UEFA Euro 2012: The Cristiano Ronaldo

June, 6, 2012
UEFA Euro 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, kicks off June 8. In anticipation of this eagerly awaited event, Playbook is teaming up with ESPN FC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

We pretty much said this for Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but it goes double here: Love him or hate him, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo boasts two undeniable things: Talent -- just ask our experts about the Real Madrid talisman, ranked No. 1 in Europe by ESPN FC -- and style.

Here's a look at the latter:

Cristiano RonaldoPatricia De Melo Moreira/GettyImagesRonaldo waves to the fans at the Lisbon airport on Monday, ready to board a flight for Poland.
Cristiano RonaldoPaulo Cunha/AFP/GettyImagesRonaldo sits as the team is paraded through Obidos, after Portugal's pre-Euro training camp.
Ronaldo as part of a kinda PG-13 Armani campaign.

Cristiano RonaldoEuropa Press/Europa Press/Getty ImagesRonaldo and his girlfriend, model Irina Shayk, attend the Madrid Open tennis tournament.
Behind the scenes at Armani. Still kinda PG-13.

Ballon D'orSebastien Nogier/AFP/Getty ImagesRonaldo might not always outshine Xavi or Lionel Messi, right, on the pitch. But on stage ...
Cristiano RonaldoJuan Naharro Gimenez/WireImageRonaldo and fancy cars? Somehow we're ... shocked. (Yeah, we're not shocked.)
Did we say something about cars?

Cristiano RonaldoAFP/Getty ImagesRonaldo often can seem larger than life, such as at this news conference in Dubai.
Ronaldo talking about preparing for a match, for a Nike ad.

Cristiano RonaldoDani Pozo/Getty ImagesIt symbolizes goals, sure. But would you really be surprised if Ronaldo wore actual golden boots?
Cristiano RonaldoJavier Soriano/Getty ImagesEven on the pitch, Ronaldo (mostly) maintains his impeccably manicured hairstyle.

Against what soccer power did Ronaldo make his debut as Portugal captain in 2007, to honor the request of late Portuguese soccer executive Carlos Silva?
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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