The dream pair has finally split. Portugal and Real Madrid superstar footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and his longtime glamourous girlfriend Russian supermodel Irina Shayk have split up after five years. Irina Shayk’s representative confirmed the split of the high profile pair in a statement issued to a US weekly. The statement read: “We can confirm Irina Shayk has ended her relationship to Cristiano Ronaldo of five years. She has been close with his family throughout the course of their relationship. Any negative rumours with regards to Irina and the Ronaldo family are completely false, and have not been a factor in the cause of the split. Irina has no further comment at the time.”
The speculation regarding the most followed couple’s split were rife after Ronaldo recently spent the New Year’s Eve alone with his son. Reportedly, Shayk decided not to attend his mother’s 60th birthday party in Spain. Rumors grew strong as the supermodel was not seen by his side when he won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for the third time. And Ronaldo also failed to mention her during his acceptance speech.
The Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo’s affair with Irina Shayk made headlines and gave ample space for writers to write about them in gossip columns. The duo were a smash hit pair. Ronaldo had previously dated English models Alice Goodwin and Gemma Atkinson. In 2010, he began dating Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, who he had met through their Armani Exchange campaigns. The duo had done some steamy photo sessions in the cover for Vogue Spanish edition last year. They were the most followed couple with Irina counted among the most popular WAGs in the sporting arena.