Ronaldo apparently broke up with a beauty queen because he felt as though he was being “used.” The beauty queen is none other than former Miss Spain Desiree Cordero, 23. Portuguese tabloid Correrio Da Manha reported that the couple split on Halloween. The couple were first linked together in September 2016 in the Spanish tabloids.
Here’s what you need to know about the woman who apparently “used” one of the most famous soccer players in the world:
1. There Had Been Allegations that Cordero & Ronaldo’s Relationship Was One of ‘Convenience’
Spanish tabloid Sport speculated in October 2016 that the relationship between Ronaldo and Cordero was one of “convenience.” While Correrio Da Manha says that Ronaldo figured out that Cordero was only using him to “gain exposure.” The tabloid says that the pair had agreed to keep their relationship secret, so when the media began reporting on the union, Ronaldo was upset.
2. Cordero’s Ex-Boyfriend Took Aim at Ronaldo on Instagram Back in September
In September 2016, when news of Cordero and Ronaldo’s relationship first emerged, her ex-boyfriend Vincenzo Renella appeared to take aim at CR7. Renella, a former striker with Real Betis but who now plays for Miami F.C., posted a photo of himself doing Ronaldo’s famed topless celebration. It was accompanied with the caption, “I’m in Miami, bitch.”
Coincidentally, prior to Renella’s move to Miami, Cordero was reported by El Mundo in Spain to be considering relocating to Florida to further her modeling career.
Spanish tabloids reported that Cordero and Renella broke up in August 2016. Previously, Cordero had dated Alvaro Ruiz, the son of Spanish soccer legend Fernando Hierro. They had a messy breakup in the summer of 2015 that was played out in the Iberian tabloids.
3. Cordero Finished in 6th in 2014 Miss Universe Competition
In October 2014, Cordero was named as Miss Spain. She then entered the 2014 Miss Universe competition as one of the heavy favorites among the 87 competitors. Cordero ended up in sixth position. The event was won that year by Donald Trump rival Paulina Vega.
4. Not Just a Pretty Face, Cordero Has a Degree in Oceanology
According to her official Miss Universe profile, Cordero began modeling when she was 15 and traveled across the world for her career. It says that she has lived in Turkey, England, France and Italy, due to her career. The real love of her life is her dog, Hera. The profile also says that Cordero is a “is a cheerful, optimistic young woman, who fights for her dreams. People also describe her as humble and caring. She loves traveling and experiencing other cultures.”
That bio adds that she has a bachelor of arts in Oceanology and hopes to continue to study the subject.
5. To Help Get Over the Break-Up, Ronaldo Has Just Been Named the Richest Soccer Player in the World
If Ronaldo needs a pick-me-up in the aftermath of the break-up, he has been named as the richest soccer player in the world, earning nearly $24 million per year. He’s tied with his eternal rival, Leo Messi, for first place however, according to the Daily Mail. That’s not to even mention the fact that reports say Sir Alex Ferguson has said Ronaldo is “unbeatable” as he seeks to achieve his forth Ballon d’Or award.