Portugal and Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed he has broken up with longtime girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk.
“After dating for five years, my relationship with Irina Shayk has come to an end,” Ronaldo said in a statement. “We believed it would be best for both of us to take this step now.”
Ronaldo said he was making the statement to end speculation about their relationship, and to end recent rumours about his private life. He did not specify the rumours, but media in Portugal have reported that Shayk fell out with members of Ronaldo’s family, and that he was seeing another woman.
“I wish Irina the greatest happiness,” Ronaldo said.
He gave no further details in the brief statement.
The couple, both 29, were not believed to be living together, as Ronaldo was based in the Spanish capital, while Shayk travelled extensively.
Ronaldo recently picked up the Fifa Ballon d’Or after being voted the world’s best player, but Shayk did not accompany him to the ceremony in Zurich. Her absence triggered rumours that their relationship was over. The couple remained silent despite days of intense media speculation.
Ronaldo has a 4-year-old son, called Cristiano Junior, but he has never disclosed the mother’s identity.
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