It’s February 11, 2017 and Ricardo Regufe turns 38 today! It’s a good occasion to throw a bit of light on the identity of Ronaldo’s closest pal.
The month of February is really special, isn’t it? Just six days ago, Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 32nd birthday. Since the league match against Celta Vigo got canceled, the Real Madrid superstar used the occasion to fly out to Porto for celebrations with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and his two best friends, Miguel Paixão and Ricardo Regufe. This Saturday, it’s the latter’s turn to celebrate one more year on Planet Earth.
Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Miguel’s Instagram birthday post about Ricardo
Ronaldo and Regufe, affectionately nicknamed ‘Cricky’ by fans, form a fantastic squad as business partners. Bonded by trust built on almost 15 years of friendship, Ricky is the man behind the creation of the successful movie ‘Ronaldo – The Film‘.
If CR7 signed a lifetime deal with Nike last year worth $1.2 billion, it’s thanks to Ricardo in the first place. As a marketing manager for the global sportswear brand, the 38-year-old (then a junior PR) perceived the ex-Sporting Lisbon starlet’s charisma. Soon, Nike recruited the Madeira-born lad. Today, the number 7 superstar makes over $17M in endorsements every year.
The mega company then assisted Ricky to become part of Portugal’s National Team as a player’s manager. Gone are the days when Ricardo kicked footballs. He retired at the early age of 21 to answer his calling in sports marketing. It’s an immense task and many footballers who went broke after hanging up their boots would envy Cristiano for his partnership with Regufe, the captain of the CR7 brand’s mastermind business team.
As Ronaldo approaches the end of his playing career, his personal manager is getting busier and busier erecting CR7’s multi-million dollars business empire. As such, Ricky now spends most of his time in Madrid and has become part of the Aveiro family.
In spite of his massive influence on Ronaldo’s transformation from a teenage sensation to a multi-business icon, Regufe keeps a rather low profile by declining interviews in the press but he sure loves appearing in pictures on social media. On Facebook, his personal account can be found but he has already surpassed the limit of friend requests.
A preview of Ricky’s Facebook profile. The cover picture showcases him at the premier of the movie, ‘Ronaldo’:
On Instagram, he has a private account where he currently counts less than 700 followers. He is active on that platform, though, as his 581 posts suggest.
There are tons of bromance moments between these two men. The Matosinhos native was 25-years-old when Cristiano suffered his first major heartbreak as Greece stunned hosts Portugal in the Euro 2004 final and their friendship was only a year old.
Twelve good years after that cruel disappointment, Cristiano Ronaldo finally got his hands on the trophy. That was obviously a very emotional moment for both.
Happiness is when your best pal overcomes obstacles to achieve his dream:
Are Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Regufe in a gay relationship?
Rumor has it that the two guys are together as more than just business partners. Information available to the public, however, tells us that Ricardo Regufe is in a relationship with blogger and model Claudia Diniz.
Together, they are fond of the Portugal captain.