then, he comes out and tweets that it is a bunch of hooey, but not everyone who read the articles will find out about the tweets, so they will continue to believe the info and tell their friends about it. A few of those people will know about the tweets and will let each other know about it, but for the most part, the people who read the first articles will always believe that it is true, no matter how many times it is disavowed by the subject of the articles. So sad.

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