Cristiano Ronaldo is the quintessential soccer player. But imagine this: what if arguably the world’s best player ditches the game? What if he takes his amazing soccer talent and takes it to another sporting event? To the concern of many. the Real Madrid striker has shed his football shoes for the heavy gear of American Football! Well, don’t worry! We are just pulling your leg, Ronaldo is not looking for a switch. Yes, Ronaldo did don American football gear, but the sole reason for that was a Super Bowl ad. The former Manchester United forward garnered plenty of attention for his appearance during the massively followed game. The level of the following can be gauged by the fact that ads during Super Bowl sell at a whopping $5 million for a mere 30-second slot.
Although Philadelphia Eagles stunned New England Patriots to win their first Super Bowl, the Portuguese captain was not too far behind in generating excitment on the social media. Ronaldo took to Instagram and shared the ad with his fans. He captioned it as “Not bad for my first time playing football.”
However, this is not the first time Ronaldo has joined hands with American Football. Back in 2014, before the World Cup, Ronaldo along with his country-mates, trained at the New York Jets’ practice facility where the forward interacted with the players and was taught how to throw the ball by then-wide receiver David Nelson.
On more familiar territory of a soccer field, things haven’t been going well for Real Madrid or Ronaldo. He has scored eight league goals, nine in Champions League and a collective 20 goals. This is a far cry from his previous seasons of at least 40 goals going back to 2009-10. Real Madrid currently sit fourth in La Liga table with 39 points from 21 games – 19 behind league leaders Barcelona.