Cristiano Ronaldo meets One Direction at Real Madrid training
Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed members of One Direction during their guest appearance at Real Madrid training
Cristiano Ronaldo met three members of world famous pop band One Direction when the trio made a surprise guest appearance at Real Madrid training on Thursday.
Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan turned up at the Primera Division giants' Ciudad training base outside Madrid in Valdebebas this morning, where they were greeted by the majority of the club's first-team squad as well as outgoing manager Jose Mourinho.
After posing for photographs with senior players, the 1D boys were put through their paces in a light-hearted training session in sweltering conditions in the Spanish sun.
The opportunity to meet Ronaldo will have been a particularly special experience for Louis - a self-confessed Manchester United fan, who has made no secret of his admiration for the Portuguese forward.
"I have to confess I'm just in awe of @Cristiano's footballing ability! Wow," he told his followers on Twitter last month.
The 21-year-old One Direction star also shared his support for the social media campaign to get Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, after he left the recently crowned Premier League champions to move to Real Madrid in a £70million deal in 2009.
"It would be amazing if Manchester United signed Ronaldo!" he tweeted.
"Just seen the amazing idea by @RonaldoHomeOrg to use the fans to help sign Ronaldo! The power of football fans!!"
After being introduced to the One Direction boys, Ronaldo reciprocated the kind gesture, tweeting a picture with the boys and saying: "Nice to meet @onedirection today."
The world-renowned boy band also appear to have a secret fan in the form of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, who might have been a little disappointed not to have met missing members Zayn Malik and Harry Styles.
"Today I met @OneDirection guys. A great picture with them. Greetings!!" said the Spain international.