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23 Jun, 2010 12:14

Cristiano Ronaldo gets engaged to Russian lingerie model

Cristiano Ronaldo gets engaged to Russian lingerie model

Portuguese star football player Cristiano Ronaldo has proposed to his beloved Russian-born model Irina Sheik. Sheik has already received her parents’ blessing.

Sheik revealed the information about the engagement in an interview to Portuguese tabloid Lux that was published with a photograph of the smiling couple on the cover with the caption “I’m a bride!”

Observers of the Portuguese newspaper Correio de Manha have learned that Ronaldo struggled for the heart of the Tatar green-eyed brunette. Twenty-four-year-old Irina Sheik, known for her career as a lingerie model with Victoria's Secret and Intimissimi, was chased by the Portuguese half-back of Spanish Real Madrid for over four months. The girl persistently refused to give out her cell phone number, but eventually succumbed to his charms.

“He had to beat around the bush for a long time, which is generally a rarity for him”, says the footballer’s ex, 27-year-old model Rute Penedo. “If there was no struggle, Ronaldo would not be as enthusiastic about this girl.”

In the past, Cristiano Ronaldo has had relationships with Americans Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, and Spain’s Nereida Gallardo.

At the moment the groom is occupied with the World Cup in South Africa where he recently scored a goal in the match against North Korea.

The relationship was made public in May this year when the couple was noticed together on vacation in Corsica.

Irina Sheik (Irina Shaikhlislamova) was born in the city of Yemanzhelinsk in the Chelyabinsk region. In 2005 she moved to Paris. She has worked with Armani, Guess, Lacoste, La Perla. Before her acquaintance to Ronaldo she was in a relationship with Linkin Park rock band drummer Rob Bourdon.