Cristiano Ronaldo is a mega-athlete in every sense of his work. On the pitch, he is considered one of the world's two best players, along with Lionel Messi. In his wallet, he is the highest-paid athlete in the world not named Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. On the Internet, his 158 million cumulative followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram blow away runners-up Messi and Neymar, who have roughly 93 million each.
Now, Ronaldo is adding movie star to his résumé. A feature film documentary on the Real Madrid star's life is set to hit theaters (or cinemas, as they say in Europe), on Nov. 9. Here's the trailer, released Monday:
Sure, it can be seen as premature for a 30-year-old to allow a documentary on his life to be created while he is still in his prime, but the trailer may win critics over. Ronaldo started from humble beginnings in Portugal before becoming one of the greatest soccer players of all-time.
According to the film's website, a camera crew follows Ronaldo for 14 months of his life:
For the first time ever, the world gets vividly candid and un-paralleled, behind-closed-doors access to the footballer, father, family-man and friend in this moving & fascinating documentary. Through in-depth conversations, state of the art football footage and never before seen archival footage, the film gives an astonishing insight into the sporting and personal life of triple Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo at the peak of his career.
The film team is the same that made "Senna" and "Amy," the stories of Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna, and singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Both of those films were created after the death of their subjects.
It appears Ronaldo wants to portray his life beyond soccer, as a father and community activist.
Of course, rival Messi makes a few cameos in the trailer.
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