Grateful Ronaldo to buy Real physios new cars

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo may have won the Ballon D'or on Monday, but the victory has come at a price: he will now have to buy his club's physiotherapists a new car of their choice.

Grateful Ronaldo to buy Real physios new cars
These lucky physiotherapists are in line to receive a new car from Cristiano Ronaldo (on massage table) Photo: Twitter

Ronaldo was so overcome when he was presented with the prestigious prize in Zurich that he wept before the cameras.

After watching his rival Leo Messi claim the Ballon D'or for four consecutive years, Ronaldo's relief was palpable.

But the Real Madrid forward wasn't the only celebrating: the club physios were too.

Before Ronaldo had made them a promise: if he won the award he would buy them all a car of their choice as a thanks for all their hard work in keeping him match fit.

That's according to Spain's Marca sports daily, who also say CR7 is a man of his word. He will now have to put his money where his mouth is.

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‘Diego is eternal’: Messi pays tribute to Maradona

Lionel Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona on Wednesday by calling him "eternal" after his fellow Argentine died of a heart attack.

'Diego is eternal': Messi pays tribute to Maradona
Diego Maradona hugs Lionel Messi after 2010 World Cup quarter final Argentina vs Germany. Photo: AFP

“A very sad day for all Argentines and football,” Messi wrote on Instagram. “He has left us but he will never leave us because Diego is eternal. I will keep all the beautiful moments that I lived with him and would like to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”






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Messi and Maradona have often been compared in the debate about who was the greatest footballer of all time.

Both players are icons in Argentina and have been likened to each other due to their global status, dribbling style and famous number 10 shirts.    

Maradona was also Messi's coach during his brief time in charge of the national team, which included Argentina being thrashed by Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals.

A banner held up during 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014. Photo: AFP


Maradona spent two years at Barcelona, where Messi is now captain and the club's all-time top scorer, although Maradona's greatest years were spent with Napoli in Italy.

Asked about Maradona in 2010, Messi said: “Even if I played for a million years, I'd never come close to Maradona. Not that I'd want to anyway. He's the greatest there's ever been.”