Date:Wednesday September 12 2007
The Portuguese winger speaks vaguely about the difficulties of being a famous footballer - in the shadow of rumours of a recent orgy.
It is the first time he has spoken at length about his private life, emotions and such things. Above all, he maintained his desire for privacy.
"Many people have images of footballers as people who like to go out all the time, spend their money lavishly and to date many women. It's hard to escape this idea but dealing with the pressures of being a famous footballer and the publicity it attracts can be very difficult,' he said in an interview in Hello magazine.
"Footballer's lifestyles are always under scrutiny but the image and publicity about wealth, glitz and good times often fail to tell the true story!
Sometimes it is a very lonely world and we don't feel safe in any place. Yet our status, our salaries mean we rarely win the public's sympathy. But I do believe I am a good role model."
So, no poolside orgy to celebrate United's first win, eh? We now know that Ronaldo likes funny, kind, friendly woman with good conversation and he'd like to be a father one day. And he considers the row with Wayne Rooney of having vital importance in saving his career.
'It was not very pleasant but it did me some good. With this I grew wiser and it helped me to mature. I insist that Rooney is a good friend by whose side it is a pleasure and a honour to play, and he and I exchanged text messages just after that game with England, as well as the next day."
"I feel privileged the British people have taken me to their hearts. The best thing about Britain is the people - they are fair. When you do well, they say so. When not so well, they say so." Ronaldo is quick to point out that he much prefers staying in with his best friend and housemate Jose to living the glamorous Premiership footballer's lifestyle portrayed in the press.
After everything he has received at away grounds, it's quite fair to say they are fair - well done, Ronaldo. Yet I doubt that masses of British people have taken him to their hearts, outside Old Trafford, of course...
United-haters would say that Ronaldo is not wise and mature in anyway and though I agree to an extent, one should be extremely stupid to deny that he matured a lot after the World Cup. Hopefully, it will not go to the thrash bin after all the praise he received last season...
Date:Wednesday September 12 2007
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