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Ronaldo ‘afraid of nothing,’ will not discuss FIFA

AP, LONDON

“I wanted a different father,” Ronaldo said in a rare revealing moment in the film that is not about self-promotion.

His father figure now is agent Jorge Mendes, whose fortune has been built by representing players like Ronaldo — including his then-world-record £80 million (then-US$120 million) switch from United to Real in 2009. Much of the film morphs into a homage to Mendes, the super-agent in the sharp black suit, black tie and shades.

“If I did not know you, I would ask for your autograph,” Mendes said to Ronaldo at a celebratory dinner. “I live obsessed with him every day.”

However, Ronaldo’s biggest fan seems to be himself.

“If we had two or three Cristiano Ronaldos in the [Portugal] team, I would be more comfortable, but we do not have,” Ronaldo said, reflecting on Portugal’s group-stage failure at last year’s FIFA World Cup.

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