NEW YORK, NY – One soccer player is less than pleased with his pairing on a recent magazine cover!
Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s highest-paid soccer star and arguably the best player. Not even his millions and millions in salary could turn his frown upside down over Vanity Fair’s recent cover. Ronaldo is furious at the magazine for putting him on the cover with rival player Didier Drogba, the New York Post reports.
The Real Madrid stud is fuming that after he stripped down to his underpants and showed off his chiseled physique for photographer Annie Leibovitz, the magazine bosses also ran a photo of Chelsea FC striker Drogba on the cover.
The two players have a strong ongoing rivalry and they are set to square off in their opening game of the World Cup on June 15. Ronaldo will be representing Portugal and Drogba will be representing the Ivory Coast. Although Ronaldo plays for Spanish team Real Madrid, both players know each other very well from Ronaldo’s days in the English Premier League playing for Manchester United.
One source told the Post that Ronaldo has complained Vanity Fair widely used his image to market its June issue. Ronaldo reportedly makes US$30 million a year and has recently been romantically linked to Kim Kardashian.
“Ronaldo is freaking out,” the source said. “He says he wants to sue Vanity Fair for using his image to promote the issue everywhere.”
“Even though this is pretty standard practice in the magazine world, he and his managers insist only they have control of his image and where it can be used.”
“But no legal action has been launched, and there are whispers that what really upset Ronaldo was that, having stripped off to his underpants for the shoot in Madrid, he didn’t envisage sharing the cover with another player photographed in Milan.”
While his skill is undeniable, Ronaldo has been known to be somewhat of a diva. Sometimes his talent on the pitch is overshadowed by his theatrics and hysterics. It remains to be seen if this will actually pick up steam. Or if it will just get lost in the shuffle and turn out to be a case of a spoiled soccer star not getting “a call” he wants.