Voice for Equality: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese soccer player who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and serves as captain of the Portuguese national team. Ronaldo currently holds the distinction of being the most expensive player in football history after having transferred to Real Madrid from Manchester United in a deal worth £80 million (US$132m). His contract with Real Madrid is believed to have made him the highest-paid football player in the world.  In 2008, Ronaldo won the Champions League with United, and was named player of the tournament. He was named the FIFPro World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Player of the Year, in addition to becoming Manchester United's first Ballon d'Or winner in 40 years. Three-time Ballon d'Or winner Johan Cruyff said in an interview on 2 April 2008, "Ronaldo is better than George Best and Denis Law, who were two brilliant and great players in the history of United." Learn more here.

As posted Monday, May 31, 2010 by Andres Duque on Blabbeando:

"As soccer fans around the world get ready for the FIFA World Cup, which begins in South Africa on June 11th, the sports pages of newspapers worldwide are doing their usual job of ratcheting up expectation by profiling participating team rosters and team members.

"Portugal's Púbilico is no different than other papers and yesterday they featured an interview with Portuguese-born Cristiano Ronaldo, in which he made worldwide headlines by expressing discontent and frustration about his first six months as a player for Spain's Real Madrid.

"In the same interview, Ronaldo was also asked whether he followed developments in Portugal including the recent approval of a law that allows same-sex couples to get married.  His response: 'The Portuguese man that I am, I try to keep informed about what is happening in my country.  I know the law was passed and the comment it deserves is that we must respect the choices made by anyone, because, after all, all citizens should have the exact same rights and responsibilities.'

"This is a breath of fresh air coming from one of the top players in a sport not particularly known for its tolerance or respect towards gays."

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Freedom to Marry salutes Cristiano Ronaldo as a Voice for Equality!

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