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Cristiano Ronaldo Could be the New Tom Cruise

Italian director Michele Placio, a big fan of Juventus, recently told Tuttosport newspaper that he sees Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘pop star’ and has asked the footballer to be part of his next film about the painter Caravaggio.

While in Dubai, Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that his dream is to become a Hollywood star when he leaves football. He also quipped that he was to perfect his English and learn how to act.

When asked, ‘If you close your eyes and think of Cristiano Ronaldo, which actor comes to mind?’ Michele Placio immediately answered with ’Tom Cruise in ‘Mission Impossible’ or ‘Top Gun’. I imagine Cristiano Ronaldo as the protagonist of an action movie. Maybe when the stadium lights go out, the lights in Hollywood will come on. I realise his dream; we are talking about a champion, a champion used to the applause of the public. It would not be the first time a sportsman has become an actor. ‘Tarzan’ actor Johnny Weissmuller was one of the strongest swimmers in history.’

Samantha Gannon

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