The man who just last week said—with no hint of irony—that “humility is vanity” isn’t going to let his Ballon d’Or chances rest solely on his stellar record on the field. No, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to show the world that he’s a regular, humble chap. Al Jazeera is going to help him. They plan to put a camera on Ronaldo round the clock in a bid to show just how normal the super rich, super handsome, world famous footballer actually is. What could possibly go wrong?
It’s counterintuitive that a documentary on Ronaldo could sway Ballon d’Or votes, which are supposed to be earned through playing exploits, but maybe Ronaldo and Al Jazeera are on to something here. We might see Ronaldo going to the grocery store to by baby food for his son, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jr. Maybe Ronaldo walks the streets of Madrid, helping stranded motorists change a tire or jumpstart an engine. Not himself, of course, but he’ll definitely call the service that will show up later and help those people.
Perhaps we could follow Ronaldo to the club—watching as kindly he lets people into traffic ahead of him while driving his $500,000 car—where he’ll share some of his $1000-a-bottle champagne with a lowly club goer wearing last year’s fashions.
You know, just a regular dude. That’ll show those Ballon d’Or voters.