Cristiano Ronaldo, the international pitch star for Real Madrid, has a reputation for dating supermodels.
He was even in a five-year relationship with the stunning Russian beauty Irina Shayk until earlier this year.
With that said, the widespread rumors across the Internet today of an alleged gay relationship with kickboxing veteran Badr Hari are coming as a bit of a shock.
The rumors stem from two things, in particular.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) December 5, 2015
The first: a cheeky picture that Badr Hari shared to his social media pages (pictured above) in which he is holding Cristiano Ronaldo with a caption that reads, “Just married. Hahahaha.”
Aside from that, sources reportedly close to Ronaldo told the Daily Mail that he flies to Morocco to be with Hari a lot.
While Hari’s social media doesn’t exactly confirm this, there are enough pictures there to lend credence to the hearsay.
Of course, none of these photos prove anything aside from the fact that Badr likes Cristiano Ronaldo and that the feeling appears to be mutual.
What makes the relationship so unusual, however, is the frequency with which Ronaldo allegedly sees Hari.
He reportedly owns a Gulfstream G200 jet worth in excess of $20 million, and he makes frequent use of it to travel abroad. Many of those trips, the Mail‘s sources claim, “take him to Morocco after trainings and back again the same night so he could attend the following day’s training.”
Some futbol pundits are concerned not with the potential of a Cristiano Ronaldo gay relationship, they say, but with the amount of travel and the effect that it could have on the star’s game.
French personality Daniel Riolo speculated that “flying off to Morocco three to four times a week to see a friend and cuddle with him might have an impact on his performances eventually.”
Also, Extra Confidencial reports that many high up in the Real Madrid organization are concerned about the travel frequency as well.
While many on the U.S. front are unfamiliar who the rumored gay companion of Ronaldo is, he’s a bit of a kickboxing legend internationally with victories over Anderson Silva and Alistair Overeem to his credit.
Badr Hari has fought in 118 professional fights and logged 106 wins (with 12 defeats). Most of the time when Hari steps in the ring, it ends in a knockout whether he’s the one doing the kicking (94 KOs) or the one on the receiving end (8 KOs).
His Facebook page is a mix of kickboxing photographs, Cristiano Ronaldo photo-ops, and devout respect for Allah, with most personal posts being signed off with, “ALLAHU AKBAR” and other praises.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most high-profile pitch legends at just 30 years old. He is definitely one of the highest paid, according to Forbes.
The business news site notes that from 2013 to 2015, he earned $152 million. This placed him at No. 1 on the list of the world’s highest-paid futbol players.
Clearly, just going from an earnings perspective, the frequent travel and alleged gay relationship seem to be having little effect on the 30-year-old star, who could still have a lot of career left in front of him if he wants it.
Ronaldo has been playing futbol since 1992 when he got his start for the Andorinha Youth team. He began his Senior career in 2002 with Sporting CP.
He has also made multiple appearances on the Portugal national team.
As to the rumors, his representatives have not issued a comment at this time, but the Inquisitr will keep you posted should they choose to weigh in.
Do you think it matters if Cristiano Ronaldo chooses to be in a gay relationship and squeeze travel into his already busy life? Sound off in the comments section!
[Images via Badr Hari Facebook]