Brazil legend Ronaldo, 46, is getting hitched for the third time after popping the question to his model girlfriend while on vacation in the Caribbean.
With a sweet “I love you” note, the former Real Madrid striker and gorgeous Celina Locks confirmed their engagement.
On her social media pages, the 32-year-old showed off her engagement ring and wrote: “Yes I do” in English before adding: “I love you forever @ronaldo.”
With four heart-shaped emoticons, the retired footballer who is now the President of LaLiga team Valladolid answered, “Love You.”
Milene Domingues, the ex-wife of Ronaldo, was among the first to offer her congratulations to the happy pair, who are vacationing in the Dominican Republic.
The the estranged lover of the ex-footballer wrote: “I’m happy for you. God bless and protect you always. Long live love.”
Before their four-year marriage ended in September 2003, Ronaldo and Milene gave birth to their son Ronald, who is currently a DJ and 22 years old.
In February 2005, he planned a wedding ceremony for model Daniella Cicarelli at a castle in France, but it turned out that they were not legally married because neither of them had finalized their divorces from their former relationships.
Three months after their extravagant wedding ceremony at a castle, the couple called it quits. Daniella later claimed that Ronaldo had cheated on her.
After their romance ended, the former football star married engineering student Maria Beatriz Antony. During their seven-year relationship, the pair had two kids, Maria Sofia, 14, and Maria Alice, 12.
For the past seven years, Ronaldo has been dating Brazilian Celina, a model and wealthy businesswoman. After learning he was Alexander’s father in December 2010 as a result of a liaison with waitress Michele Umezu, he admitted to having a vasectomy. Alexander is now 16 years old.
Ronaldo joked that he still had enough sperm to field a football team when he later revealed to the Financial Times that he had sperm preserved. Celina tricked everyone into thinking she was expecting her future husband’s fifth kid in March of last year.
She uploaded a selfie of herself holding her stomach in a pink dress, writing: “A new phase of my life is beginning and with it a great responsibility.”
She then explained that her new “baby” was actually a scent she was introducing as part of a line of cosmetics. The location and date of Ronaldo and Celina’s wedding are yet unknown.
Ronaldo De Lima
Born on September 18, 1976, Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima is a Brazilian businessman, owner of the Brasileiro Série A club Cruzeiro, president of La Liga team Real Valladolid, and former striker for the national team of Brazil.
He is referred to as O Fenômeno (the “Phenomenon”) and R9, and is regarded as one of the finest players in history.
Ronaldo has influenced a generation of strikers who have come after him as a multi-functional striker who added a new dimension to the position.
Three times he was voted FIFA World Player of the Year, and he also took home two Ballon d’Or awards.
On the set of the Brazilian serial Malhaço in 1997, Ronaldo and Susana Werner, a model and actress, co-starred in three episodes.
They started a long-term relationship and shared a home in Milan until the beginning of 1999 even though they were not married.
Ronaldo wed Brazilian footballer Milene Domingues in December 1999; she gave birth to the couple’s first child, Ronald, who was born on April 6, 2000, in Milan. The marriage didn’t last for more than four years before it crashed.
After a lavish wedding at the Château de Chantilly in 2005, Ronaldo was engaged to Brazilian model and MTV VJ Daniela Cicarelli, who later had a miscarriage. The engagement lasted only three months.
According to reports, the ceremony cost £700,000 (€896,000).
According to a 2003 Nike poll, Ronaldo was the third most recognized person overall and the most renowned sportsperson in the world. Yet, the Brazilian football icon remains protective of his privacy, even among colleagues, saying in an interview with The Telegraph, “each has his own private life, and no one thinks about anyone else’s private life or talks about it.”
He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian well enough to get by and he also understands English.
Ronaldo suddenly disclosed in a 2005 interview with Folha de S.Paulo that he identified as white, sparking a wider discussion on the nuanced role that race plays in Brazil.
Nelio Nazario, the father of Ronaldo, said: “He knows full well that he’s black. Actually, at the time, I thought it was some philosophy, something to that effect. Because he knows he’s black.”
The majority of Brazilians frequently hold misconceptions about their ancestry, a study led by geneticist Sérgio Pena of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics read;
“The maternal ancestry of the Brazilian white was one-third African, one third Amerindian, and one third European. An individual who considers himself white may be genomically more African than an individual who considers himself to be brown or black.”
Ronaldo became embroiled in a scandal involving three travesti prostitutes in April 2008 after meeting them in a Rio de Janeiro nightclub.
When he learned that they were legally male, Ronaldo allegedly made them an offer to depart for $600.
While the other two admitted to lying about having sex with Ronaldo, one of the three made an attempt to blackmail him.
The engagement between Maria Beatriz Antony and Ronaldo was abruptly broken off but quickly picked up again. On December 24, 2008, Maria Beatriz Antony gave birth to Maria Sophia, the couple’s first child.
The family relocated to a brand-new penthouse in So Paulo in April 2009.
Maria Beatriz Antony gave birth to their second daughter on April 6, 2010.
The child, named Maria Alice, was born in So Paulo exactly ten years after her elder brother Ronald.