Sure, all soccer fans will know exactly who Cristiano Ronaldo is, but most people who know nothing about sports have probably heard of him. While his skills on the soccer field are undeniable, there’s another pursuit he’s very talented at – getting women. I mean, it’s not hard to see why Ronaldo has no trouble landing virtually any woman he wants. He’s successful at what he does, he’s in phenomenal shape, he’s travelled the world, and he just looks like a lot of fun to hang out with. What’s not to like in that package? Women around the world agree that he’s definitely swoon-worthy.
From when he was a fresh faced new recruit to now, a veteran who is more handsome than ever, Ronaldo has had his fair share of conquests. So, what’s his type? Well… hot. There’s really not another way to put it. Ronaldo has dated women from countries around the world, he’s dated blondes and brunettes, slim supermodels and buxom bombshells, he’s dated athletes and actresses and everyone in between. His list of former lovers could rival any men’s magazine’s hot 100 at this point.
Here are 12 of the hottest women that the soccer star has spent time with.
13 Imogen Thomas
Ronaldo has dated a lot of women from South America, and it’s not hard to see why – the Portuguese superstar likely has a lot in common with his list of Latina babes. However, since soccer is one of the biggest sports in the U.K., it only makes sense that he’s added a few British babes to his list of former lovers – and Imogen Thomas is one of them. Thomas, a reality television star in England, has a documented love for soccer players (or, as they’re idolized in the U.K., footballers) and managed to add Ronaldo to her list of football flings. She’s since married and had children, but back in her younger days, she was tearing up the town.
12 Karina Bacchi
Italy and Brazil are both countries responsible for disproportionately large numbers of hot women, so when a beautiful blonde Italian-Brazilian actress comes along, you know that Ronaldo is going to give it a shot. Bacchi, who has posed for Playboy, was one of Ronaldo’s rare double flings – they dated briefly in 2007, and then reunited again in 2009. However, dating Ronaldo isn’t her only claim to fame – this bombshell has been on several reality television shows and on several Spanish language television series in her native Brazil, as well as taking on a hosting gig on Brazilian television.
11 Raffaella Fico
Raffaela Fico is so heavily associated with Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli, who is the father of her child, that it can be easy to assume that’s the only soccer player she’s cozied up to. That, however, would be false – she also managed to capture Ronaldo’s attention once upon a time. Fico definitely loves attention, making her living as a beauty queen, showgirl, model, reality television star, etc. Our best guess for the reason behind the dissolution of this fling is that Fico and Ronaldo both loved attention so much that they couldn’t bear to share the spotlight.
10 Jordana Jardel
When your brother is a professional athlete and you’re a young, single, eligible bachelorette, you know that you’ll be tagging along to games and getting him to introduce you to some of the professional sports world’s hottest bachelors. I mean, that’s what brothers are for right? Well, that’s what Jordana Jardel did – and it paid off. Jardel, the younger sister of Brazilian soccer star Mario Jardel, was introduced to Ronaldo by her brother while the two were on a team together. The two dated for a short period of time, and honestly, who can blame Ronaldo – Mario Jardel may be talented, but his sister definitely got the looks in the family.
9 Gemma Atkinson
A blonde British lingerie model seems like the type of girl that most men would fantasize over but never imagine that they would stand a chance with in real life. That is, unless you’re Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo spotted the blonde bombshell and started up a little flirtation. Unfortunately, Atkinson wanted all the publicity she could get, and decided to run to the presses and spill all the details about her relationship with Ronaldo. While everyone knows that Ronaldo is a definite playboy, most people also know that he likes to keep his private life fairly private – so, after Atkinson blabbed to the media, he simply fired back that it was a casual thing. That’s right – most men would brag about snagging a woman this hot, Ronaldo downplays it.
8 Niki Ghazian
Niki Ghazian is an Iranian-American model who makes her home in Los Angeles, and goes by the nickname “Persian Barbie.” Three guesses where she met the soccer superstar – that’s right, in the club. Back in 2008, Ghazian passed the gaggle of women constantly surrounding Ronaldo on his nights out and ended up spending some time with the soccer star. She’s definitely not shy about it, either – Ghazian spilled all the details in an interview with thedirty.com, including who was the aggressor in the situation, how they arranged to meet later, and Ronaldo’s alleged preference for curvy women. The reason that Ronaldo hates making his relationships public is likely because of women like Ghazian, who are thrilled to spill to the press the moment anything happens.
7 Paris Hilton
Most of Cristiano Ronaldo’s former hook-ups are women known internationally, from the U.K. or South America. However, every now and then, he’ll throw an American into the mix – after all, you have to spice things up every now and then. The reason he generally stays away from the Hollywood scene is likely that the heightened paparazzi would make it tougher to keep things private, which he likes to. Regardless, when Ronaldo was at a Hollywood club in 2009, he ran into blonde socialite Paris Hilton, end ended up being her rebound hook-up. It definitely wasn’t a relationship – just one night in Paris.
6 Alice Goodwin
Alice Goodwin is one of Britain’s many gorgeous glamour models. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a glamour model is basically a model who specializes in sexy shots. Obviously, exactly the type of woman Cristiano Ronaldo would want to spend the night with. Goodwin was scouted while sunbathing on a beach in the UK, and quickly snagged photoshoots in men’s magazines such as Maxim, Nuts, and Zoo Weekly. These two allegedly had a one night stand back in 2009. Good thing it didn’t turn into a relationship – that much hotness in one couple is just plain unfair.
5 Merche Romero
For someone who has no problem showing off his body or commanding attention, Ronaldo is shockingly unwilling to go public with his romances. Case in point – Merche Romero. Back in 2006, a photographer captured him relaxing on the beach with Romero, who works in Portuguese television. Despite the photographic evidence, Ronaldo wouldn’t confirm their relationship. Fun fact – Romero is also 9 years older than Ronaldo, meaning that he’s not averse to dating an older woman (at least, not when she looks like Romero does). Perhaps the Portuguese soccer star just wanted a taste of home with Romero, who is also of Portuguese descent.
4 Bipasha Basu
From English roses to American regulation hotties, Ronaldo has dated women from all around the world, of all nationalities. However, the European star doesn’t keep his taste within the continent in which he was born – Bipasha Basu, who he dated in 2007, is from India. Ronaldo was caught canoodling with the Bollywood star, and if you’ve seen her, you can see exactly why he’d be tempted. Unfortunately, rumor has it that Basu was already in a relationship at the time, with a fellow Bollywood star. Basu probably faced a bit of tabloid heat in her native India, but honestly – when a man looks like Ronaldo, many women are likely tempted.
3 Irina Shayk
There is no doubt that Irina Shayk is a stone cold hottie. Plain and simple. She has the kind of beauty that men go wild for, Ronaldo included. If you needed any proof, consider this – Ronaldo, notorious playboy and serial bachelor, actually took himself off the market for years in order to maintain a committed relationship with the Sports Illustrated swimsuit hottie. The two were together for nearly five years, and at one point were even engaged. Ronaldo’s relationships rarely last beyond a month or two (or, in many cases, a night or two), which makes it all the more surprising that he was with Shayk for so long. He eventually went back to playing the field in early 2015, as the couple split, but who knows – they could very well end up together eventually. I mean, that would be one crazy hot couple.
2 Lucia Villalon
After dating a supermodel like Irina Shayk for years, who on earth do you date next? Well, the public has an answer now – and, if anything, Ronaldo seems to have upgraded. He’s recently been spotted with Lucia Villalon Puras, a presenter for Real Madrid Television who has worked in broadcasting for several years. Based on the shots she shares on Instagram, she’s a big sports fan who is into working out. A match made in heaven, no? I mean, she was even pictured holding Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or accolade – that’s commitment. Now, the only question is, will Ronaldo go back to his standard short flings, or is he going to turn Villalon into one of his few long romances?