Hollywood star Russell Crowe admitted that he is a huge fan of Ronaldo, during his visits to Valdebebas on April 29. He came to Madrid to promote movie “Robin Hood” which he played and produced.
“I was definitely looking forward to meeting Ronaldo because obviously he is one of the best players to have ever played the game,” the Oscar winner told the club’s television station.
Crowe was able to meet several Madridistas, including Arbeloa,Raul, Pepe, Guti and Ronaldo. He gave each players a baseball cap of his South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian Rugby team that he owns, while he received a Real Madrid shirt with his name emblazoned on the back with number “1″.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he is planning a future away from the Bernabéu.
The Portuguese winger moved to Madrid from Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee of £80m last summer, but says he will not spend the rest of his career with the club.
“Football is all about cycles. I believe that you are in teams for cycles. If you have already won everything with a team you have to change and that’s what happened to me with United.
“I wanted a different football and different goals and I am very happy to have taken this decision. Alex Ferguson understood my decision. I continue to talk to him. I spent several years wanting to play in Madrid. But I don’t see myself here at 40. You are in teams for cycles.”
The French international is the club’s top target after being recommended by Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu in a world record £80 million deal last summer.
Valdano has a number of other candidates on his wishlist — including Arsenal’s Gael Clichy, Chelsea’s Ashley Cole and Fiorentina’s Juan Manuel Vargas — but Evra is his top target as Ronaldo insists he is the man for the job. As a result, a bid in the region of £20m is being prepared.
Reports from France suggest Evra might be open to the move, considering he has already won every trophy available to him in English football since joining United from Monaco in January 2006.
David Beckham remains the highest-earning football player in the world, for the third year running, according to Forbes magazine. The 35-year-old earned $40m (£26m) in 2009, with about 80% of that coming from sponsors such as Adidas, Giorgio Armani and Motorola.
Cristiano Ronaldo is second on the Forbes list, earning $30m (£19.5m) a year. The Portugal midfielder’s major sponsors include Nike, Coca-Cola and, like Beckham, Giorgio Armani. He signed a six-year contract with real Madrid that pays an estimated $15.5m in the first year, then increases by 25%.
3rd to 10th: Kaká, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Steven Gerrard.