Cristiano Ronaldo is a good-looking guy and a pretty decent player too - it's for all to see - and the Real Madrid star has been backed by former Manchester United teammate Gerard Pique, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Ronaldo has been in scintillating form for Real Madrid this season, scoring 23 La Liga goals and recently pipped Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to lift the Ballon d'Or.

Since his £80 million move to the Spanish giants in 2009, the Portuguese international has scored 238 goals in just 233 games and is regarded as one of the greatest footballers to grace the football pitch.

But with huge talent comes pressure and Ronaldo gives an impression that he loves himself a bit too much, however Barcelona defender Pique has rubbished that and insisted he's a genuine bloke.

“He may have been a bit too sincere when he said that people are jealous of him because he’s good looking rich and a great player,” Pique told Marca.

“I know him very well and he is a friendly guy. His public image does not correspond with how he is in real life.”

On the subject of players and the pressures that they face in the limelight - while speaking at football debate 'Footballers vs Journalists' - Pique suggested that professionals have every right to keep to themselves as long as their winning.

"It looks like we're being distant, but it's a protection barrier we put up to not get hurt," he added.

"Criticism can be hard to take. When you win all is just great, but when you lose it's all so cruel.

"Many times I walk into the press room thinking that I'll just say stuff we always come out with, but then I get hot under the collar and I make the headlines."


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