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The soccer superstar and the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model had dated for five years

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January 20, 2015 10:15 AM

The final whistle has been blown in Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk’s relationship.

The soccer superstar and the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, both 29, have called it quits.

“After dating for five years, my relationship with Irina Shayk has come to an end,” Ronaldo, 29, said in a statement to the Associated Press. “We believed it would be best for both of us to take this step now.”

The couple got together in 2010, a year before Shayk’s star turn in the SI Swimsuit Issue.

Ronaldo, who plays club soccer for Real Madrid and international soccer for Portugal, is widely considered one of top soccer players in the world – he has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or, given to the world’s best player, three times, including last month.

European media outlets are reporting rumors linking him to Real Madrid TV presenter Lucia Villalon, but that could not be confirmed.

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