Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best football players in the world and given his intriguing private life and his good looks and good taste, it’s no wonder that there’s always a lot of interest in who he is dating.
For five years that was Russian model Irina Shayk.
The two began seeing each other in early 2010, apparently having met on an Armani Exchange gig. The couple was soon seen vacationing together and appeared quite loved-up, as they say.
Surprisingly, at the beginning of his new relationship, Cristiano became a father to son Cristiano Jr. The boy’s mother is unknown and one can be fairly certain that she did not have a relationship with his father. In fact, one is inclined to conclude that the boy was born to a surrogate mother. Cristiano has said that he will never publicly reveal her identity and will only tell his son about her when he is grown up.
It must be said that Cristiano is a doting father to his boy, who seems to be his everything. And he has said on record that it is enough for his son to have a father, indicating that he is not specifically out to find a mother for the boy.
Yet Irina did assume somewhat of a motherly role. She and Cristiano were reportedly engaged in 2011, but whilst the engagement was never called off, a wedding also failed to make an appearance.
Irina was said to have a good relationship with Cristiano’s family, but towards the end of their relationship rumour had it that she didn’t get along with his mother, who apparently didn’t consider Irina mother-material to her grandson.
The precise reasons for the couple’s break-up are not entirely clear. On one hand it was said that Cristiano broke off the relationship when Irina refused to attend his mother’s 60th birthday party. On the other hand it was said that Irina broke off the relationship after she found evidence on his mobile phone that he had cheated on her.
Neither really was open to comment publicly about the break-up, only confirming that they had indeed broken up.
That was early in 2015.
Irina moved on with Bradley Cooper, whom she dated for most of 2015, though it was reported in January that the two had split again.
Cristiano for his part also moved on and was linked to more than one beautiful woman. One, Marisa Mendes, was even called his girlfriend, but the current status of that relationship is unclear.
What sent the gossip magazines off at the end of 2015 was a weird claim by a French television host that insinuated that Cristiano had a rather close relationship with kickboxer Badr Hari. The two are indeed friends and Cristiano is known to have visited Badr frequently towards the end of the year.
He’s been struggling on the field and blamed it on personal problems, which he also said he was working through and feeling better. He never really specified what those problems were, however. Whilst Badr and Cristiano are obviously close, the pictures the two shared don’t have a romantic feel to them. They were simply joking and some men don’t have a problem with being called gay, because they don’t consider it an insult or something they need to immediately deny.
Cristiano has said that he is secure in his sexuality. Both he and Badr are known to pay particular attention to their wardrobe and personal care, always looking meticulous when out and about. But that doesn’t make them gay.
There aren’t an awful lot of out active gay football players, however. Being as big a name as he is, he wouldn’t necessarily come out at this time. Admittedly, few people would be surprised if he did come out, but it really shouldn’t matter at all.