We’ve all heard about Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Tottenham and his charitable work, but what did we really know about him? His soft-drink addiction, his philanthropic work for the Save the Children disaster relief fund, and His social media game? Read on to find out. And, if you’re not a soccer fan, read on for some great facts about Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Tottenham
On Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur. The Portuguese forward scored two goals in the first half, including a great long-range strike, and then completed his treble with nine minutes to play. Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Harry Kane equalized with a penalty in the 38th minute after Alex Telles handled a Dejan Kulusevski cross. After Kane’s penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo restored Man Utd’s lead with a long range strike in the final third of the match.
With a hat-trick against Tottenham, Cristiano has now won the Champions League five times in his career. Gary Neville thinks that despite his age, Cristiano could still play football until he is 40. The Portuguese international has scored 136 goals for Manchester United, 115 with the national team of Portugal, and 101 goals for Juventus. It is worth noting that he has already scored 49 hat-tricks in his career. After a poor run of results and injury-plagued form, Ronaldo’s hat-trick has revived Manchester United’s chances of finishing in the top four.
The Manchester United superstar’s hat-trick against Tottenham was a landmark moment for both club and country. His three goals came in three distinct ways, including a header, tap-in and long-range effort. He has now reached 807 goals for his club and country, surpassing Josef Bican’s record of 805.
After the hat-trick against Tottenham, Manchester United’s interim coach Ralf Rangnick admitted that he was managing Cristiano Ronaldo. He had missed the previous weekend’s Manchester derby due to a hip flexor problem and was left on the bench in the subsequent match. The player then flew back to Portugal to rest. Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur may help the club in the long run, and the media attention will continue for the rest of the season.
The hat-trick came at the right time for Ronaldo, as the two teams had started the match at the opposite ends of the pitch. The first half saw United dominate possession, but Spurs started to settle into the game. Ronaldo scored the opening goal after 12 minutes, assisted by Fred. A VAR replay later revealed that the forward was onside. On the final whistle, he completed the hat-trick with a late header.
His addiction to soft drinks
The Spanish football team, which is coached by former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo, has received much criticism from some corners of the world for the way in which they manage their player’s addiction to soft drinks. The 30-year-old reportedly refused to drink sodas at training sessions and press conferences and, in one case, even threw away two bottles of Coca-Cola in protest. In a response to the snub, Coke has offered to give all players water bottles during press conferences.
Although the Portuguese footballer has made his name as one of the world’s highest paid athletes, the soft drink giant is constantly on the lookout for new stars to endorse their products. After all, in recent years, LeBron James, a young cricketer from England, joined Pepsi in March. In addition, soft-drink companies have increasingly partnered with professional athletes to sponsor leagues and major tournaments such as the World Cup and UEFA Champions League. The goal is to link their products with an active lifestyle, which is why they pay big money for athletes to endorse their products.
Although many people associate football with soft drinks, Cristiano Ronaldo has always been against soft drinks. He even once slammed his sons for consuming soft drinks. But the former Real Madrid striker has been credited with his long and successful career because of his strict diet. And, despite being a football star, he has a healthy body that no one else in Europe could do.
It is not just Ronaldo who has struggled with addiction. Hugo Dinis has also battled with his addiction and has stayed sober. After Cristiano’s 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid, he was seen hugging Hugo. The two players became close and made a pact, which he has kept to this day. In return, Hugo is now a manager at the CR7 museum in Madeira.
Coca-Cola has long been associated with football. It is an official partner of the FIFA World Cup and sponsors several English leagues and UEFA competitions. However, Ronaldo’s recent public snub of the beverage company was met with criticism, and it was the reason why Coca-Cola’s share price dropped by nearly four billion dollars.
His contribution to Save the Children disaster relief fund
A new story is emerging regarding the humanitarian efforts of soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Having become the Global Artist Ambassador for Save the Children in 2013, Ronaldo has been a tireless advocate for impoverished children, helping them with education, health care and nutritional programs. He has also become an advocate for refugees, including those in the Syrian war. Since his appointment as an ambassador for Save the Children in January 2013, Ronaldo has focused on child hunger. He discovered that one in seven children goes to bed hungry every night.
In the past, Ronaldo has used his voice to raise awareness about child poverty and donated to reconstruct villages in Indonesia in 2004. Most recently, he has used social media to spread the word about the work of Save the Children. He has also asked his fans to donate to the relief fund, encouraging them to write messages of hope to the children of Syria. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Twitter account is home to more than 250 million followers and is encouraging his followers to do the same.
While Ronaldo has denied donating PS5 million to the Save the Children disaster relief fund, he has urged his 102 million Facebook fans to donate money to the fund. While many fans are concerned about the lack of recognition for Ronaldo, he has made it his goal to promote his charity and its work on social media. The star is proving his commitment to helping others by showing the world how much he values the cause by using his social media accounts.
Another reason for Ronaldo’s involvement in a disaster relief fund is his mother’s battle with breast cancer. He decided to donate PS120,000 to the charity after her battle. A local reporter in Beirut alerted the Real Madrid team about Haidar’s plea. In a video, Ronaldo comforts the young boy Haidar. He also donates PS120,000 to a cancer care center in Portugal.
His social media game
It was a social media game that no one in Europe could play, but that is what Cristiano Ronaldo did to make his comeback to Old Trafford so memorable. The Manchester United twitter feed announced that the Portuguese striker had signed a contract with them worth EUR15 million, plus an additional EUR8 million in add-ons. It was then retweeted over 600,000 times and liked by over one million people.
Using social media to produce brand awareness and higher sales for his sponsors, Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to reach 233 million Instagram followers. The same picture of him leaning on a Bugatti garnered 10 million likes from other fans. In fact, pictures of Cristiano playing for Juventus garner six million likes, which is more than one percent of his total followers. This means that his content is just as successful as paid advertisements.
The difference between Ronaldo and other players is in their style of advertising. A soccer player, for example, is more likely to post interesting and relevant content than a non-soccer player. Similarly, a soccer player’s social media content is more likely to be engaging. For this reason, Eden Hazard, for example, had a 1% engagement rate for an advertisement he shared on Instagram. However, Ronaldo’s advertising style has gone beyond the boundaries of traditional sports marketing.
In a recent article published by Bleacher Report, Cristiano Ronaldo’s social media game went viral. He had a ‘close friend’ named Jasmine. The two have remained friends for the past year. While he might have missed a couple of games for a knee injury, the Portuguese striker’s’social media game’ has garnered attention from millions of fans.