Foot­ball star and fash­ion icon

He’s one of the great­est foot­ballers on the planet but Cristiano Ronaldo is also bang on tar­get with his fash­ion

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Sports stars of to­day don’t come much big­ger than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid for­ward has tro­phies and ac­co­lades galore, as well as good looks and a stun­ning physique. The face of Sa­coor Broth­ers fash­ion brand, here are his thoughts on his life, ca­reer, work, rest and play.

BE­ING RECOG­NISED…

“I’m used to it now. I don’t look at it like that any­more. Ob­vi­ously, at the be­gin­ning, it was a bit strange. In the past, in my first or sec­ond year, I could still go un­no­ticed. But there came a time when that be­came im­pos­si­ble. But, I’m used to it now.”

ON STAY­ING MO­TI­VATED…

“It’s the com­pe­ti­tion. It’s en­joy­ing it and do­ing what I love most, play­ing foot­ball. And I feel good, I feel young, strong. So I want to keep go­ing. I don’t set time lim­its for my­self as a foot­baller. My body will tell me, and my mind too. I want to en­joy it and win more, both as a team player and on my own. If ev­ery­body had the chance to do what they like do­ing, I think the world would be a much bet­ter place… but that’s not pos­si­ble.”

ON A DAY OFF…

“I’d go to a shop­ping cen­tre, buy a bag of pop­corn, a Coke. I’d go with my friends and spend two or three hours there hav­ing fun and see a movie. Af­ter the cin­ema, I’d buy some clothes

The Span­ish en­joy hav­ing a good time and that’s what I al­ways try to do. I like do­ing my work well, both on the pitch and off it. Whether that means go­ing to the gym, warm­ing up to mu­sic, be­ing sur­rounded by peo­ple who make me feel good, in a tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment, a happy en­vi­ron­ment. I think that’s part of me, not just in foot­ball... “

ON ACT­ING…

“I’ve just fin­ished mak­ing my film (Ronaldo) and things went well. But when it’s your own film, it’s nat­u­ral, it’s not fake. I’m not an ac­tor in that film, but I’m not clos­ing the doors on the fu­ture. I wouldn’t want to be a lead or sup­port­ing ac­tor. I’d like to do small parts. I’d like to learn, to be sur­rounded by good ac­tors. That’s the only way to learn, as it’s an area I’m not fa­mil­iar with - it has noth­ing to do with foot­ball. But I think I could get there, with prac­tice. I think it’s a very in­ter­est­ing, but a dif­fi­cult pro­fes­sion. I’m sure sooner or later I’ll be on the cast of some film or other. I have no doubt about that. But I’ll just do small things to be­gin with, to get used to it, to gain ex­pe­ri­ence. Then we’ll see. The fu­ture is bright.”

ON HANG­ING UP HIS FOOT­BALL BOOTS…

“You can count on your fin­gers the num­ber of top world foot­ballers who were able to main­tain the de­mand­ing level of the top for six, seven, eight, nine, 10 years and stay at the top for so long. I feel very priv­i­leged to be one of them. In a way, that mo­ti­vates me to keep on work­ing harder and bet­ter. The longer I am at the high­est level, the bet­ter the fu­ture will be be­cause it brings more things with it, more con­tracts, every­thing. That’s my ma­jor mo­ti­va­tion, be­cause I know that when foot­ball is over for me, I’ll have plenty to do.”

THE REAL DEAL: Cristiano Ronaldo is the face of Sa­coor Broth­ers. See sacoor­broth­ers.com

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