When soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk started dating in 2010, no one thought they’d last. But four years later they’ve, blossomed into the world’s hottest couple.
They posed together in a new photo spread for the latest issue of Vogue Spain, shot by renowned photographer Mario Testino.
Their backgrounds are different, yet very similar.
Irina, 28, grew up in an obscure Russian village so small “we didn’t even have fashion magazines,” she once said in an interview.
Ronaldo was born Portugal. His mother was a cook, and father worked as a municipal gardener. Growing up he shared a bedroom with his brother and sisters and remembers going without.
His father, an alcoholic, died at 52, when Ronaldo was 20.
Yet both are blessed with natural talent.
Shayk, a 5-foot 10-inch tall beauty, broke into modeling in 2004 after reading an ad at a bus stop.
Ronaldo, 29, started playing soccer at eight. After showing outstanding ability he was signed by Sporting Clube de Portugal, one of the nation’s “big three” soccer clubs.
He went on to become a soccer superstar, but he wasn’t well-known outside of European sports-circles until he signed with Armani Exchange in 2010. Ironically, he replaced David Beckham, then the hottest soccer player in the world.
Irina was also signed to the brand and she met Ronaldo on a photo shoot.
Before that, Ronaldo had a playboy reputation. He’d dated a string of beauties and was even linked briefly with Kim Kardashian.
In July 2010, he announced that he’d fathered a child out of wedlock during a one-night stand. He retains full custody of the child.
Since he began dating Irina, he’s settled down and their relationship has solidified.
Both their careers continue to flourish. Irina just made her acting debut as Hercules’ wife in the 2014 film “Hercules.”
In January, Cristiano won the Fifa Ballon d’Or, the game’s highest individual honor, for the second time in his career.
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