Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer start for Real Madrid, is the 2013 FIFA* Ballon d’Or. The award for the best player in the world goes to Ronaldo for the second time in his illustrious career. The prestigious award is presented each year to the best soccer player, as voted on by coaches, team captains and journalists from around the world.
Ronaldo had a sensational 2013, where he netted 62 goals in 52 games for his club and the Portuguese National Team. He finished runner-up three times in the past four years since winning his first Ballon d’Or in 2008.
In the competitive world of professional sports, good nutrition can be a key advantage. Global sports icon and international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo believes that it is essential. That’s why the Portuguese winger/forward joined forces with Herbalife to promote great nutrition and regular exercise for people of all activity levels.
“I strongly believe in the importance of the right nutrition for me as an individual, both on and off the field,” says Ronaldo. “I am looking forward to working with Herbalife, as a company that shares my passion and brings such expertise and knowledge in the area of sports nutrition.”
Herbalife Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Johnson says that teaming up with Ronaldo is a natural. Ronaldo is a leader on his team and Herbalife is a leader in global nutrition. “One of the most exciting elements of our new relationship is that we will be working with Ronaldo to develop cutting edge sports nutrition products together, which will be cobranded,” said Johnson.
Ronaldo is already working with Herbalife Senior Director of Sports Nutrition Dr. John Heiss on a comprehensive product line. As his official nutrition sponsor, Herbalife will also work with Ronaldo to optimize his own nutrition program and provide him with a range of products to support his demanding training regimen. Finally, he will team up with the Herbalife Family Foundation to develop programs that assist nutritional health and education initiatives.
Johnson says Herbalife gets positive exposure from more than 100 sponsorships of athletes, teams and sports events. “The world is wearing the Herbalife® brand and it is a testament to our products that Herbalife is attracting interest from renowned athletes in Europe and around the world.”
*Herbalife is not affiliated with FIFA
Cristiano Ronaldo Achievements
- European Golden Shoe – 2008, 2011
- FIFPro World Player of the Year – 2008
- FIFA Ballon d’Or – 2008, 2013
- FIFA World Player of the Year – 2008
- Onze d’Or – 2008