Life as Cristiano Ronaldo must be enjoyable.
He kicks a football about for a living and is adored by millions. He has enough money to last him a lifetime and will never want for anything.
In his home town of Madeira, Ronaldo has a statue, museum, hotel and an airport named after him. He is quite literally viewed as a king.
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However, such status has its downfalls. In his self-titled documentary, the Real Madrid star admitted that fame has left him with trust issues.
And there’s also the lack of privacy Ronaldo receives. Take the footage of Ronaldo walking down Beverly Hills, for example.
A fan noticed Ronaldo
The 31-year-old has spent time this summer in Los Angeles ahead of the new season, being snapped with Conor McGregor and at a Jennifer Lopez concert.
Of course, Ronaldo was never going to be able to walk through one of the most popular places in the United States without going unnoticed. The problem for Ronaldo comes when those who spot him are ardent fans willing to ignore his privacy in order to take a picture.
One such fan attempted to steal a selfie with the Portuguese star as he walked down Rodeo Drive. Probably to the fan’s surprise, he was met with a gentle shove from Ronaldo. Check out the video below.
Plenty are defending Ronaldo on social media. That he can’t even walk down a street without being troubled is quite sad, really.
Downsides to celebrity status
But it’s attention he’s come to deal with. Since he arrived on the scene at Manchester United in 2003, Ronaldo’s popularity has grown to the point where he’s become a global superstar.
There are downsides to the benefits, though. Ronaldo came across as a lonely character in his documentary, claiming: “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.”
It’s quite remarkable that a person named by Forbes as the world’s highest paid athlete, with annual earnings of $88 million, considers himself a loner.
But in the same way, it’s not that much of a shock. When he’s that wealthy, how can he tell if someone is genuinely interested in him or simply wants a slice of his money? No wonder Ronaldo thinks it’s best to avoid the pain that the latter would bring.
He also hasn’t told anyone who the mother of his son is. “People speculate that it was with this girl or the other or a surrogate mother,” Ronaldo said. “I’ve never told anybody and I never will.”
Through fear that she will be targeted, one presumes.