The Portugal national team have been training at the New York Jets practice facility in New Jersey before heading off for the World Cup which is set to start on Thursday. Well the two completely different football sides came together yesterday to get a taste of their two sports. And as you can see above, Cristiano Ronaldo can absolutely launch a pigskin.
Despite dealing with patellar tendonitis in his left knee (which may or may not have been caused by a Ghanaian witch doctor), the Real Madrid star resumed training at Florham Park and took some time out from practice with his teammates to learn how to pass a real football.
Jets wide receiver David Nelson showed him how to fling the ball around, and props to the Portugal star, despite throwing mechanics that even Tim Tebow thinks are a bit off, he can certainly get some zip on the ball.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan had some idea of who Ronaldo was, but was more impressed with the 29-year old's pay packet than his soccer skills.
"I understand they got a guy that's pretty decent," Ryan said. "If all you got is one name, you're pretty good, I think. Then somebody said he made $28 million on his contract alone and I was, like, 'What?' Golly. So Seth [Ryan's son] is now kicking a soccer ball and not a football."
The Jets obviously weren't holding it against Portugal that they will be battling the USA down in Brazil. And i think Ronaldo would probably make a better kicker than a quarterback anyway.