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Cristiano Ronaldo gets a lesson in how to throw an American football from the New York Jets, but has trouble with the helmet

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Cristiano Ronaldo learns how to play American football with the Jets

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The New York Jets and the Portuguese National Team swap sports for the day.

Cristiano Ronaldo defied his Ghanaian priest tormentor and returned to training on Monday as Portugal worked out at the New York Jets' facility ahead of their friendly against Ireland. And just to prove how ready he is for the World Cup, Ronaldo played two different kinds of football.

Jets wide receiver David Nelson taught him how to throw an American football (as seen 30 seconds into the video below) and Ronaldo's technique was...interesting. The Portuguese players also tested their vertical leaps by tying a ball to crossbar of the goalposts and seeing who could head it. Ronaldo couldn't quite get it at his first attempt, but Pepe, who is also recovering from injury, did. Ever the competitor Cristiano then gave it another go and fully connected.

Cristiano also tried punting and placekicking the American ball (photo here) before meeting Jets president Woody Johnson, who gave the two-time Ballon d'Or winner a helmet...which didn't quite fit. I'll leave you to come up with your own ego/hair gel joke — like a "choose your own adventure" type thing. But more predictable.

Previously: Juventus' Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci try out for Stanford's football team

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