Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar make up two-thirds of the world’s best three footballers, and their names are frequent in the news nowadays for very different reasons.
While Ronaldo is currently in a bit of hot water as a result of tax fraud allegations, Neymar has recently completed a sensational switch from Barcelona to French side Paris Saint-Germain. PSG parted with the whopping sum of £198 million to buy the Brazilian out of his contract, in the hopes of finally getting over their Champions League hump.
The Real Madrid star, meanwhile, is having one of the best periods of his life, bar the tax scandal. After winning Euro 16 with Portugal, Ronaldo has since gone on to lift the La Liga trophy and the Champions League trophy with Los Blancos.
Both of these forwards have been known to have a way with the ladies, and they've each had what many would consider to be way more than their fair share of company from the opposite sex. Neymar is currently single, having just gotten out of his latest relationship, but Ronaldo looks like he could finally be ready to settle down.
That said, let’s delve in and take a look at some of the hottest women the two stars have dated.
20 Ronaldo - Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk spent five years with Ronaldo, having begun a relationship with the player in 2010. A model and actress, Irina left a huge impression on the 32-year-old that year and ultimately won her way to his heart.
The Russian is the first woman from her country to make the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, doing so in 2011.
During the above-mentioned five-year period, Shayk grew quite close with Ronaldo’s son, but that wasn’t enough to keep the pair together, and they split up two years ago. She moved on with fellow actor Bradley Cooper months after the breakup. And in March of this year, they witnessed the birth of their first child.
Ronaldo has been in a few other relationships since then. We’re about getting into that of course.
19 Neymar - Laryssa Oliveira
PSG’s newest acquisition began seeing Laryssa Oliveira in 2013, but things blew out of proportion and the pair split soon after. In fact, they didn’t even spend a full month together.
Even after the breakup, Neymar couldn’t find peace in his decision, with Laryssa revealing touchy details regarding the Brazilian and his apparent cheating on girlfriend Bruna Marquezine.
Laryssa claimed that she didn’t want to put anything concerning Neymar out there, but felt compelled to do so after receiving loads of hate from the player, his friends and his supporters.
Neymar is said to have filed a suits against Laryssa, accusing her of slander and character defamation. However, the beauty is of the opinion that he has bigger things to worry about – like playing football.
18 Ronaldo - Georgina Rodriguez
Ronaldo is currently dating Georgina Rodriguez. The model, who studied dance before switching things up, began seeing the Portuguese some time last year, but it’s not clear exactly how long they’ve been an item.
Before hooking up with Ronaldo, she worked at a Gucci store in Madrid and it is understood that she caught the player’s attention at a Dolce & Gabbana event. It is believed that they began dating secretly for some time before letting the world in on the good news by going on a series of dates.
Ronaldo has since confirmed that his girlfriend is pregnant with his child. Speaking to Spanish publication El Mundo, the Real attacker replied: “Yes, very much,” when asked if he was excited to have another child on the way.
17 Neymar – Chloe Grace Moretz
The American model and actress has featured in TV shows such as Desperate Housewives, Dirty Sexy Money and 30 Rock. So she didn’t really need to hook up with Neymar to earn popularity.
She also never tried to hide her admiration for the star attacker. And during the last World Cup Final, she sent out several tweets with him as the main feature, referring to him as a ‘Cutie’ in one of them.
It isn’t known if they actually got down to any sort of business, however, they have been spotted together on a few occasions. Last year, Chloe appeared in a Snapchat video in which she could be seen getting intimately close to the Brazilian.
The actress has also been linked to David Beckham’s son Brooklyn Beckham. She seems to have a thing for people with ties to the beautiful game; and who could blame her?
16 Ronaldo - Desire Cordero
The Ballon d’Or holder is reported as having started a relationship with former Miss Spain Desire Cordero in September of last year, but by November, they would be estranged. The pair were said to have met each other on Instagram and they began dating shortly after.
Ronaldo cut things off in short order, though, as he believed that Cordero was only using him for popularity purposes. She denies it of course, but she can’t claim not to have witnessed a spike in her Instagram follows after hooking up with the former Manchester United man.
Cordero had even moved in with Ronaldo, according to reports in Spain, only to see things cut short as quickly as they had developed. Whether or not she was using the player is something left for debate, but she’s definitely more famous now.
15 Neymar – Daniela Carvalho
Daniela Carvalho kicked things off with the Brazilian magician about six years ago after meeting at an event, according to someone close to both of them. They were said to be immensely fond of each other and were always chatting via phone; Neymar would visit her in Rio every opportunity he got.
Neither of them wanted to be in a serious relationship, though, due to Neymar having just become a father. The now 31-year-old Daniela, who has been acting from an early age, wanted to focus on her career and also didn’t want to be branded ‘Neymar’s girlfriend’.
Since ending things with the player, she has kept mum on the details of their relationship, which works out well in her favor as he’s known to sue.
14 Ronaldo - Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is famous for a lot of things – and a certain sex tape is one of them. Ronaldo didn’t seem to mind, however, and reportedly hooked up with the American model and businesswoman whilst still playing for the Red Devils in 2008.
Ronaldo and Hilton were spotted in public on a particular occasion that ended with the pair spending the night at the model’s sister’s house.
But much like the way his relationship with Cordero was cut short, Ronaldo requested a split because he felt that the now 35-year-old was too keen for the spotlight.
That’s just one side of the story, however. Other reports claim that it was Hilton who sought an end to the relationship because Ronaldo wasn’t manly enough for her.
13 Neymar – Anitta
Neymar is believed to have had a hook up of sorts with pop star Anitta, and that’s based off of the events I’ll get into shortly. Named Larissa de Macedo Machado (he seems to love every version of those), the artiste simply goes by the aforementioned stage name.
Anitta apparently hit it off with Neymar at one of his parties, although it could have been before. The former Barca man rented a mansion for $6,000 in the West zone of Rio and banned all cameras in case any fights broke out. Surrrreee….
According to a certain source, Anitta got there around 11:00pm through a back entrance and immediately headed to a reserved room which she left one hour and 30 minutes later. Neymar was said to be missing around that time frame as well.
12 Ronaldo - Kim Kardashian
That’s right; Kim Kardashian’s on here as well. After things soured between Ronaldo and Paris Hilton, the goal getter reportedly wooed the Kardashian beauty during her three-day trip to Spain. By then, he was a Madrid player, and played tour guide with the American Reality TV star, culminating in a romantic dinner laden with kisses.
“She and Ronaldo were kissing and very affectionate,” a certain source told the English press, claiming to have witnessed the stars’ canoodling firsthand. “They looked to be getting on really well, laughing the whole time.”
Kim K had split from Reggie Bush earlier that year, and had told close friends that she was aiming to stay single for a while because she didn’t want to develop the habit of hopping from man to man.
I wonder how that’s working out…
11 Neymar - Carolina Nogueira Dantas
Carolina Nogueira Dantas is the mother of Neymar’s son, David Lucca da Silva Santos, whom she gave birth to in 2011, before the player’s transfer to Barcelona.
They have since moved on, but are still close because of David, whom Neymar is apparently quite fond of. “I cried when I learned that I would be his father,” he said of the emotions he experienced when he learned that he was going to have his first child. “At first, I felt fear. Then joy. It is a new responsibility and I am now enjoying it.”
Carolina, though, is thought to be Neymar’s first serious girlfriend. They began dating in 2010, while he was still a rising star in Brazil. He’s now the world’s most expensive player – wonder if she ever envisioned such.
10 Ronaldo - Nereida Gallardo
Nereida Gallardo and Ronaldo hooked up sometime in 2008 and spent around nine months together before he dumped her Antonio Conte style (via a text message). You’d think he would be appreciative after she stuck by him through a swathe of rumors claiming he had slept with several girls while on holiday in the States.
Nereida was a student at the time, and had met Ronaldo at a nightclub in Spain and immediately hit it off with the star, tattooing his initials on her wrist and eventually spending weekends at his house.
After the breakup, though, she branded him a loser in bed, also claiming that his favourite pair of underwear didn’t quite fit him.
She said: "He puts his willy where the elephant's face is. But he doesn't fill its trunk. During our time together he got turned on more by looking at himself in the mirror than at me."
9 Neymar – Thaila Ayala
The Brazilian model and actress met Neymar at a party in Ibiza in 2015, Spain last year, and things got quite heated as the night went on. The pair were reportedly kissing non-stop, protected by bodyguards of course, but Thaila denied it afterwards, insisting that she just had a good time with the player and nothing out of the way happened.
They were seen in various other locations following the party, so it’s highly likely that there was something afoot.
Thaila used to be married to Brazilian actor Paulo Vilhena, tying the knot in 2011 and getting a divorce two years later. Neymar must have been quite the rebound, but rumours have since cooled and it’s safe to assume that they aren’t as close anymore.
8 Ronaldo - Gemma Atkinson
British actress Gemma Atkinson didn’t have glowing reviews to give about the Portuguese player either. She began dating him in 2007, but it was really an on and off kinda thing, and it doesn’t seem like that’s the part she minded.
She claimed to have been offered lots of money by the tabloids to disclose information on their relationship after it ended, but she always refused.
She did reveal that he bored her to death, though, explaining Ronaldo’s idea of romance at the time.
“It was really, really glamorous,” she said about their first date, with just a hint of sarcasm.
“We just went to my house and drank cups of tea and watched Only Fools and Horses. Genuinely.”
“When we did split up I got offered so much money to speak about him and I didn’t want that,” she added.
7 Neymar – Carol Belli
Carol Belli envisaged a serious relationship with Neymar, having gotten cozy with him around five years ago. However, the forward chose to be with Bruna Marquezine, much to her disappointment.
She still stuck around after he began seeing Bruna, and was even invited to one of his parties. Yet she might as well have stayed home, as Bruna made sure that she didn’t get a sniff of her man. She wasn’t even allowed to speak to his friends.
Carol used to be a stage girl on Brazilian comedy show Panica na TV. She told her friends that she had serious plans for Neymar and did all what was required of her, but was amazed to see Bruna popping up out of the blue to snatch him from her grasp.
6 Ronaldo - Andressa Urach
Andressa Urach, known to many by her racier moniker ‘Miss Bum Bum’, claims to have had a wild night with Ronaldo in a hotel room two nights before he was to take part in a key Champions League semi. Ronaldo denied her claims, and he may be telling the truth as she said he was amazing in bed, while some of his ex-girlfriends swear he isn’t.
“I have always thought Cristiano is one of the most gorgeous men in the world, so I couldn't believe it when he got in touch with me,” she told a British paper before the game.
“It was incredible, his body's perfect, like a Greek God. He went on for hours and would not stop talking about my butt.
Ronaldo, who was still seeing Irina back then, said this: “I just want to clarify I was in fact at the Hotel Villa Magna on April 22 giving an interview to Manu Sainz, something the reporter himself is able to corroborate. Everything else is pure fiction and forgery.”
Well, who knows?
5 Neymar – Bruna Marquezine
Bruna, as mentioned before, was the one who eventually got to settle down with Neymar after poaching him from under Carol Belli’s nose – or belly. She is also a Brazilian actress and has featured on several TV shows.
They broke up a few times as a result of the 25-year-old’s reported philandering, yet always managed to work things out. But things may be at their very end now, as the player recently confirmed that they are through.
"It was a decision of both parties,” he said in June. “Bruna is a girl I admire a lot and I hope she is happy, not only professionally but in her personal life. Life goes on, because this is a part of it.
"We end as good friends."
4 Ronaldo - Rita Pereira
There is no confirmation of Ronaldo ever hooking up with Rita Pereira, but she is believed to be one of the many women he cheated on Irina with, ultimately leading to their split. The Portuguese model and actress got close to Ronaldo while she was a TV host in 2012.
They are said to have met for the first time in the forward’s establishment after a match between Portugal and Panama, and spent several hours chatting while a bodyguard was posted outside.
Rita, who has also done a shoot for Playboy Magazine, has been working in the television industry for a very long time, having modelled in the past. She is now one of the main stars in Portuguese TV show A Única Mulher (The only Woman).
3 Neymar – Carol Abranches
Carol, Carol, Carolina, Laryssa, Larissa… I’m beginning to see a trend here. Anyhoo, Carol Abranches –also Brazilian – is a model and dancer who had a fling with Neymar in 2011. She was seen on a yacht with the star that year, but later claimed in an interview that nothing happened on that day, although they were intimate on a few occasions.
The model also claims to have hooked up with a few more famous men over the years, and she described Neymar as the most caring. However, she declined to comment when asked who was the best lover of them all.
Maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t. But unlike Ronaldo, there have never been any publicized complaints about the Brazilian’s performances off the pitch.
2 Ronaldo - Luana Belletti
That last name sounds familiar, right? That’s probably because it is.
So Ronaldo used to date Juliano Belletti’s sister, apparently. And that must have stung the Brazilian, who played for both Barcelona and Chelsea, rivals of Real Madrid and United (conflicting reports claim he in fact hooked them up, though).
Luana lived in London for several years before snuggling up to Ronaldo in 2009, and the pair are even believed to have been engaged. But it obviously didn’t work out and both ended up moving on.
After that crushing Champions League final defeat to Barcelona while still at United, Ronaldo took off to Italy for the holidays, and that’s when pics of himself and Luana began doing the rounds. What better way to get over disappointment?
1 Neymar – Nicole Bahls
Nicole Bahls also appeared in Panica na TV, and is referred to as a ‘Panicat’ as a result. The TV presenter admitted to being with Neymar on En Nunca, or ‘I Never’, a TV show on which guests are asked very personal questions and have to swallow a very strange mix if they aren’t forthcoming with a reply.
Nicole also claimed to have dated the Brazilian Ronaldo whilst speaking on the show (the boy is aiming to crush his predecessor in every department).
She revealed that they had begun seeing each other in 2011, something Neymar quite vehemently denies, as he’s known to do.
Also asked about certain nude photos that had made it to the internet, Bahls suggested that a Google search might better answer that particular question.