If Cristiano Ronaldo, Miguel Paixao, and Ricardo Regufe are the ‘Three Musketeers,’ then Jose Semedo is definitely D’Artagnan.
Yes, that’s the actual name of the man described by Cristiano as the “Black Chocolate” in his Instagram post. He may be the fourth musketeer behind Paixao and Regufe but he is, arguably, the one friend who knows the Real Madrid star very well among the trio.
Who is Jose Semedo to Cristiano Ronaldo?
Jose Vítor Moreira Semedo was born on January 11, 1985, in Setubal, Portugal. At a tender age of 12, the current Sheffield Wednesday captain was shipped off to the famed Sporting academy to be taught the art of football. It was that pursuance which ensured his encounter with another boy who will grow up to dominate world football.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Semedo became close pals from the off-set as they were the youngest pair of players in Sporting’s youth system between 1997 and 1998, and were more often than not bullied by the bigger boys. As a result, it is not the least surprising that Jose Semedo refers to the Real Madrid superstar as ‘brother’ considering their friendship stretches back to 20 years ago.
The pair were unable to play together for the Sporting C.P. first team as Semedo was promoted only a year after Ronaldo had left the Lisbon side for Manchester United. Nevertheless, they always stayed in touch and it has been so till date. This is according to an exclusive interview granted to the Daily Mail by the 32-year-old Setubal native, in which he pronounced that the families of Ronaldo and himself always set a week aside every summer to spend time together on vacation.
In the same editorial, Semedo revealed a funny episode that unfolded when he told his Sheffield teammates that he knew Cristiano Ronaldo personally. The midfielder, although he may not be a household name like his celebrity friend, has done quite well for himself since his switch to England. Semedo was initially loaned out by Sporting C.P. to clubs such as Casa Pia, Cagliari and Feirense between 2004 and 2007, before joining Charlton Athletic as a free agent up until 2011.
He then moved to Sheffield Wednesday after the 2010/2011 season on a free transfer, again, and has been there since. Jose Semedo won Charlton Athletics’ Player of the Year award in his last season and was able to retain the honor following his move to Sheffield in the subsequent season. The current skipper of the side was also voted as the League One PFA Fans’ Player of The Year in the 2011–12 season.
Regarding his international career, Jose Semedo has played for almost all of the Portuguese nation’s youth sides. However, he is yet to debut for the senior national team.
Dossier: Is Cristiano Ronaldo gay with Jose Semedo?
It will be quite naive to think this has not crossed the minds of many fans and haters alike, considering the rumors flying around with regards to Ronaldo’s sexual orientation. Well, per official reports, Cristiano Ronaldo has a girlfriend and she goes by the name Georgina Rodriguez in case you are not aware.
If an excerpt from the interview granted to Daily Mail by Jose Semedo is anything to go by, the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder also has a family of his own. As such, a relationship between the two is extremely unlikely. The fact of the matter is that Ronaldo has a very close circle of friends and that’s all there is to know. Therefore, let’s all do well to color inside the lines. No strings attached, whatsoever.