The start of their love affair was like something out a rom-com: shop assistant from humble beginnings meets a wealthy footballer who sweeps her off her feet.
But that’s reportedly how reality TV star and model Georgina Rodríguez, 28, became the the long-term partner and world-famous football star Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, who will captain Portugal tomorrow in what’s billed as his ‘last World Cup’.
The pair, who have been together since 2016, are parents to a seven-month-old daughter Bella, five-year-old Alana Martina and are also raising Cristiano’s near-five-year-old twins Eva and Mateo born to a surrogate mother and the football pro’s 11-year-old son Cristiano Jr.
They have been living together in a sprawling £6million mansion in Chesire, although it’s likely they will retreat to Spain after Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United yesterday by ‘mutual consent’.
She may now have her pick of luxury homes, however Georgina revealed she comes from humble roots in her Netflix series I am Georgina.
She started her career as a waitress in her Spanish hometown and then moving to Bristol to become an au pair. She studied English in London as a teen and is a talented dancer.
A shared love of Gucci brought them together one fateful day in the Spanish capital: It was ‘love at first sight’ as the pair met in 2016 in the lavish Madrid Gucci store where Georgina worked and Ronaldo was browsing the shelves
The 28-year-old model has been on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and currently models for brand Wycon Cosmetics
The couple are parents to a seven-month-old daughter Bella, five-year-old Alana Martina and are also raising Cristiano’s near-five-year-old twins Eva and Mateo born to a surrogate mother and the football pro’s 11-year-old son Cristiano Jr
The WAG then did a stint in the Gucci store in Madrid where she got her first taste of high fashion and in June 2016 fell in ‘love at first sight’ with the Portuguese football pro Cristiano when he came into the store.
Georgina started to date the 37-year-old centre forward, and after being papped out and about together the pair soon became official.
The WAG swapped her sales assistant lifestyle for glamour and jetted off to Turin in Italy after Cristiano signed for Juventus.
In the series, the WAG said ‘I wish’ when talking about a proposal from Cristiano.
Filmed eating with friends on a private plane, the model was asked whether she will be saying ‘I do’ anytime soon.
She replied: ‘It doesn’t depend on me, I wish….’ she also said ‘ojala’ a Spanish expression derived from Arabic phrase ‘Inshallah’ which means ‘If the Lord wills it.’
The pair are said to be practicing Catholics and often pray at their personal chapel.
It emerged in September that Georgina will tell fans in the second series of her hit Netflix show about her rags-to-riches life and how her loving family brought her back from the brink of despair after the death of one of her twins.
The doting parents hit headlines earlier this year after they faced tragedy together.
The Portugal captain and his partner revealed that their newborn son,Angél, Bella’s twin, had died during birth on April 18.
The football star told TalkTV ‘Me and Gio (Georgina) had difficult moments. It was very, very difficult to understand what was going on in that period of time.
‘The football don’t stop, we had many competitions. It was probably the most difficult moment in my life.’
Loved up: The pair have been together six years are not married, but Georgina has gushed in interviews saying she would ‘love to be married to Ronaldo’
11-year-old Cristiano Jr. (pictured left) hugs his baby sister Eva while Georgina cradles Mateo on her lap, Cristiano (pictured right) holds his two daughters baby Bella and Alana Martina
The Ronaldo-Roudrigez family took a private jet to their holiday home in Mallorca for a break in the sun in June of this year
Ronaldo added that he keeps Angél’s ashes close to those of his father’s, who passed away of liver failure in 2005, at a chapel in his home.
Announcing his and Georgina’s heartbreaking loss in April, Cristiano penned: ‘It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel.
‘Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support.
Devastated: A statement from the couple confirmed the death of their baby boy Angél as ‘the greatest pain’
‘We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time. Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you.’
Cristiano recently made waves with his shock ‘mutual parting of ways’ with Manchester United and is reportedly offering his services to Spanish team Real Madrid.
In a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan, the football legend spoke up for the first time about missing the pre-season in Thailand.
Earlier this year, the couple’s baby daughter Bella was rushed to hospital with bronchitis, and Cristiano spoke up last week about the club’s ‘lack of compassion’ claiming that they ‘didn’t believe his daughter was ill’.
He told Piers: ‘I spoke with the directors and president of Manchester United and they kind of didn’t believe that something was going wrong which made me feel bad.
‘They believed it but it’s something that really hurt me because they doubted my words.
‘We had one week in hospital because Bella had big problems and I didn’t go to the pre-season because of that.’
His daughter’s sickness came just three months after the tragic death of his baby son.
Manchester United refuted the claims, saying ‘they feel Cristiano Ronaldo’s criticism of their handling of his pre-season tour absence is unfair’.
Despite tragedies and drama, Georgina and Cristiano seem stronger than ever and were seen packing on the PDA during a 10-day family trip to Mallorca in May.
On the trip, Argentinian born model Georgina was snapped looking sensational in an array of designer swimwear, cuddling up to her long-term beau on a yacht and spending time with the children on the beach.
The close-knit family love frolicking in the ocean and Georgina was filmed snorkeling in a classic white bikini
The Argentinian born model, who grew up in Spain, started her career as a waitress in her hometown and then moved to the UK as an au pair before jetting back to Spain to work at Gucci in Madrid
‘Gio’ which is Cristiano’s nickname for his other half, poses on their luxury yacht in a silky Pretty Little Thing bodice and Louis Vuitton slippers – she opts for natural looking make-up and loose hair
She posted some shots to her popular Instagram, giving fans an insight into the inner lives of the celebrity duo.
Georgina’s Instagram page became an overnight Instagram sensation after the couple went public six years ago, now with a staggering 37.4 million followers, where the model shows off her lavish lifestyle with Ronaldo.
The Spanish raised model, affectionately dubbed ‘Gio’ by her sportsman boyfriend, has been on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Health and graced the cover of Cosmopolitan in 2021, as well as launching her own fly on the wall docu-series this year.
She has been an ambassador for fast fashion brand Pretty Little Thing and is often seen modelling their items online.
This week the media personality flew to Las Vegas to attend the 23rd Annual Latin Grammy awards, honoring her Argentinian roots.
The 28-year-old wore a stunning off-the shoulder brown Bardot dress and silver heels for the occasion.
The 28-year-old mother of two put on a leggy display in a sparkly brown Bardot dress and silver heels for Latin Grammy awards in Nevada, Las Vegas
Supercars and Prada hats: The 28-year-old mother lives the life of a typical ‘WAG’, driving around in a Bugatti – she is pictured here with a black Prada bucket hat and a Pretty Little Thing bodycon dress, the model has done several campaigns for fast fashion brand Pretty Little Thing on Instagram
Georgina was seen earlier this month getting into the festive spirit by showing off a spectacular Christmas display at the pair’s UK home, in a figure-hugging green dress.
In a short clip, fans were invited to take a look into the Ronaldo residence, as Georgina, ever glam, switched on her special effect fairy lights whilst walking from room to room in sky-high stilettos.
She said: ‘We are OBSESSED with these lights and have had so much fun making our own effects to help us get into the festive spirit.’
Georgina’s tree was decorated with the lights silver sparkly baubles and white flowers.
Underneath, she set up lit-up Christmas present decorations, complete with a pink kid’s toy car underneath.
The model also decorated her incredible spiral staircase with greenery.
It was reported last month that footballer Cristiano, splashed out £18milion on Portugal’s most expensive house, which is currently being built and due to be completed early next year for the family of seven.
However, Georgina’s sister told a Spanish TV channel that her WAG sister ‘won’t help her with money’.
The model’s elder sibling Patricia Rodríguez,33, who also has children, claims she is broke and has been living as a squatter without any help from her socialite sibling.
The mother says she has lived for three years without a fixed home while having to look on as Georgina flaunts her lavish life online as she travels around the world on the arm of the footballing icon, staying at his luxury mansions.
The sister of Cristiano Ronaldo’s glamorous girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez says she is broke and has been living as a squatter without any help from her socialite sibling
Georgina failed to mention Patricia in the documentary about her life, Soy Georgina (I Am Georgina).
She told Spanish TV show Socialite on November 13: ‘I’m broke and my sister doesn’t help me. What hurts me the most are my children, not me.
‘After all, I can get by on a piece of bread, but my children, who are her nephews and nieces.
‘I wasn’t expecting this from my sister. Sometimes I have enough to eat, other times I don’t. Sometimes I have enough to pay the rent, other times I don’t.’
Patricia said that the relationship with her 28-year-old sister has been turbulent following the death of their father in 2019.
Patricia said she ‘still didn’t have his ashes’ because of Georgina.
In a desperate plea, she said: ‘Georgina, I need help, you’re my sister.
‘I know you have no obligation or responsibility, but as you are supportive of and so good with others, at least be so with your nephews and nieces.
‘If you don’t want to help me, help your nephews and nieces.’
Georgina failed to mention Patricia in the documentary about her life, Soy Georgina (I Am Georgina).
‘Broke’ Patricia said that the relationship with her 28-year-old sister(pictured above) has been turbulent following the death of their father in 2019 and despite her luxury lifestyle the 33-year-old claims her half-sibling hasn’t given her any financial help
In the series Pretty Little Thing Ambassador and Cosmopolitan cover girl Georgina spoke of her friends, children, and her other sister, Ivana, but one name was absent.
The estranged siblings share the same father, Jorge Eduardo Rodriguez, with Georgina, but Patricia was born to his former partner, who also fails to appear in the documentary.
She said in one of her first media interviews some years ago: ‘I’ve always felt apart from her.
‘They immediately put me in a boarding school in Jaca while my sisters were cared for by some girls.’
She added: ‘I asked for a signed Cristiano shirt for my son. She told me she didn’t want to bother him, that he was on holiday.’