He’s won the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA World Player of the Year Award, the FIFA Ballon d’Or Award, the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, numerous club championships, and is considered alongside Lionel Messi to be the greatest footballer of all time. With more money than he can spend in 10 life times and a legion of adoring fans, you can definitely say that Cristiano Ronaldo‘s professional life is going pretty good.
If only his personal life was as clean as his football stats.
Whilst Ronaldo makes headlines everywhere with his brilliant performances and rivalry with Lionel Messi, rumours of Ronaldo’s many alleged dalliances with numerous women, and a few unpleasant scandals have also had their share of the limelight. Whilst not all whispers and rumours are true, Ronaldo’s reputed off-pitch activities and exploits has crept far enough into unsavoury territory that it occasionally threatens his superstar image.
Without further ado, here is a list of 10 things about Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal life that he wishes he could erase from everyone’s memory.
10. He Once Totaled A $200,000 Ferrari
Back in 2009, Ronaldo was involved in an accident near Manchester where he lost control of his Ferrari 599 in a tunnel. Despite the car looking nearly as bad as Brazil’s World Cup loss to Germany, Ronaldo somehow escaped unscathed.
After adding ‘crashing a Ferrari’ on his long list of achievements, it looks like Ronaldo is going to be involved in a tug of war between football heaven and automobile hell.
No need to feel too sorry for Ronaldo though. With all the money he earns from being the second-highest paid athlete in the world, he probably has a garage full of back-up super-cars and hyper-jets just in case of an incident like this.
9. Bullfighting Ad Leads To Trouble With Animal Rights Activists
When you earn approximately $28 million annually in endorsements, alone, you know you’ll be promoting a variety of unheard products. Now getting paid to promote some random product isn’t that bad of a gig, unless you’re Ronaldo and the company paying your salary decides to portray you as a bullfighter.
In 2008, Ronaldo starred in a television commercial for Fuji Xerox in which he portrayed a bullfighter who taunted a bull with a ball rather than a matador cape. As bullfighting is banned and illegal in many countries, animal rights activists had a field day in condemning Ronaldo, Fuji Xerox, and the ad.
8. Expelled From School At 14 For Throwing A Chair At A Teacher
Before he became a worldwide superstar, Ronaldo was just a gifted but poor boy. He shared a room with his family and was a popular student at school. But Ronaldo, himself, later stated that he was just ‘not interested in school’ and his attention was solely devoted to football. Rather than sucking it up and enduring a few years of school, Ronaldo instead got himself expelled by throwing a chair at a teacher.
His excuse for throwing the chair? The teacher apparently “disrespected” him. Yeah…
Luckily, everything worked out for him as expulsion from school meant that he could focus entirely on his football and the rest is now history.
7. He Was Caught Urinating In Public
After his breakup with Irina Shayk in 2015, Ronaldo embraced his newly-single status and was spotted partying it up with several women.
During a holiday trip in Saint-Tropez, Ronaldo was photographed partying into the early hours of the morning. After stepping out of a nightclub, he proceeded to urinate in the street. Despite using his friends as lookouts, the local police caught Ronaldo with his pants down almost immediately.
What makes this interesting is that Ronaldo claims that he doesn’t drink. This means that this wasn’t some drunken incident, but a case of Ronaldo being literally too lazy to find a toilet.
6. Caught Driving With His Son On His Lap
A nice weekend drive is generally a nice little activity to do with your family. That is unless you decide to take a leaf out of Britney Spears‘ book and drive around with your child in your lap. Well, Ronaldo decided to do just that.
In 2012, Ronaldo was caught on camera driving around with his 22-month-old son in his lap. Seeing as how a family vehicle isn’t quite to his taste, Ronaldo decided to drive around in a massively overpowered Lamborghini Aventador instead. A super-car probably isn’t equipped to host a baby seat, hence the unusual seating arrangements. Having learned from his Ferrari fiasco thankfully, Ronaldo was driving at safe speeds this time and fun was had between father and son by all accounts.
5. He Has A Thing For Prostitutes
The thing that garners Ronaldo almost as much attention as his football achievements is his personal life. It is pretty well-known that Ronaldo has an enormous libido and will probably go after anything with two legs. What you may not know is how big Ronaldo’s lust for women is.
Back in 2007, Ronaldo invited five hookers back to his Manchester home for a massive orgy. Some people cried ‘wolf’ on the story, until pictures and videos of the orgy surfaced from the phones of the hookers. Needless to say, Ronaldo’s public relations team had a lot of work to do that week.
4. Fathered A Child With An Unknown Woman (And Paid Her To Keep Quiet)
With such a massive sexual appetite, it was not a question of ‘if’ but a question of ‘when’ some sort of paternity scandal would come up. Well, after his prostitute exploits in 2007, Ronaldo topped those stories when he announced that he was going to be a father in 2010.
The identity of Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.’s mother remains a mystery. The only thing known about this scandal is that Ronaldo knocked up a young American woman, allegedly paid her $10 million to keep quiet, has taken full custody, and his mother and sisters are helping with the care of the child.
3. (Alleged) Role In Wayne Rooney’s Red Card During 2006 World Cup Quarter Final
Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo were once teammates for Manchester United. However, all thoughts of friendship and team camaraderie were immediately brushed aside when Portugal and England faced off in the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals.
Mid match, Rooney appeared to stomp on Ricardo Carvalho, Ronaldo’s Portuguese teammate. The referee immediately interfered before Ronaldo interjected. When Rooney was given a red card, Ronaldo was allegedly seen giving a wink to the Portuguese bench. While this incident may have helped Portugal win the match, the team lost to France in the following round. When Ronaldo returned to his Manchester United team, he was met with a wave of backlash from United fans. Bottom line, when you’re playing for an English team and you throw your English teammate under the bus, expect to face a bit of hatred when you return home to England.
2. He’s Unfaithful To His Partners
Given his well-documented personal life, including numerous rumors surrounding his relationships with many women, it’s probably no surprise that Ronaldo has a little trouble with the concept of monogamy.
When Ronaldo and his girlfriend of five years, Irina Shayk, split after five years, the main reason for their breakup revolved primarily around his inability to keep it in his pants. Irina probably shouldn’t have been too surprised that Ronaldo’s been unfaithful.
1. He’s Been Accused Of Rape
After numerous scandals involving a child, a hooker-filled orgy, and a ruined Ferrari, what else could Ronaldo do to top all those unflattering stories?
Well, he’s also been accused of rape.
In 2005, Ronaldo was arrested in connection to the alleged raping of a young woman in a London hotel. The investigation eventually yielded nothing and all charges against Ronaldo were dropped due to insufficient evidence. He may have escaped unscathed, but this allegation remains as one of the most unpleasant smudges on Ronaldo’s already-controversial personal life.