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Cristiano Ronaldo Shirtless

Cristiano Ronaldo Shirtless

He’s one of Britain’s highest paid football stars – and he’s on a dream break with a beautiful blonde. But Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t seem to know when he’s well off. The superfit winger looked more sulky than hunky as he and his mystery friend soaked up the sun. He didn’t crack a smile even when she rubbed sun-cream into his legs. One onlooker said: "He looked a bit glum. Maybe he just had other things on his mind." The 21-year-old winger was pictured as he relaxed with his tattooed companion at a five-star, £1,000-a-night hotel in a Mediterranean resort. He had to get special permission for the three-day vacation from manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Portuguese whizkid was signed by United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003. Since then he has gained a love-hate reputation for his flamboyant, step-over dribbling technique. And, as our pictures show, he doesn’t smile a lot. Maybe he only gets his kicks on the field.

Said tatooed companion is 30-year-old Portugese TV presenter Merche Romero, Cristiano Ronaldo‘s girlfriend.  Merche is the center of a vicious Internet hate campaign with Cristiano‘s fans attacking her looks and age (some refer to her as a "tipdrill"). But friends insist the age gap is not an issue for the star couple. A friend said: "Merche likes younger men. There is a bit of an age gap but Cristiano is very mature. They don’t see the difference in ages as a problem.

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