The lavish nature of Cristiano Ronaldo has romanticized Georgina Rodriguez

Like superstar David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo stands for sport and culture. In 2020, he became the first soccer player to earn $1 billion, cementing his place in sports history. Best known for his stint as a player for teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid, the Portuguese goalscorer has won multiple titles in Europe’s top leagues and has been awarded the Ballon d’Or (the most prestigious individual award in the football world) in five different occasions.

Of course, Ronaldo’s love life has attracted almost as much interest as his football career. According to The Sun, he was once something of a playboy and dated the likes of Irina Shayk, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. However, as of 2016, he is strictly a one-woman male. It was then that Ronaldo first met Georgina Rodriguez, with whom he shares two children: daughters Alana Martina and Bella Esmeralda. Driven by interest in Ronaldo’s longtime partner, Netflix launched the reality show “I Am Georgina,” which examines Rodriguez’s glamorous daily life, paying close attention to how her life changed when she met Ronaldo, according to The Independent. Netflix calls her a “mum, influencer and businesswoman” and lifts the curtain on her life. In the documentary, Rodriguez shares previously little-known anecdotes about her life, such as how Ronaldo first met and fell in love with her.

Cristiano Ronaldo picked up Georgina Rodriguez in flashy sports cars

In “I Am Georgina” Georgina Rodriguez describes the beginning of her unusual relationship with megastar Cristiano Ronaldo. She was then working as a Gucci store assistant when her boss asked her to stay on for a high-profile client, according to Soccer Stories. Although Ronaldo wasn’t looking for love, he immediately singled out Rodriguez as a “very interesting girl” – and in doing so, changed her whole world overnight. She shared on I’m Georgina (via People), “[Ronaldo] would come [to pick me up after work] … I remember once, in a Bugatti. My colleagues have gone mad. They got there by bus and I would leave in a Bugatti. People couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Glitz and glamor aside, Ronaldo and Rodriguez were instantly attracted to each other. “It was funny because I was waiting for them outside the store in these flashy cars that I have,” Ronaldo shared on the show. “We would go home and there we would go into our own world.”

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Of course, Ronaldo also ensnared Rodriguez with his good looks and charm. “The day I met Cristiano…I stopped and started feeling…butterflies in my stomach,” Rodriguez revealed on I Am Georgina (via Football Stories). The football star felt the same way. “It stuck in my head and it was a ‘click’ moment,” he said, reflecting on his first meeting with Rodriguez. “I did not expect …[that] you [would become] the woman of my life,” he added (via People).

Cristiano Ronaldo changed the life of Georgina Rodriguez

Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez share an epic love story, but did the Manchester United player’s wealth and fame play a part in winning over the Argentine-born model? According to The Sun, Rodriguez grew up in a small town in northern Spain, although her ambition drove her to pursue new opportunities. As a child, her parents could not afford to send her to ballet school. So Rodriguez did whatever it took to support herself, including becoming an au pair in England to learn English and eventually getting a job in luxury retail. In I Am Georgina (via the Daily Mail), she said, “Thanks to love, my life is a dream now. Nothing in life has become easy. I know what it means to have nothing and to have everything.”

As a result of launching her modeling career, Rodriguez’s relationship with Ronaldo has increased her net worth to $10 million per Celebrity Net Worth. She’s appeared on the covers of high fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar Spain, VIP and Diva E Donna and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The model’s 39 million Instagram followers (and counting) continue to help land her new, lucrative sponsorships and brand partnerships.

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Today, Rodriguez’s elevated status in life has only cemented her empathy for those less fortunate. “Because of my humble origins, I have a lot of empathy for people,” she told InStyle Magazine (via Lecturas). “The universe has rewarded me with the greatest thing: a beautiful family.”