19
Sep

No bluff: Ronaldo challenges Rafael Nadal to a live poker showdown

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Brazilian soccer icon Ronaldo has thrown down the gauntlet in a poker duel against Rafael Nadal.

If that sounds completely random, fear not. The two stars actually squared off head-to-head in last year’s European Poker Tour Prague Charity Challenge, which raised nearly $130,000.

The 14-time Grand Slam champ emerged victorious in the first meeting at the tables, and Rafa isn’t short on confidence heading into his next challenge:

"… one year later I’m more confident with my skill level. I really enjoy playing poker and the challenge of learning as quickly as possible, so I can’t wait to get back into training on my game," Nadal said, via the Daily Mail.

But “Il Fenomeno” isn’t backing down despite Nadal already having bested him, saying, “This time it will be different, though, because I have been improving on my poker strategy and will be more prepared.”

PokerStars.com are putting on the event, which will broadcast live on Sept. 22.

(h/t Daily Mail)

Image provided by Getty

2
Sep

Cristiano Ronaldo takes a spin in McLaren supercar with Jenson Button

Of all the “untouchable” players during the transfer window, Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo had to be among the top of the list.

So, with the transfer deadline on Monday, what’s a guy to do on one of football’s busiest days? Ronaldo spent his time with one of the world’s premier Formula One drivers, Jenson Button.

The Portuguese star hopped in a pair of McLaren supercars with Button, taking a ride around the circuit and doing a few donuts, all the while receiving instruction on how to drive the vehicle.

Ronaldo was admittedly a bit tense during the lesson, saying, “He tried to teach me some stuff, but he was going so fast I didn’t take a lot of attention because I was like in the pressure to hold everything so strong.”

The “lesser” of the supercars, the McLaren 650S, boasts over 600 horsepower, while the McLaren P1 (or “bad boy” as Button calls it), cranks out over 700 horsepower.

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Even a guy that looks like that couldn’t help but blush at all that raw power.

(h/t Bleacher Report, Image: Getty)

23
Aug

Did Cristiano Ronaldo deliberately punch Diego Godin last night?

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In the final minute of Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 victory Friday night over Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to punch Atletico defender Diego Godin in the head on a corner kick. The two got tangled up in the box as Real were desperately searching for an equalizer, and Ronaldo seemed to smack Godin to the ground out of frustration.

When you see it again in slow motion (below), it certainly looks like Ronaldo landed not one, but two hay-makers on Godin’s dome, and though we can’t say for sure, the second one seems somewhat intentional. Should La Liga share our view, anything other than a multiple-match suspension would be a surprise.

Also, we see you Sergio Ramos. Attempting a “Hand of God” goal, there? Nothing gets past the FOX Soccer Blog!

17
Aug

Cristiano Ronaldo does Ice Bucket Challenge in his underwear

Finally! It’s the Ice Bucket Challenge video to end all Ice Bucket Challenge videos.

Darren Fletcher challenged Ronaldo to do the Ice Bucket Challenge, and CR7 happily obliged. In true Ronaldo fashion, he did it in the skimpiest pair of undies on the market (his own brand, naturally), and nothing else.

Ronaldo has long been a fan of his brand of skivvies. (Image: Getty)

It’s far from a surprise that the Adonis-like Ronaldo opted to do the challenge almost totally naked, but it IS surprising whom he nominated to follow suit.

Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Lil Wayne? Interesting lineup. We’ll see if they own up!

(h/t Bleacher Report)

16
Aug

Real Madrid full-kit pitch invader tries to blend in on corner kick

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This is Cristiano Ronaldo. He played and scored against Fiorentina in Real Madrid’s 2-1 friendly loss on Saturday. He was subbed off at halftime, but somehow ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ magically appeared back on the pitch in the 75th minute.

Okay, clearly that is not the Cristiano Ronaldo. It is a fan who thought himself clever by wearing a full kit, invading the pitch and trying to blend in on a Fiorentina corner kick. It actually worked pretty well as no one seemed to know what was going on or what to do.

He was pretty much was given free rein to walk wherever he pleased.

Security? Anybody? No? Okay then. Well played, sir.

15
Aug

Darren Fletcher does Ice Bucket Challenge, as awareness goes global

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We’ve already introduced you to the Ice Bucket Challenge, (which you’re probably aware has been making the rounds on the Internet), but in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a quick refresher:

The movement to combat the rare neurodegenerative disease ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has gone viral since originating in Boston last month. Athletes and celebrities have joined the general public in pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and then “daring” more people to do the same.

The challenge has made its way over to Europe now, too, as a trio of AS Roma players took the plunge.

Additionally, Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher was recently tapped to do it. In turn, and to the delight of everyone here at FOX Soccer, he nominated none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Don’t let all the ladies down, CR7. We know you don’t need an excuse to remove your shirt anyway, so just do it.

H/T Daily Mail

9
Aug

Cristiano Ronaldo is so over doing regular push-ups

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Ronaldo with Irina. Are we sure they’re not just wax figures? (Image: Getty)

When you’re Cristiano Ronaldo, nothing about your life is normal. He dates a super model, plays for one of the biggest clubs in the world, makes way too much money and has magical hair gel that keeps his locks perfect at all times.

So why would his push-ups be normal?

Clearly, he is bored with the regular form of this exercise and decided to add a little extra challenge to it, because he’s Cristiano Ronaldo. He even gets back up like he’s super-human.

Come on, dude, stop making your teammates look bad.

(H/T The Score)

5
Aug

Cristiano Ronaldo promotes goofy Japanese “facial fitness” product

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You may remember the story we posted a couple weeks ago about Cristiano Ronaldo joining a Japanese game show and watching in horror as the host tried out a “facial fitness” product that CR7 has been “promoting,” probably by force for an insane amount of money:

Well, wouldn’t you know it, this preposterous new product now has a TV commercial. And yes, it is just as absurd as you would have imagined.

Enjoy:

What is that, the “Shake Weight” for cheekbones? Is this real life?

No wonder that Ronaldo at no point actually uses the product. He already has perfect bone structure.

There’s more, too.

MTG _CR, the company behind this… cheek-strengthening device(?)… also had Ronaldo promote another of their products: An elegant handheld personal massager featuring a pair of what can only be described as disco balls.

This one, Ronaldo actually seems to enjoy using:

H/T SB Nation.

5
Aug

Lionel Messi’s haircut is … subpar

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What’s going on here? Does Messi still get $10 haircuts?

That fade is just horrendous!

Fine, not every footballer needs to take his follicles as seriously as Cristiano Ronaldo, but surely he can do better than this!

We bet Antonella would appreciate it as well …

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