It would seem that Cristiano Ronaldo has got a taste for the camera after his self-titled documentary was released last year.
Although ‘Ronaldo’ wasn’t exactly a hit - “depressing move by a narcissist” is our favourite review on IMDb - the Real Madrid star will advance his acting career by starring in a film about Los Blancos.
The project, which has a budget of £100 million, is backed by Harvey Weinstein and will follow on from the trio of Goal! movies.
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But the scale of this film is on a completely different level to the Goal! series.
For a start, Ronaldo is not the only high-profile name set to feature. Some of his Galactico teammates will play a role and, according to the Mirror, David Beckham, who starred in Goal! and Goal II, is even considering playing himself.
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Justin Bieber is set to play the main character. The Canadian superstar will play the role of a young footballer from Los Angeles who becomes an overnight sensation at Real Madrid.
The Spanish club will allow filming to take place at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Mike Jefferies, who produced the original Goal! trilogy, will be involved in the film, which begins shooting in March 2017.
Ronaldo + Bieber = money
Combining Ronaldo with Bieber, two of the biggest players in their respective industries, has the potential to break box-office numbers. Throw in Beckham and you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t be interested in watching.
“The film is well into the pre-production stages and the hope is that Bieber will sign on in the coming weeks,” a source told the Mirror.
"It is a great opportunity for him and could be one of the biggest films of 2017 if all of his fans and the fans of Ronaldo go to the cinema.”
The film Ronaldo gave a fascinating insight into the life of football’s biggest star. His view of Lionel Messi and the Ballon d’Or, for example, showed just how much individual success means to him.
“It’s a card inside an envelope that can change so much,” Ronaldo says. “To see Messi win four in a row (between 2009 and 2012) was difficult for me. After he won the second and third I thought to myself: ‘I’m not coming here again.’”
Then there was the slightly depressing scene where Ronaldo discussed his loneliness in football.
“In football I don’t have a lot of friends. People I really trust? Not many. Most of the time I’m alone. I consider myself an isolated person.”
We think we know what’s next for the Portugal star when he hangs up his boots.
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