With all due respect to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, when it comes to global visibility, the relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk may have been considered more high profile. The 29-year-old soccer icon was with the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model for five years, but news broke last week the couple was on the rocks. And out of the "that was quick" department, it appears the Real Madrid star already has a new lady in his life: Spanish TV reporter Lucia Villalon.
The 26-year-old host for Real Madrid TV posted the photo seen above last week on her Instagram account, touching off a firestorm of rumors about the possible new couple. The pair is seen posing with Ronaldo's third Ballon d'Or trophy, which is awarded to the best male footballer in the world. Who exactly is Villalon? The presenter holds degrees in law and journalism and has worked for a variety of media outlets in Spain. She had nearly 52,000 Instagram followers as of Tuesday evening, where she posts shots from her private and professional life. According to the UK's Daily Mirror, there was Twitter silence from both Ronaldo and Villalon Tuesday afternoon.
A Real Madrid TV spokesman said: “We speak about sport and not romances on this channel.”