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


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)

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Ronaldo tries out being music reporter for a day

Maybe, just maybe, Ronaldo has found a new career now that he has finally retired from football. Il Fenomeno, as he was dubbed by the Italian press when banging in the goals for Inter Milan, tried his hand at being a music journalist for a day in his native Brazil.

The former Real Madrid striker, one of the greatest players the world has ever seen, interviewed local rappers Tulio Dek, Ice Blue and Heliao during the program Reporter for um dia (‘Reporter for a day’).

The two-time World Cup winner blended in pretty well with the musicians although his attempt at rapping left a lot to be desired. Still, he managed to hang around in cool cars and with gorgeous women, and appeared in a video at the end of his shift. Looks like the great man is still living life in the fast lane.


The “other, fat Ronaldo” is now just “chunky Ronaldo”


Remember Ronaldo’s well-documented diet plan? Well, it looks like Il Fenomeno has lived up to his promise of shedding the weight, losing 17 kg (just shy of 40 pounds) in three months by taking part in Brazilian TV network Globo’s “Medida Certa (“The right measure”) show. And though he’s still a hefty 222 lbs, he looks A LOT better than he has for quite a while!

Not gonna lie, we’re gonna miss “fat Ronaldo” for our own entertainment reasons, but it’s good to see him healthy.

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