Which footballer signed the first napkin contract? Who was Cristiano Ronaldo named after? Which cartoon was voiced by Manuel Neuer? BeautyHack features 10 stories about players from Brazil, Spain, Germany and other countries.
Fact # 1: Lionel Messi signed his first contract with Barcelona on a paper napkin
It was in 2000, and former player's agent Josep Maria Minghelia and former club coach Carles Rechak witnessed an important football event. 12 years later, the agent handed this contract over to the Barcelona Museum, and now anyone can see it.
Fact # 2: Cristiano Ronaldo was named after President Ronald Reagan
The most famous footballer in the world said this in an interview for the Spanish GQ. The player's full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. Ronaldo is a tribute to the 40th President of the United States. He held the post from 1981 to 1989, and Cristiano was born in 1985. Then the mom and dad of the future football player admired not only the Reagan presidency, but also his acting skills at the beginning of his career.
Fact number 3: Cristiano Ronaldo has repeatedly turned to plastic surgeons and regularly visits a beautician
Andrei Iskornev, a plastic surgeon of the International Medical Center Platinum, comments on the footballer's appearance: “Record holder in“tuning”! Rhinoplasty, contour plastic, and dental correction were performed very carefully. Also, Cristiano regularly does botulinum therapy and laser resurfacing. The result is obvious! " (read about other transformations of famous men here).
Fact # 4: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a black belt in taekwondo
On the field, Zlatan is famous for his track and field techniques - the result of regular taekwondo practice. The footballer received a black belt at the height of his career - in 2010. Moreover, it was presented by Mauro Sarmiento, an Italian taekwondo fighter, a participant in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2016, Ibrahimovic announced that he was leaving the Swedish national team, but he came to Russia at the 2018 World Cup to support the team and take part in promotional events.
Fact # 5: Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet speaks 5 languages and has a bachelor's degree
He graduated from Leuven Catholic University with a degree in Political Science and speaks French, German, Dutch, English and Spanish.
Fact # 6: the captain and goalkeeper of the German national team Manuel Neuer voiced the children's cartoon
In 2013, in his homeland, he was commissioned to voice the character of Frank McKay from the animated film "Monsters University", created by Pixar studio. Manuel himself has no children yet, but he created the Manuel Neuer Kids Foundation, a charity for children.
Fact # 7: Neymar became a father at 19
Now the footballer is 26, and his son Davi Lucca is 7 years old. Neymar does not communicate with the child's mother and brings him up on his own. The player meets the Brazilian actress and model Bruna Marchesini.
Fact # 8: Gerard Piquet founded a computer and mobile games company
Now the staff of Kerad Games has more than 20 programmers who have already released the Golden Manager mobile application. Also, playing in the Spanish national team, Gerard managed to complete an intensive course at the Harvard University Business School.
Fact # 9: Sergio Ramos has over 10 tattoos, and many of them are dedicated to his family
The captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team stamped the initials of his parents on the body, as well as the letters R and M - the first letters of the names of his brother Rene and sister Miriam. The number "4" is a reminder of which number Sergio is playing for Real. "19" is his first number in the Spanish national team. Now the footballer plays at number 4.
Fact # 10: Gabriel Jesus is one of the youngest players in the championship
This year he turned 21. The footballer has been playing professionally since 2015 and has already achieved incredible success. As part of the Brazilian national team, he won the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2017 he has been playing for Manchester City. Throughout his 3-year career, Gabriel has scored over 50 goals.