I think we may know why Portugese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo had such a good game on Sunday in Portugal’s 2-1 win over the Netherlands.
According to Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports, Ronaldo’s girlfriend, Russian supermodel Irina Shayk was spotted by the paparazzi shopping in New York, and not in the stands at Euro 2012.
Ronaldo was obviously able to focus on soccer and performed admirably. I am wondering if Spain is having a no sex policy like Italy has been famous for in international events.
Ronaldo told the European press he didn’t expect Shayk to join him a week ago. Ronaldo struggled in the first two games of the tournament on capitalizing on his chances, but scored two key goals in Portugal’s win Sunday that helped them advance to the quarterfinals Thursday where they will play the Czech Republic.
Shayk, considered one of the sexist models in the world, has done significant work for Sports Illustrated in the past.
In other Euro 2012 news, England may get a break as it appears that Ukrainian captain Andriy Shevchenko may not play on Tuesday because of a sore knee. Shevchenko was Ukraine’s best player in their round robin win against Sweden.