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Cristiano Ronaldo Marrying Model Irina Shayk

Jul 21, 2010 – 2:47 PM
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Anthony Olivieri

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Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo is getting married -- at least, according to the Facebook status of his girlfriend and now soon-to-be wife, Irina Shayk.

Shayk, a Russian model who has appeared in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, let the world know on the social-networking site -- where else? -- on which she professed her love for the soccer star.

"I am committed Christian and the wedding will take place before Christmas," she wrote, according to Deadspin. "I love my boyfriend , I love my life and I love Portugal."

And why not?

The 24-year-old Shayk will tie the knot with the most expensive player in soccer history. That's a distinction Ronaldo earned last summer after being transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid for approximately $132 million.

Ronaldo, 25, also is the captain of Portugal's national team and an international icon. It has been a busy few months in his personal life. The announcement of his upcoming wedding comes just weeks after he became a father, which he announced on his Twitter feed on July 3:

"It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy. As agreed with the baby's mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential, my son will be under my exclusive guardianship. No further information will be provided on this subject and I request everyone to fully respect my right to privacy (and that of the child) at least on issues as personal as these are."

While Ronaldo has not revealed the identity of his son's mother -- granted, per the woman's request -- it's likely that will have no problem flaunting his marriage to the beautiful Shayk.
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