The producer of the new, highly-publicised documentary on the career of Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the Portuguese forward ‘lives a lonely life’.
Having played for Manchester United and Real Madrid in a career that has seen over 500 goals, three Ballon d’Ors and two Champions Leagues, it was inevitable that a film crew would take to the forward sooner rather than later.
The documentary is set to offer an in-depth perspective of a player that has astonished football fans in recent years.
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However, it has been revealed that despite his international fame and swelling fan base, CR7 limits himself to a close group of friends amidst the media attention. The documentary’s producer, James Gay-Rees, has informed the press of a number of insights into Ronaldo’s social life that the film explores.
According to the BBC, Gay-Rees said: "He's got a very small group of friends and he surrounds himself with his family.
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"I think the level of sacrifice required to operate at that level is beyond most of our understanding.”
A large theme of the film’s promotional material has focused on the level of sacrifice Ronaldo has made during his career, with Gay-Rees implying that an open social life is just one aspect of Ronaldo’s life required to take a back seat.
The producer added: "It requires a huge amount of dedication and sacrifice."
"He has an idea, he wants a legacy, he wants to go down as one of the greatest players of all time. It's a pretty brutal, lonely lifestyle."
The idea of having such an enclosed circle of friends compliments the publicity of Ronaldo’s vast concentration and dedication. His devoted allegiance to the cause of being the world’s best sees the 30-year-old spend little time widening his social horizons.
Gay-Rees’ documentary will be in cinemas for one night only but is already available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Given the producer’s history of documenting the lives of Amy Winehouse and Aryton Senna, there is little doubt the piece will offer a great acumen into the life of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Moreover, it appears increasingly inevitable the film will display an undertone of the unfortunate side of such vigorous dedication to footballing perfection. The ironic theme is, despite being known by millions worldwide, only a selected few truly know the real Ronaldo.